Long Life Well Lived

Guest Blog by Kathy Trelease

This table was one of the first gifts from my future ex-husband in 1988. He has always been a great spotter, collector and restorer of mid century furniture, from long before it became a ‘thing’. The top had to be stripped, sanded back and re-stained to match the bottom surface perfectly. The legs didn’t need any work and show small signs of a long life well lived. It makes a great side table.

The table is actually two pieces, a tray and folding legs which are very light.  A real delight for me is that the legs fold flat by virtue of the most ingenious concealed hinge.  The legs are beautifully shaped and tapered to the base, touching the floor almost on a point.

It was designed for Fritz Hansen, but I haven’t been able to find the name of the actual designer.  Last month I saw that Fritz Hansen had re-released the design, albeit smaller and with legs and top the same colour. I’ve only ever found two examples on the internet, but mine is the only one I’ve ever seen with black legs and a brown top. That makes it even more special to me.

I’ve had this table now for nearly thirty years and I never tire of looking at it or using it.

Kathy Trelease is an architect and Practice Director of Eeles Trelease Architects: an Australian architectural practice delivering individually tailored residential, commercial, educational and aged care projects. Kathy loves eating out, good wine and malt whiskey, shopping for mid century antiques, Paris, London, Singapore and Galle, art and architecture, traveling the world (sometimes) and between Australian cities (often) to visit friends and new buildings.  Kathy also makes heavy silver rings because they are little sculptures that don’t need engineers or council permission.  Kathy also likes long walks on the beach, particularly if fresh oysters are involved. She also likes shoes, movies, ceramics, fabric, graphic design, pens, pencils and brushes, Danish design, jokes, miniature chair models, solving design problems, being on site occasionally, Nicola Waite and Alistair Trung clothes, rain forests and her phone.

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