This classic mid-century dining table comes with 4 chairs and extends to accommodate 6 people, if required. The chairs and table are cleverly designed so that the chairs all neatly tuck under the edge of the table top. Space saving and… very cool to look at. The table has a lovely tone to it as we’ve just had the top refinished by a professional furniture restorer. A beautifully designed & crafted extending dining table, this vintage item has that stylish retro look to it. The table and chairs show a distinct Scandinavian influence, typical of this period.
Scottish furniture manufacturer McIntosh is best known on the vintage market for their mid-century style furniture, particularly for teak cabinetry and sideboards. Founded in 1869 by Alexander Henry (A.H) McIntosh (1835-1919) in Kirkcaldy, Fife. The business quickly grew in size, requiring new, larger premises just a decade later. In 1879, McIntosh bought a new factory and opened Victoria Cabinet Works a year later.
Though little information regarding McIntosh’s early designs is available, it is known that the factory—like many British enterprises—joined the war effort during the First World War. With most workers (including the founder’s grandson, Henry) called up to enlist, the McIntosh factory began manufacturing airplane wings and other parts for the duration of the war. During this time, Alexander Henry’s son Thomas Wishart McIntosh (1861–1933), headed the family business from London, where McIntosh had established an office.
Despite an aesthetic that could be mistaken as Danish modern, the company marketed itself, both at home and abroad, as a proud Scottish firm that utilized traditional processes and that employed local, highly-skilled cabinetmakers. The McIntosh label, which survives on many 1950s and 1960s pieces, shows the Scottish thistle and crown, a long-time symbol of Scotland. From 1948 until 1983, Tom Robertson worked as head designer for the firm; creating his most notable design, the teak Dunvegan sideboard (1960s) known for its sculpted handles.
The table top is in super condition as we’ve had it refinished to a high standard by a professional furniture restorer. One of the chairs has been repaired (see photo). The repair is good and strong and isn’t easily noticed. As you’d expect, the fabric shows little signs of age and use in places (see photo).
Height 75cm – Diameter(unextended) 114cm – Length(extended) 159cm