Oak & Leather Rotating Bookcase
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Rotating bookcase in cerused oak veneer with two flaps and open niches inset with green leather
Probably France, circa 1950
This curious spinning bookcase brings to mind the work of the notable French designer, Maxime Old. Indeed, a piece of a very similar design can be seen within his oeuvre. His use of geometric forms and the absence of ornamentation in his work, as well as his renowned 'transformative' pieces of furniture helped to lead mid- century furniture design, whose focus was largely on practicality and comfort.
Of simple form, the carefully proportioned, box-like body of the bookcase sits atop a circular base, upon which one is able to turn it, thus enabling access to all of its various shelves from a single seated or standing point. The oak veneer, whose cerused surface gives emphasis to the natural grain of the wood, is broken up by the bold, dark green leather interior of the niches. The two flaps to the top open up to provide a larger surface area, also lined with green leather, giving further function to the piece.
Simple, practical, not elaborate but with a pleasing quirk of mid- century inventiveness, this piece is a quintessential example of the 1950's design aesthetic.
H 71cm x W 51cm x D 51cm
H 28" x W 20¼" x D 20¼"
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