The kidney table.

The kidney table.

The piece of furniture of the 50s

A look back at the furnishing style of the past is worthwhile. Especially the 50s turn out to be a real treasure trove of simple, functional and still timeless furniture.

The ostentatious furnishing style of the pre-war period was no longer in demand after the Second World War, as many people now had to make do with little living space and this should therefore be used as sensibly as possible.

Practical designs, simple shapes and simple materials characterize the new style of furnishing, so the furniture is very easy to combine and fit into any style of living.

Beloved

Kidney table is considered THE piece of furniture of the 50s par excellence, why this decade is also called the "kidney table age". Used as a couch or side table and also often serves as a base for potted plants. As the name suggests, the shape of the table top is based on the kidney, the organ of humans and mammals responsible for the removal of toxic substances. The kidney-shaped top was typically supported by three wooden legs, which were attached at an angle (not at right angles) and tapered towards the bottom.

Typically, the tables were made of wood, the table tops resopal coated, that is, covered with a kind of laminate, decorated with mosaic tiles or discreetly painted.

Kidney table in retro design from raumstation.

Kidney table in retro design from raumstation.

from raumstation
seen at DaWanda

Kidney table in retro design.

Kidney table in retro design.

from raumstation
seen at DaWanda

Violated

The asymmetry and playfulness of the kidney-shaped coffee table were intended to express the rejection of the rigid and strict views of the past Nazism. With no corners and no edges, the table was also meant to symbolize the furniture's departure into modernity.
In theory, at least, this was the idea, but then in real life in the 50s the world looked quite different. The scarce money and the fact that furniture was not a fashion accessory, as it is today, led to the fact that the kidney tables were found only in a few and very modern living rooms. Then in the 60s they arrived more and more in the mainstream and lasted until the 70s. They changed shape away from the classic kidney to triangular designs, eventually giving way to the new plastic designs and the expansive colors of the flower power movement. But by then, kidney tables had long since achieved cult status!

Newly discovered

Today, the trend in the furniture industry is back to natural raw materials such as cork, rattan and wood. And the trend towards retro designs is also clearly visible. Therefore, the classic kidney table is also experiencing a comeback and finds its way back into living rooms & co.

Vintage designs, i.e. new models that are based on the shape of the originals, are increasingly coming onto the market and genuine retro tables are highly traded at flea markets.
The kidney table is and remains simply a classic and will certainly be able to celebrate a revival now and again in the future!

We say: Congratulations!

Kidney table from Prachtexemplar.

Kidney table from Prachtexemplar.

from Pracht|exemplar
seen at DaWanda

Kidney table from Look&Vintage.

Kidney table from Look&Vintage.

from Look&Vintage
seen at DaWanda

useless kidney table knowledge

1. kidney table has even made it into the dictionary and is described as "low table with kidney-shaped top".

In the book "Kidney Table, Lloyd and Rubber Tree," author Uli Borsch takes readers on a journey back in time to his life and to the 1950s and 1960s of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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