Solid Teak model FD510 Mid-Century Modern imported by John Stuart side table designed by Tove and Edvard Kindt-Larsen and manufactured by France & Daverkosen. A solid teak rectangular table top with a graceful bowed side rail and features an open lower shelf and four tapered round legs. The lower shelf features sculpted side rails that support 12 smooth slats that create a shelf midway down the legs. Referenced by the Design Museum Denmark under number RP15840. Manufacturer’s Stamp – F&D France & Daverkosen. Distributor Label – John Stuart Inc – Grand Rapids, New York on underside of table. A practical good looking teak side table with a useful book/magazine rack and beautiful profiles.
Condition Report: Original finish, lower shelf is tight and supported, exhibits little signs of wear, with typical scuffs, overall gorgeous surface condition. beautiful warm patina. Construction is strong and sturdy.
Designer: Tove and Edvard Kindt-Larsen
Manufacturer: France & Daverkosen
US Distributor: John Stuart
Place of Origin: Denmark
Design Period: Mid Century
Materials: Solid Teak
Wear: Wear consistent with age and use
Measurements: 29.53” W x 20″ Deep x 22.45” Height
France & Søn / France & Daverkosen
Founded in 1948 by the British businessman Charles France and his partner, Danish cabinet maker Inger Daverkosen. In the early years the company was called France & Daverkosen, Charles’s son James joined the company in 1957 which resulted in the name change to France & Son.
At the very beginning the company produced mattresses. They then developed the idea to use two simple loose sprung cushions on their first chairs which would pave the way for a whole new generation of minimalist framed modernist chairs.
The company was at the very vanguard of modern design and came to epitomize the Danish modern aesthetic. They had an incredible rostra of designers producing work for them which reads like a who’s who of design at the time, they included Arne Vodder, Grete Jalk, Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard Nielsen, Inger Klingenberg, Finn Juhl, Ole Wanscher, Greve Sigvard Bernadotte and Edvard & Tove Kindt Larsen.
John Stuart Inc.
John Stuart or John Stuart, Inc. was an American furniture company and distributor in Grand Rapids Michigan from at least 1934 to 1956. They produced high end Early English, Georgian, American and French Revival reproductions as well as Modern residential furniture.