Dressing table

“[...] When I woke up in the morning, my eyes fell on the wallpaper under the sloping roof. A pattern like drops on the window of a moving train, in brown and light blue.

A crack was visible on the ceiling of the bedroom. During the Second World War, an unexploded bomb fell through the roof and ceiling of the two upper floors and landed in the landlady’s bed. My grandfather and the landlady’s husband courageously threw the dud bomb from the window and into the garden.

During the day, we were not allowed in the bedroom, but we did so in secret nonetheless. The dressing table greatly attracted us. It belonged to a set of bedroom furniture that my grandparents purchased in the 1930s. On the table, my grandmother displayed her soap collection, from which the palette of smells has burnt into my brain; revived from time to time when I pass a drugstore or a group of elderly ladies.

In the hallway, there had been another mirror with a shelf, where my grandfather combed his hair and brushed the lint from his coat before putting on his hat to leave the house. In the car—he drove a white VW Beetle—he then took his hat off again. [...]”

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Pre-fabricated parts, manually assembled

A dressing table, part of a series aimed at interpreting slightly forgotten types of furniture, such as: the escritoire , the folding screen, the dresser, the dressing table…

The dressing table has a back with a simple mirror, a birch plywood body, and two drawers that swing outwards from a brass hinge. All of these components were laser-cut, then assembled and finished by hand.