it’s a kind of magic.
a george nelson table is a classic, fitting every interior. this version does that literally, because it transforms from a small round table into an oval dining table 1.52 metres long – if there are a few more guests than expected. the versatile table, designed by george nelson and george mulhauser in 1956, consists of a four star powder coated steel base and a round formica top, split in half to allow insertion of a matching rectangular middle plate.
the two halve plates slide on a unique patented mechanism: the ‘watertown table-slide company’ (founded 1889) patented and manufactured wooden slides for extension tables. furniture manufacturers then bought these extension slides to complement their own designs. find out more about the companies history here.
extension table no. 5653 by george nelson and george mulhauser, 1956 for herman miller, usa. table in good vintage condition, showing minor signs of use on the top and the base.
white formica, edge covered with birch wood, white powder-coated cast aluminium base. “watertown” stamp on sliding mechanism. additionally there’s a sticker by “contura” (later: vitra) that wrongly attributes the design to “designer charles eames” – possibly a mistake that happened in production at the time.
literature: “george nelson: architekt, autor, designer, lehrer”, vitra design museum 2008, p.263
height: 74 cm (29,13 in), diameter: 107 cm (42.12 in), oval extended: 152 cm (59,84 in)