Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Side table

Designer:
John Dickinson (American, 1920–1982)
Date:
ca. 1972
Medium:
Galvanized tin, brass, steel, plastic
Dimensions:
24 x 28 x 28 in. (61 x 71.1 x 71.1 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Reed Krakoff Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.17
Not on view
The work of this San Francisco-based designer and decorator incorporates striking originality and wit. The galvanized tin surfaces of this table are molded to simulate the supple draping of fabric, despite being rendered in a rigid material (inspiration came from a tapestry-covered table in the designer's apartment). With its decorative effect and unlikely juxtaposition of material and form, Dickinson's work predates and foreshadows similar experiments in post-modernist design.
Inscription: Signed and inscribed (brass plaque, bottom right corner of one side, engraved): John Dickinson LXVIII
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Classic/Fantastic: Selections from the Modern Design Collection," December 21, 2007–April 5, 2009, no catalogue.

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