This large, unique table belongs to the very earliest phase of Arne Jacobsen’s work. It was designed for a private villa in 1937; at a time when modernism had its breakthrough in Denmark with Arne Jacobsen as one of its most prominent pioneers.
The table perfectly illustrates the exquisite sense of materials, details and contrasting interplays that are always expressed in Jacobsen’s work. Jacobsen was influenced by international architecture and design and he often seemed to combine the stringent and geometric aspects of early continental modernism with a more organic approach, delicate curves and carefully designed details, thus creating a distinguished idiom of his own. The table is characterized by a grandiose presence, a very time-specific 1930’s weightiness, yet Jacobsen added a variety of details and contrasts, giving it a modern feel. Placing the thin rectangular table top on a frame with soft, round corners and beautifully executed curved lines where it meets the thick round legs, he created a subtle contrasting interplay of different lines and shapes and emphasized this contrast by the use of different wood types. The legs and the frame are made in oak, a classic Nordic wood type, whereas the table top is made in tulipwood, a more exotic sort from the magnolia family.
It is said, that Arne Jacobsen’s special quality as an architect was that he was always for the present, but never wrote off the past. This table is a refined example. Here he combined a very modern, simple and clear structure with the deep-rooted virtues of the Danish handicraft tradition. The table was made by one of Copenhagen’s finest cabinetmakers at the time, Rud. Rasmussen, and testifies to a commitment to carefully chosen materials and high-quality craftsmanship.