If you don't know what Heywood-Wakefield is you've probably just never known it's name. HW makes amazing, curvy, birch Art-Deco pieces that, in good condition, can be worth a fortune. For some reason they're more common up here in Michigan than they are down south. (According to Tracie @ MCM) They're all over Craigslist and they pop into shops once in awhile.
I think they're beautiful.
So when you guys all said that we should have a sleeker version of a side table for the living room I immediately started making a list of what I wanted, and it pretty much came to a HW side-step table.
They have two tiers, skinny legs, and a lovely shape.
We started prowling our favorite shops and got to our recent favorite, April's to dig around. After going through the whole store, sitting in a corner, was a lovely MCM table. We grabbed our favorite sales girl and said, "So, what's going on here? What's happening?" (It was marked at $100) and she responded, "This Heywood Wakefield? It's waiting to go home with you for $80" Even Nate yelled, "Sold!" as he picked it up and walked to the door.
And here she is in the living room.
Now, some people tend to call anything that resembles HW by the famous name- but there are slews of knock offs all over the place. Out of curiosity, I prowled the internet to see if I could find anything similar, and here's what I found my $80 table going for.
Heywood Wakefield is still making furniture, and the new version of these looks something like this...
My jaw dropped. $500 for my $80 table? I immediately made Nate crawl under there to see if it was stamped- as all HW pieces are stamped and he started to grin.
This does complicate things slightly as this is a "real" piece of furniture, I can't paint it.
Nope. I can't. I was originally planning on dip painting the legs, but one does not simply paint a collectable vintage piece of furniture. And while the finish is slightly off of what I'd prefer, she is gong to stay the way she is.
She does add a certain something, something to the living room though, doesn't she?