When not making photographs, I occasionally make forays into woodworking as a diversion. This project
really started with the acquisition of 4 Heywood Wakefield dog bone chairs in need of a complete strip and
refinish as well as new upholstery. Heywood Wakefield's line of blond streamlined modern furniture has a soft,
curvaceous sensuality, with organic shapes appearing in their best designs. Couple this with the fact that the
furniture was well built (unlike the mass produced junk of today) well, it's very appealing for boomers like me.
Despite the best of intentions, life sometimes gets in the way, and so the project was
put on hold and they sat squirreled away in the garage. In the meantime, I was on the lookout for a
Heywood table that would fit our funky '50's kitchen but the problem was that they were never quite
the dimensions I wanted, and since HW is now collectible, the prices have skyrocketed.After months of searching
I concluded that the only way to get what I wanted, was to build it myself. So I channeled my inner Alexis de
Sakhnoffsky (google him) and produced a working drawing of something I thought would play nice with the chairs.
Heywood never built this particular table but by using their design language, I finally arrived at something they
could have produced back in the day. While I was at it, I installed new window treatments, and fabricated trim to
match the rest of our little craftsman bungalow.
Built out of birch, finished in HW "champagne".
Legs are shaped by hand in the form of a tapered ellipse.
The new table works well with the 60 year old chairs!
Thanks for looking! Feel free to leave comments below.