With a table top sitting 71cm from the ground, our Warren Platner-inspired Dining Table is perfect for all dining occasions, be it a casual lunch with friends or a show-stopping dinner party, adding a dash of mid-century panache to any room it sits in. Its solid glass top has a diameter of 137cm, giving four diners more than enough room to gather around it and enjoy each other's company over a sumptuous meal, while Platner's trademark steel wire base is both sturdy and quirky.
Warren Platner looked at design in a different way. He made a career out of experimenting, innovating and challenging people's perceptions of both what furniture was, but also of what it could be. His signature use of steel wiring and trademark solid base were examples of just this. He once said of its inception: 'I, as a designer, felt there was room for the kind of decorative, gentle, graceful kind of design that appeared in period style like Louis XV, but it could have a more rational base instead of being applied decoration. 'The result was the Dining Table, simultaneously revolutionary, classic and beautiful.
1919-2006 (United States)
Warren Platner graduated from the Cornell University School of Architecture in 1941, and soon after he started working in the offices of legendary designers Eero Saarinen and I.M. Pei. He opened his own New Haven office in 1967, which quickly became an important design studio, creating furniture, lighting and textiles, as well as interiors. Platner outlined the definition of a ‘classic’ as being: something that every time you look at it, you accept it as it is and you see no way of improving it.
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