An extending dining table made from afrormosia wood and designed by John Herbert for A. Younger Ltd. This elegant, vintage mid-century dining table is of very high quality design and construction, with beautifully shaped legs and extension leaves whose width gently tapers towards their ends. One of the stand-out feature of the table is that it extends easily by sliding out the two extension leaves that sit under either end. This means that three different table lengths can be achieved by employing either none, one or both of the extension leaves. Additionally, this clever design makes the table more aesthetically pleasing as, when it is unextended, there is no break across the table’s middle where traditionally the two halves of table would meet.
John Herbert was a British designer active during the 1950s and ‘60s, and was known for his Danish style sideboards and high-end furniture ranges for the furniture manufacturer, A. Younger. It is speculated that sometime in the early or mid-1950s, Herbert became Head of Design for A. Younger Ltd. The trailblazing firm—which produced high-end modernist furniture—was one of the first to adopt the Scandinavian style in the 1950s, but was also one of the first manufacturers to abandon it in search of something more uniquely British in style. In 1955, Younger produced its first teak dining suite, Moselle. Two years later the teak collection Volany (1957) was introduced, and remained in production for over a decade.
In 1960, Herbert’s designs won three awards from the Furniture Makers’ Guild. John Herbert’s designs for A. Younger were consistently low volume productions, constructed from high-quality, expensive timbers that were attractive to more discerning customers. In the late 1960s, as appetites for teak furniture reached saturation point, Herbert designed a new dining set in African walnut for Younger. The decision by Herbert and A.Younger to move away from the ubiquitous timber was a conscious one, but one that paid off. The refreshing Toledo collection (1972), inspired by traditional Spanish design, was a bestseller. Today, there is a robust market for Herbert’s designs, particularly for the universally appealing, Danish style sideboards and dining tables that are as characteristic of the mid-century era as they are of Herbert himself.
The table top is in super as we’ve had it refinished to a high standard by a professional furniture restorer. The previous owner of the table has fitted castors to the table legs. If you decide to remove these, the table height drops to approx 69cm.
Table: L129 x H75 x D81cm (Extends to 170 and 212cm)