02 September, 2009

Table design with legs

The front room of LiLu Interior's new design studio serves as the reception area. It serves as our conference room. And it serves as a showroom of sorts for a unique table designed by Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings.

[caption id="attachment_1562" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="This Robsjohn-Gibbings table serves as LiLu's conference table and was purchased from Spinario Design in Minneapolis."]This Robsjohn-Gibbings table serves as LiLu's conference table as was purchased from Spinario Design in Minneapolis.[/caption]
Robsjohn-Gibbings (Gibby to his friends) first achieved prominence in 1937 for his reconstructions of classical Greek furniture. Though no actual ancient Greek furniture is known to have survived, he was the first to attempt its recreation.
His designs were based on imaginative sketches he had drawn of the furniture depicted in ancient vase paintings and bronzes in the British Museum. As a result, Robsjohn-Gibbings' look was widely emulated.
In 1960, he met Greek cabinetmakers Susan and Eleftherios Saridis, and, together, they created the Klismos line of furniture, which drew heavily on classical forms. It is still in production. Robsjohn-Gibbings eventually moved to Athens, where he became designer to Aristotle Onassiss.
A table that fits - both LiLu and IMS
Before his death in 1976, Robsjohn-Gibbings recalled, "On Greek vases I saw furniture that was young, untouched by time. . . . Vitality, surging through the human figures on the vases, surged through this furniture."
Our reception/conference table is a visual reminder of the vitality untouched by time surging through this historic building. Sure the additional space we have now is nice. But what we've really gained is a workplace that inspires us to continue offering our clients fresh style and a boutique design studio experience.

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