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Otto Wretling 'Ideal' table, Sweden 1936

Documentation Signed
Documentation Notes Marked with makers label.
Origin Sweden
Period 1920-1949
Materials Outside is made of ebony veneer. The inside is made of birch with ebony inlays.
W. 44.09 in; H. 24.02 in; D. 26.97 in; H.2. 30.31 in;
W. 112 cm; H. 61 cm; D. 68.5 cm; H.2. 77 cm;
Open W. 88.19 in; Closed W. 44.09 in;
Open W. 224 cm; Closed W. 112 cm;
Condition Good. Wear consistent with age and use; Paint on the column has some cracks.
Creation Date 1936
Description Beautiful foldable table by Otto Wretling Designed in 1936 with the maker’s label inside.
The “Idealbord” (Ideal table) has an inventive design, with flaps that make the tabletop foldable, and a column that can adjust the table’s height. The column on the base is black lacquered and the metal bearing adjusting the height is painted black to match it. The table in its closed position has an ebony veneer like the base. When folded out, the birch is visible with ebony inlays. The inlays have a peculiar pattern and show great craftsmanship.
Thanks to the adjustability of the table’s height and length, it can serve as a dining or coffee table as well as a console table. It is ideal not only in its name, but also for versatile functions. It was patented in 1936 by cabinet maker Otto Wretling. He designed the table together with his son, Bo Wretling in 1935.

About the designer:
Otto Leonard Wretling (1901-1986) was born in the city of Umea, Sweden. He was a visual artist, designer, painter, and furniture manufacturer. Contemporarily he is best-known for the Ideal table.
Together with brother Wilhelm (1871–1951) Otto Wretling took over the father's painting company in 1897. The business was soon expanded with a furniture carpentry in 1905, and Otto Wretling became the head designer. The company's furniture style was initially inspired by Art Nouveau, but over time it developed into a tighter Scandinavian design. Wretling also designed and built a couple of houses in Umeå. The company in central Umea was active until 1969. Throughout his life, he was active as a visual artist and created a large number of paintings in oil with natural motifs from Norrland (Northern Sweden). In 1928, Company Otto Wretling was selected as the Royal Court Supplier by King Gustaf V.~H.
Styles / Movements Modern, Scandinavian Modern
Incollect Reference Number 261846
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