When it comes to vintage furniture I have three weaknesses, chairs, lamps and coffee tables. There is almost never a time I don’t have at least two coffee tables in my possession, as I do at the moment. So obviously I have no way to justify the purchase of this fab find at Toronto’s Upside Dive (269 Queen Street East). The table is a steal at $250 and it would be steel by the time I was finished with it, I’d strip that brass plate in a jiffy and it would be chrome for the ages.
The piece is a copy of a design by Roger Sprunger for Dunbar that I blogged about last year. The Dunbar original has a bolt joining each gently-turned leg, whereas the Upside table has straight bends attached with a solid solder. Shown right side up, above, the table comes with a good quality, 40″ diameter, smoked glass top. But my preference with this design is always to see it upside down, a W rather than an M. Unfortunately, you’d need a new top because the existing one barely reaches all four legs and then you’d be looking at a bloody big coffee table, at least 46″ if not 48″. But if you’ve got the space, Upside has the table. Original Sprunger pieces sell for around $2,000 on 1stbids.com and other high-end vintage furniture sites.