Paul Laszlo, Architectural Cocktail Table for Brown Saltman, USA, c. 1950

Paul Laszlo, Architectural Cocktail Table for Brown Saltman, USA, c. 1950
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Paul Laszlo, Architectural Cocktail Table for Brown Saltman, USA, c. 1950

Designed for Brown Saltman, this bleached mahogany table epitomizes Paul Laszlo’s penchant for pared-down traditionalism and California modernity. The architectural table is composed of a shell pink lacquered top supported by two unique rectangular legs featuring a white ceruse finish. The refinished table retains its original Paul Laszlo and Brown Saltman stamps.

Laszlo is best known for his inimitable personal style of elegant modernism. Born at the height of the Belle Epoque, Laszlo sidestepped the popular schools of the Wiener Werkstätte and the Bauhaus that had dominated the design world during the years he worked in Europe. Before immigrating to Los Angeles, Laszlo gained a reputation in Vienna and Stuttgart as a prodigious architect and designer. Laszlo’s European sensibility left an imprint on California design, contributing to the development of a new “California Modern” style. With a reputation for producing custom furniture of the highest quality, Laszlo had a productive and remarkably long career that lasted almost sixty years.

Typical of California design, Laszlo used a great deal of glass and wood in his works. His interpretation of modernism was neither hard-edged nor linear, instead incorporating traces of a softening traditionalism. His furniture was notably comfortable, often featuring bold color schemes and sumptuous textures including lacquer, veneer, marble, brick, flagstone, gold leaf, and hand-woven fabrics. Laszlo’s distinctive furnishings present a harmonious blend of traditional and forward-thinking, modern attributes.

Dimensions: 15.75″ H x 48″ W x 26″ D

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