Jules Wabbes Side Table in Solid Wengé
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Jules Wabbes, small side table, wengé, Belgium, circa 1961.
Well designed and unique square coffee table with end grain wooden top in wengé. The table is executed with two perfect squares on top of one another, held together by solid wengé legs. This table is a great example of the great craftsmanship of Jules Wabbes. The design is simplistic, yet executed in luxurious material and high quality, time-consuming techniques like the cross-cut top.
Jules Wabbes (1919-1974) was a Belgian furniture designer, architect and professor. He wasn't (as many of his contemporaries) trained as a designer or architect but learned the craft of designer furniture by sheer necessity. When Wabbes was 24, he opened an antiques shop where some of the furniture was in need of restoration. Therefore, he opened a small workshop where he taught himself how to restore furniture. Alongside restoration he also started to design furniture. His work is aristocratic and modest, and characterised by a sensual use of materials and a clear, almost architectural tectonics. Wabbes developed a line and idiom of its own, averse to the playful and swinging style of many other furniture designs of the Postwar period. Wabbes, influenced by American designers such as Edward Wormley, chose to build his furniture with solid wood giving his designs not only a luxurious appearance but also honest, timeless and sophisticated aesthetics.
- Wabbes-Ferran, Marie, Jurgen Persijn and Iwan Strauven. Jules Wabbes. Furniture Designer. Brussel: A+ Publishers and Bozar Books, 2012, p. 133.
- Wabbes-Ferran, Marie. Jules Wabbes. Ghent: Borgerhoff & Lamberigts, 2010, p. 151-153.