Coffee Table by Alexander Girard

Alexander Girard 1948

Alexander Girard described himself as "a reasonable and sane functionalist, tempered by irrational frivolity." The Model 108 Coffee Table, introduced to the Knoll catalog in 1948, reflects the playful spirit he injected into the often austere modern vocabulary.

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Construction and Details
  • Top is ¾” Baltic birch core with 45 degree bevel and a Light Walnut veneer
  • Legs are cold-roll steel tubes with metal weldment. Finished in black powder coat
Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification
  • Certified Clean Air GOLD
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  • Tabletop in Ebonized Walnut, Maple, or Medium Cherry veneer

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Alexander Girard described himself as “a reasonable and sane functionalist, tempered by irrational frivolity.” The Coffee Table, introduced to the Knoll catalog as the Model 108 in 1948, reflects the playful spirit he injected into the often austere modern vocabulary. The table was an early Knoll Classic, and is prominently featured in one of the most iconic portraits of Florence Knoll and her dog, Cartree.

Girard’s furniture and, more famously, his textile designs defined a new kind of “opulent modernism.” Often drawing inspiration from traditional folk art, his pioneering and innovative approach to design helped usher in the colors, whimsy and amoebic shapes synonymous with 1960’s America.

After a major retrospective or Girard’s work at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in 2004, Knoll reintroduced the Coffee Table.