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Teak Dining Table

This dining table was made up of solid lengths of teak jointed together with floating tongues. These had previously been repaired using what looked like silicone sealer(!) and hadn’t been clamped up properly or even flush at the ends.

Repairs involved re-doing the jointing, routing the ends straight and planing some of the boards which wouldn’t separate in order to get the top looking reasonably flat and uniform.

The table had also been stained with quite an uneven red stain and had lots of dents and white filler in the gaps so there was quite a bit of touching-in to do here and some localised staining to get everything ever before adding a cold stain to kill the red and bring back a more natural tone. Finally, we finished the top in shellac and wax.

MIDCENTURY SHOW EAST – this morning in Hackney

Checked out Midcentury East this morning – amazing show, so much nice stuff and the 1960’s school designed by Ernö Goldfinger that the show was held in was the perfect setting (Check out our photos below)…

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Overview of the main hall
Nice set of original Norman Cherner armchairs - bent solid and ply wood c.1958 (US)
Nice set of original Norman Cherner armchairs – bent ply wood c.1958 (US)
Interesting Oak armchair. Possible Arts & Crafts. Not clear whether it should have had upholstered seat and back pads but it looked very cool as it was.
Interesting Oak armchair. Possible Arts & Crafts. Not clear whether it should have had upholstered seat and back pads but it looked very cool as it was.
Cute child's chair by Harry Bertoia.
Cute child’s chair by Harry Bertoia.
Loved this artist's' palette occasional table.
Loved this artist’s’ palette occasional table.
Nice example of one of Robin Day's less ubiquitous polypropylene chairs...
Nice example of one of Robin Day’s less ubiquitous polypropylene chairs (c. 1967)…

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Awesome 50's occasional table
Awesome 50’s occasional table
Crazy 80s toucan lamps
Crazy 80s toucan lamps
MKII Isokon Penguin Donkey (Ernest Race c. 1946)
MKII Isokon Penguin Donkey (Ernest Race c. 1946)
Garden Egg chair - Peter Ghyczy c.1968
Garden Egg chair – Peter Ghyczy c.1968

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This unusual sofa was hinged in two places allowing the sitters to move closer together
This unusual sofa was hinged in two places allowing sitters to move closer together or remain in a line as is conventional
Some nice Alvar Aalto pieces
Some nice Alvar Aalto pieces

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Eames seats anyone?
Eames seats anyone?
Eames rockers
Eames rockers

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Dutch, moulded ply and metal framed chair designed by Friso Kramer for 'De Cirkel' c. 1954. Had a similar aesthetic to a lot of Jean Prouvé's furniture I thought...
Dutch, moulded ply and metal framed chair designed by Friso Kramer for ‘De Cirkel’ c. 1954.
Had a similar aesthetic to a lot of Jean ProuvĂ© and Ernest Race’s furniture I thought…
This rad old ambulance was parked up in the playground selling bacon sandwiches
This rad old ambulance was parked up in the playground selling bacon sandwiches