The original Art Deco table was designed in 1941 by the cabinet maker and designer Erik Johansson and made by the firm Reiners in Mjölby, a small town in the south of Sweden. We designed and made this particular table in burr ash and black lacquer for the London house of the rock star Freddie Mercury in 1989. Mercury, who had a degree in art and graphic design from Ealing Art College, was a keen collector of antiques and art and was client of ours over many years. He was so pleased with this table that he commissioned us to make a second table for his apartment in Montreux in Switzerland. The only difference with that table was that the black spheres were decorated with silver stars.
Inspired by the design of the coffee table we have also made pairs of side tables based on a design from 1923 by the French designer Pierre Legrain (1888-1929). We made them in blond birch with a black lacquered sphere, but we have also made a pair in black lacquer with the sphere covered in white gold-leaf