Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tables: The Specification of Form



"The basic utility of a table goes without saying. Flat, hard, moveable surfaces for working or eating are at the most basic core of furniture needs. In the 18th and 19th centuries different task specific table forms were developed for dining, sewing, taking tea, playing card games, etc. This specification of form naturally coincided with the wealth of the patron. It wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution and the use of steam powered wood working machinery that opulent forms and extensive ornamentation (albeit mundane) were affordable for the majority of citizens." 

-from A Comfortable House: Furnishing the Maine Frontier

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