Ethan Allen foreshadows Restoration Hardware?

palimpsestJuly 31, 2012

I ran across this odd Ethan Allen table introduced in 1971. The cog actually turns. Apparently, it's a relatively rare piece--maybe because most people weren't sure what to think of it?

Anyway, it made me think of Restoration Hardware's current fascination with the industrial-turned-furnishing

And, in turn, the couture-level, real deal stuff like this table from Cache, through 1st dibs.

Somehow I think the least "genuine" is the Restoration Hardware piece. The Ethan Allen piece is a kind of hokey, ain't kiddin' anybody reference to something, and the Cache table is, of course, genuine. But the RH piece is trying very hard to look very genuine. I feel like a lot of their stuff is like Holly Golightly. It's real, because it's a real phony.

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Fori is not pleased

I would use that EA table. Not the other two.

But then I've never been accused of having good taste.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 12:33PM
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palimpsest

I like it too, because it is plain and sturdy and "out there" at the same time. And it turns, which is funny. The only reason I would want to have a 25 room house is to indulge my affection for odd furniture.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 12:40PM
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bestyears

Can you imagine having the EA turning table in the house with kids?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 12:43PM
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katrina_ellen

Funny, I can see my grandkids on it - it would be the most popular toy in my house.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 1:41PM
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Fori is not pleased

I like to think of it as modular--you could have two or three meshed together. It's just fun furniture.

I've seen a few rotating coffee tables--I think Heywood Wakefield made one--but I'm not sure what they do for you (aside from just being different). Is it to swap cocktails at a party? Or make it easy to put your keys in the bowl when you're mildly incapacitated but still want to get in on the swinging?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 1:56PM
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palimpsest

This one probably turns because as a cog, it's "supposed to".

But I think to serve hors d'oeuvres is one reason for the rotating table. This came on the heels of a number of modernists (in the Hollywood Regency vein) who made some pieces of furniture with clear additional functions, Edward Wormley and William Haines among others. They made dining tables with lazy susans built-in flush to the surface, bedside tables with specific functions, and padded headboards with flip down armrests and such.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 3:16PM
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patty_cakes

Way too 'different' for my taste, and those who know me would ask...'why'? ;o)

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 4:48PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

All I can think of is the Lost Lighthouse wheel.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 5:59PM
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lakeaffect

I love it, it's a riot, and wow, what a conversation piece. I can see it painted too, but I can see almost anything painted, so that is no surprise. Off to comb CL for interesting stuff, palimpsest, your finds inspire me or, perhaps aid and abet is a more precise term.

Thank you for posting more cool stuff.

Sandyponder

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 6:33PM
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ttodd

I find the EA table interesting and I really like the wood but I couldn't own it because I'm a klutz and would nail my shin on each and every one of the poking out thingies.

The other's aren't an option and it's been quite some time since I've uttered or written the initials _ _ unless it was something I bought from them years ago.

Seriously - I perused their on-line catalog the other day to see if there was anything machine washable and they showed a deep indigo blue linen throw that they said was washable but then said not to set on light colored furnishings because of color transfer.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 7:11PM
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palimpsest

My question would be what kind of room would it go into?

I don't think it would be at its best in a room full of Ethan Allens's tavern pine stuff of the same sort. I think it has to be a piece that you consider separately, somehow. But I don't know what the mix would be.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 7:43PM
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jterrilynn

That table would be perfect for the busy family with tots and a dog. I'd put bumpers on it, some hidden hooks underneath and some cheerios on the top. Then all you would need is a few harnesses.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 10:20PM
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nicoletouk

My college boyfriend's parents had that table in their family room. I loved it! And the funny thing is that decor wise, the house was very plain and boring. Not much on the walls, no accessories, comfortable but plain furniture, neutral colors. I always thought it strange that such a boring house had such a quirky piece.

Nicole

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 11:15PM
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newdawn1895

For some reason I kind of like the EA piece, like art or something. Would I use it, nah.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 11:52PM
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marcolo

I see it paired with metal, though a bit obvious. Maybe I'm just thinking about a living room that could inflict maximum physical injury.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 12:12AM
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Locrian

Visions of wafting insence, rainbow pattern beaded curtains, tassled floor cushions, and flowing Lava lamps. Complete the vision with monkey bowls and thimble tea cups and fondue pots.

Hmmm, wonder where that hallucination came from ;-) My friend called it an Attitude Susan table. Her parents were very 1950s Beatnik and unique set/scene designers which carried over to their household visions... Loved visiting there!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 2:54PM
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Fori is not pleased

I was thinking the field room at Fair Lane, but it's too refined.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 3:06PM
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jterrilynn

The other day I came across some "Granny Chic" furniture and decorative items on Joss & Main which sent me on a google seach of said Granny Chic style. There might be a modified way to use the EA table in that sort of set-up. I think the granny look sofa would have to have arms in the same wood tone. It would have to be granny chic with a refined edge though.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 5:43PM
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jterrilynn

Here is a modified granny chic sofa that might work.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 6:08PM
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bronwynsmom

Now I'm starting to get the incense hallucination, too!

What an era...everything in the apartment came either from big trash day or the salvage yard, we cooked big one-pot meals for whoever was hanging around, we had a water bed and a VW bus, and I only wore embroidered denim and things that came from, I don't know, Ecuador, or that I made out of Indian bedspreads.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 7:00PM
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outsideplaying_gw

Far out.... Too many memories floating around here.

That EA table is kinda pretty, but I'm not buying. It and I would have too many battles. Reminds me of something I'd see in one of those barns-turned-into-a-house.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 7:49PM
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drybean

Fori, I just spit out my tea in laughter.

Or make it easy to put your keys in the bowl when you're mildly incapacitated but still want to get in on the swinging

It was the 70s,after all.

Thanks for the laugh.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 2:56AM
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lakeaffect

I can see it in one of those all shades of white/cream rooms with dark flooring and beams (and, of course, the requisite "pop of color" $200 a shot pillows). Or with a trendy ikat inspired print couch and some vaguely Moroccan accessories. But I think it would look best in my LR, hanging with the elegantly wasted leather couch, oriental rug, brass lamps, stone FP and doug fir ceiling. I don't know, it just has character IMO and the fact that it turns is a bonus, "Yo, don't pass the hors d'oeuvres, just turn the table!"

sandyponder

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 9:41AM
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bronwynsmom

Just read jterrilynn's post for comprehension, and howled.

I'm mother of English ancestry who believes firmly in harnesses for toddlers. I had one, and my children had them, and you can imagine the looks I got. I didn't care. I believed in keeping them at least as safe as we keep our dogs. My hands were free, my children had a controlled radius to move in, and they didn't spend half their time in public with their shoulders coming out of their sockets.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 10:03AM
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jterrilynn

brownsmom, I had a UK harness for 2nd son who could not be contained in a stroller, playpen, walker or carseat and he even dismantled his crib. I actually had to attach him to the coffee table leg just to use the restroom. In public...yes, lots of strange looks. It's more socially acceptable to have them harnessed in a container on wheels.
I would have loved a table like that at the time.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 11:34AM
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ILoveRed

Bronwynsmom--loved your pst re: harnesses. Never say never.

Didn't think I would ever use one until I had twins. It was either use harnesses or never go out without the fear of one running out in traffic while the other one gets away.

Strange the looks we get from others because of our harnesses. One lady even made a remark to my face about keeping my boys on leashes.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 12:39PM
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jterrilynn

Interesting that we woman think of things to do with unusual furnishings in a practical sense, or at least I do. Shame there is not more men on this site (that isn't just lurking). It would be fun if Pal posted some obscure furniture piece and asked for posible practical uses with VISUALS. I like to think there could be a race for patents. I bet it would be a hoot on the differences between the sexes in how the pieces would be used.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 1:18PM
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