This Mid-Century Modern amoeba coffee table exhibits amorphic design reminiscent of works by Adrian Pearsall and Vladimir Kagan. The cross beam trestle style solid oak wood base perfectly balances the boomerang shaped top. This piece is all solid oak with a stunning, cathedral flared grain, thick walnut veneer. The wood tones and grain are both contrasting and complimentary.
Adrian Pearsall designed some of the most exuberant and expressive American furniture of the 1950s and ’60s. For verve and vivacity of form, he surpasses even Vladimir Kagan — whose work is the emblem of swinging, sexy mid-20th century modernism. Pearsall gave his imagination free rein, and his flamboyant, eye-catching styles are icons of what has become known as “Atomic Age” design. He studied architectural engineering at the University of Illinois before opening his Pennsylvania furniture company, Craft Associates, in 1952, and that training shows in many designs. A Pearsall trademark, for example, is a lounge chair with an exceptionally tall, trapezoidal back, which give the pieces a skyscraper-like silhouette. Pearsall also had a talent for so-called “gondola” sofas — long, low-slung pieces with upswept ends. Many of his sofas and chairs are supported not by legs, but on gently arced walnut skids. He also had a gift for tables, in particular glass-topped side and coffee tables with frames that have the look of an Alexander Calder stabile. His work adds an attention-getting, sculptural exclamation point to any décor.
The Restoration:The FMV team brought this boomerang amoeba coffee table back to like-new condition. The top was refinished and nearly 99.9% of the blemishes have been mitigated. Sealed with five hand-buffed coats of finish. Base is in excellent overall condition and only needed to be cleaned an oiled.