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ATTRIBUTED TO

Hans Eichenberger, Haussmann & Haussmann

MAKER

RETAILER/IMPORTER

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

STYLE / PERIOD

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MATERIALS

Steel Tube, Chrome, Rosewood

DATE: Circa

1960s

ABOUT

What an iconic mid-century modern Swiss designed dining table! It is attributed as the brainchild of Hans Eichenberger in the 1960s, produced by Haussmann & Haussmann, and distributed in the U.S. by Stendig. The base, which was produced by Ernst Ries & Sohn and retains its label, is comprised of chromed thick tubular steel sled legs. And the top is made of composite wood and rosewood veneer. At some point in its life the tabletop has had a veneer repair that leaves a small diagonal line across its surface at one corner. To me this repair is both endearing and intriguing and does not take away from the table’s overall beauty. I can only imagine the circumstances requiring the repair and the stories it could tell. This iconic table will be a demanding presence wherever it is used.

Hans Eichenbrger was born in 1926 and is a furniture and interior designer based in Herrenschwanden, near Bern. The early 1950s, after training as a carpenter, took him to Paris where he was part of a dynamic cultural milieu that impacted his life and career significantly; and when he returned to Switzerland he began his undeniable impact on 20th century Swiss design history. He collaborated with Trix and Robert Haussmann, Kurt Thut, teo jakob, and Alfred Hablutzel under the name of Swiss Design, as well as Atelier 5. These collaborations and his design projects for Swiss National Bank, the Kunstmuseum Bern, and the SBB are linked to the making of modern Switzerland. His work is included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, and the Museum fur Gestaltung Zurich. He won many awards and influenced designers in multiple generations and is still going strong.

Stendig was totally the brainchild and passion of Charles W. Stendig. You cannot write or talk about Stendig without explaining Charles. He was a pioneer of import goods in the mid-century. After serving in WWII as a paratrooper, he studied business with emphasis on international trade at NYU and City College of New York. Afterward first working for Raymor, another pioneering distribution company, for about two years, departing to start his own business: Stendig. He opened his first showroom in 1956 in midtown Manhattan. He is credited for sparking America’s interest in furniture from Finland, Switzerland, Italy, and Czechoslovakia. He imported from the likes of Thonet, Asko, and De Sede; and from iconic designers including Le Corbusier, Josef Hoffmann, Eero Aarnio, Tapio Wirkkala, Marcel Breuer, Jonathan De Pas, Donato D’Urbino, Paolo Lomazzi, Carlo Mollino, Carlo Scarpa, and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni to name just a few. By the late 1960’s, Stendig had showrooms in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco with a large headquarters in NYC. They were exciting and good times but short lived. The business was a challenge and when an offer was made by Burlington Industries to purchase, Charles agreed. He stayed on till 1976 to oversee and then retired. I have searched the internet to no avail to find out if a Stendig division is still in operation. But I can only find the Stendig Calendar, the only calendar in MoMA’s collection, which was designed for Stendig by Mossimo Vignelli, still offered. But I am having a hard time deciding who is creating and offering it. I do know Burlington Industries was bankrupt by 2001, purchased in 2003, merged with Cone Mills in 2004 and subsequently into ITG or International Textile Group. But the Stendig name reins as an icon of high style mid-century offerings.

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Handsome Omega dining table in rosewood and chrome designed attributed to Hans Eichenberger for Haussmann & Haussmann. The legs are marked with their maker which is Ernst Ries & Sohn. It is in wonderful overall vintage condition. The chrome base has been cleaned and polished and is gorgeous but may still have small signs of age. The wood top has been restored; however, there was a previous veneer repair that leaves a diagonal line running across the top. Please see photos. Circa 1960s.

Table Size:

  • Height – 29.75 Inches
  • Width – 78 Inches
  • Depth – 36 Inches
  • Knee Clearance – 28 Inches
  • Width Between Legs – 46 Inches
  • Weight – 125.2 Pounds

 

Crated Size Assembled:

  • Height – 36 Inches
  • Width – 84 Inches
  • Depth – 42 Inches
  • Weight – 240 Pounds

 

Crated Size Disassembled:

  • Height – 14 Inches
  • Width – 84 Inches
  • Depth – 42 Inches
  • Weight – 220 Pounds

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