Monday, August 10, 2015
The Classics: The Telescoping Table
Next month, I will celebrate nine years of blogging, and I can hardly believe it. Back then, blogging was considered cutting-edge, but today, it's more like the éminence grise of the social media world. So much has changed since 2006, and yet, in a way, much has stayed the same. Nine years later and I'm still focusing my attention on those interiors and furnishings that have stood the test of time.
Some of you who have been with me for the long haul might remember "The Classics" series that I wrote a number of years ago. Each of the series' blog posts featured furnishings that I considered to be classic. Think Porthault linen, Brunschwig's "Les Touches" fabric, and Billy Baldwin's slipper chair. (Little did I know back then that I would eventually develop this concept into a book, In with the Old.) But it dawned on me last week that I had never written about a piece of furniture that is most definitely a classic: the telescoping table.
Look at the homes of Hubert de Givenchy, Howard Slatkin, and Alex Papachristidis, to name but a few, and you'll find at least one telescoping table, which is a small occasional table whose height can be adjusted thanks to a telescoping shaft. You often see these tables constructed in brass, although they are made in others metals. And although most owners seem drawn to round telescoping tables, you will find square versions in many a well-appointed home, too. I have been told that those made by Maison Toulouse in the mid-twentieth-century are highly desirable, but also coveted is Matthews & Parker's nifty new version, which I recently saw in the Atlanta Brunschwig & Fils- Lee Jofa showroom. Seriously, what's not to love about a table that is handy, adjustable, and, most important, classically chic? And now, after having written this post, I covet a telescoping table even more than I did last week. I'm moving this table to the top of my wish list.
Photo #1: The Finest Houses Of Paris; #2: Private Houses of France: Living with History; #3 and #4: Fifth Avenue Style: A Designer's New York Apartment; #5: Luminous Interiors: The Houses of Brian McCarthy; #6: The Age of Elegance: Interiors by Alex Papachristidis; #7: Robert Couturier: Designing Paradises.