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Danish Modern Dining Table and the Curse of Three Chairs

Updating the Kitchen Around the Cathrineholm Poster – Part Two:

I put a halt on my kitchen update project, because my husband and I had been house hunting for last three months. I didn’t want to add a piece of furniture not knowing if it was going to fit in our new house. But I couldn’t get out of the habit of checking Craigslist and found a piece I had always dreamed of – a Danish modern teak dining table.

Danish Modern Teak Dining Table

The table was simply listed as “Teak Expandable Table $55.” I had seen the similar table for at least $300, so I thought it was a pretty good deal. The seller said the table belonged to his mother-in-law. She bought it when she got married in the 60’s. Too bad he didn’t have the matching chairs! The table has two hidden leaves underneath of the table top. It is a perfect size for a family of three. The leaves have some water stains, but overall it is in a great shape for its age. There is no marking to identify the manufacture. It is simply stamped “MADE IN DENMARK.”

Without Leaves

Now the chairs – turned out I wasn’t so lucky with finding chairs. After a month long search on Craigslist, eBay, thrift stores, used furniture stores, and antique malls, I gave up on a thought of finding a set of four matching Danish modern teak dining chairs at $150 budget. In a meanwhile, I did find three Bertoia side chairs for $100 (not the vintage ones).

Bertoia Side Chair

These chairs are not very comfortable without cushions. Knoll sells the cushion for $162 – no thank you. I picked the reddish orange vinyl to make my own and broke the sewing machine while stitching the second cushion. So the table and three Bertoia side chairs sat in my living room for another month. By the way, my cats love the table, too – it’s perfect height for them to sit and spy on the neighbors.

Much Worse Before

Two months later, I finally found the teak chairs I like on eBay. The seller stated the chairs were new old stock from a closed upscale import shop originally located in Minneapolis, MN and stored in the warehouse for over 30 years. They were manufactured by Sunwood Industries in Copenhagen. I scored them for $56 and paid $69 for shipping, a total of $125. Not too bad… except it is another set of “THREE” chairs 🙁

Unassembled Danish Modern Teak Chairs

The chairs were never assembled, so they came in a bunch of pieces. They have solid teak legs, back and woven natural cord/rope seat. I didn’t realize the colors were off from the listing pictures. So, here they are, my mismatching Danish modern dining table and three chairs. The fact I only have three chairs doesn’t bother me too much. It will be just two of us sooner or later anyways, but I am not 100% happy – so my search for a perfect Danish modern dining set continues…

A Little Better After

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3 Responses to “Danish Modern Dining Table and the Curse of Three Chairs”

  1. Alison Burtton 06 Mar 2012 at 7:37 pm

    You might try oiling the chairs. It’s hard to tell from your shots, but they look a little dry to me.

  2. Oryon 11 Dec 2012 at 11:31 am

    I have just acquire the same dining table from a friend, no chairs either but I plan on restoring the table. my pull out leaves are in great condition. but the rest will have to be sanded and redone. did you find out any more information on that table? or the chairs that go with it? mine is also only marked made in Denmark.
    Thank you for your time!

  3. adminon 17 Dec 2012 at 8:58 pm

    No other information on the table. I still have the same teak chairs – I think they are fine for now. I’m hoping I will find a better dining table and chairs someday. If I can find a dining room set (table, chairs, china hutch, etc.), that’s even better 🙂

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