An extremely stylish extending dining table made of teak and designed by John Herbert for A. Younger Ltd. This elegant, vintage mid-century table is of very high quality design and construction, with beautifully shaped legs, placed, unusually for this period, at the very corners of the table. The table extends by sliding apart the two top pieces and allowing the sizeable extension leaf to swing out from beneath.
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 Glasgow 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.
Although it barely detracts from the stunning good looks of this piece, there is a small darker area to the top of the table (see photo).
L142 x H73 x D79cm (Length Extended: 198cm)