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Coffee Table by Peter Ghyczy

S/N:2CF508

c. 1970

  • £595.00
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Stunning coffee table designed by Peter Ghyczy, c. 1970.
Renowned for his innovative design, the table features four solid brass, brutalist legs, and 15mm thick glass.
The glass is remarkably unscratched for it's age, the brass legs have some light scuffs at the bottom, as well as a good aged patina, commensurate with age.
It's a very high quality, extremely heavy piece of furniture!


German designer Peter Ghyczy was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1940. Following political unrest, Ghyczy’s family fled Budapest in 1956, moving first to Vienna, then to Bonn in Germany. Ghyczy finished his secondary education in Germany, studying sculpture in Düsseldorf before studying architecture at the Technical University of Aachen in 1960, specializing in constructional engineering. He graduated in 1967, having written his thesis on unconventional school buildings. During his studies, Ghyczy worked as an assistant to renowned German architect Rudolf Steinbach (1903-1966), and on projects in Paris and Egypt. In 1969, he became a German citizen.

Ghyczy’s most successful design in this period was the Garden Egg Chair (1968) for Reuter, which remains one of his most recognizable designs today and is one of the earliest known examples of a hinged chair. The Garden Egg Chair is often referred to in German-speaking design circles as the Seftenberger Ei, named after the East German city in which the chair was produced, after the technology to make the polyurethane was sold by Reuter to VEB Synthesewerk. Due to the new location of Ghyczy’s Egg production, the chair became an icon of East German design in the 1990s. Working only with plastic as a material, Reuter also produced Ghyczy’s Easy Chair (1971), and GN2 Lounge Chair (1971).

Sometime in the early 1970s, the designer moved to Swalmen in the Netherlands where he founded his own design studio. For his first furniture collection, Ghyczy developed a new way of fixing glass to metal, which resulted in a series of coffee tables , side tables , and dining tables known as the Pioneer Series (1970s). The technique used on the tables has since become Ghyczy’s signature, and is exemplified particularly through the delicate, floating appearance of the frameless glass, which is secured with a single screw.

Dimensions: 

  • H: 45cm (17.72in)
  • W: 120cm (47.24in)
  • D: 70cm (27.56in)

Period: 

c. 1970

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