Stopped dead in my tracks on the weekend when I read this. It's from ELLE Decor June/July 2003 and the quote is from Tom Scheerer describing the white lacquer Saarinen table. He calls it:
"The Platonic absolute of a table. All you really see is what's on top and around it."
So, I think I have mentioned Mr. Scheerer before. I quite love his work -- especially his county and beach houses: Relaxed but fully decorated. Judicious use of antiques. Warm modernity -- the best kind. And texture -- the man uses texture so so very beautifully. But today is about the Saarinen tulip table -- and that quote. When have you heard such insight? "The Platonic absolute of a table." There is such depth in design and I love when a writer and an interviewee can really dig deep. Here are some lovely examples of Tom's use of the Platonic absolute of a table:
All of these are from Tom's portfolio. See more of his genius here.
And just for fun, here are some pics of my use of that same style of table:
last 2 photos: paul c