A few years ago I had the privilege of building a dining table and set of chairs for the late, great political observer and journalist, Molly Ivins. Although Molly was well known in political circles and filled in occasionally for Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes, she struck me as being somewhat shy and reserved though very smart. She lived in a modest cottage in what has become one of south Austin’s trendier neighborhoods.I think Molly only began to consider her personal interior design late in life. Anyway, I had a pretty blank canvas to work with. She liked the Blues Box when she saw my portfolio, so we decided to use the same materials in her table, curly maple and bubinga. I did get some inspiration for the design from a couple of Art Deco tables I had seen, but unlike most Deco furniture, which is highly veneered, this table is entirely of solid wood.
The photograph is bad, I know, but it is the only one I ever got of a piece I have a special fondness for. I liked the energy and presence of this table; reminds me of a plant in bloom. You can click on the image to enlarge it and get a better view.
Fortunately, when I was making Molly’s chairs, I made an extra one for myself. The chairs were quite lovely with the table (my unbiased opinion), so I will try to post some photos of one of them sometime soon. To see more of my furniture, go to My Furniture Gallery.