Artist/Designer: Peter Shire
b. 1947 California
Title: Hollywood Table 1983
Medium: Wood, laminate and lacquer.
Dimensions: 23.5" high x 29.5" x 29.5"
Manufacturer: Memphis/Milano. Made in Italy.
Details: This table is the original vintage example produced in 1983 and included in the early exhibitions for Memphis in the US, including the traveling museum exhibition in all ten locations; from the Memphis Museum of Art (then called the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art) to the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York. Some surface scratches in both laminate top and lacquer ball, but still in very good condition.
Notes from the Archive: The name "Hollywood" was chosen by Memphis, as all their furniture designs were named after hotels and because Peter Shire was from Los Angeles, California - Hollywood seemed most appropriate for this piece. One of Memphis's most important innovations, was the use of plastic laminates for furniture. Laminates were widely used in kitchens and bathrooms, but had never before appeared in "formal" or public rooms. Memphis turned this convention upside down, decorating laminates and glueing them to tables, consoles, chairs, and couches. As Emilio Ambasz pointed out, these laminates are "forever young, eternally vibrant." Here on the Hollywood Table, every plane of the square table surface, top, sides and base is covered with a different shade of laminate to accentuate the geometry of the design. Each of the three legs in different shades of blue seems to pierce through the table top, marking it with a circle shape of the color. The brightly hued table top edges and the lacquered ball "foot" punctuates the design with additional jolts of color.
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