Monday, October 13, 2008

Sheraton Tilt-top Dining Table

The space I choose to place the Sheraton Tilt-top table in is the space in which it resides today. It is showcased in the Nichols house museum. It was designed in the late 1800's in England. This table in particular was designed for Rose Standish Nichols, and was used in her dining room. The hand built table sits a top a red, blue, and beige oriental rug. Being a fairly undecorated piece itself, the table can easily be adorned with runner, place settings, and flowers that correlate with the room. Its function is clearly to be a dining table, but can be easily transformed so that it is no longer functional as a table. The top of the table flips up that that it becomes parallel with the wall. The legs of the table have small wheels so it can be rolled to another place in the space. This creates other opportunities for how the space can be used because there is no longer a big table in the middle of the room.
Although the table is in the middle of the room, it is not particularly the centerpiece. There are many pieces of furniture, like hutches and side tables that are along the walls, along with several portraits. There is also a large fireplace at one end of the room that demands a lot of focus and attention. It is nice to see though that the painting, fireplace, table and chairs, and rug all work together to create a cohesive and collaborative dining room.

Similar: The table is placed in the fancy dining room and this is very similar to the John Betlter sofa that is placed in a luxurious parlor. Both items are seen in upper class homes.

Contrast: The Alexander Calder mobile that is placed in the National Gallery of Art is clearly in a very different location than the Nichols House Museum. The National Gallery is much more modern and simple, and it is not a house.
Sources: Nichols House Museum

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