If you are looking to incorporate a quirky feature or add a practical piece of MCM furniture to an otherwise neutral hallway, a mid-century gossip bench/telephone table is a great solution.
Whilst redundant as a “telephone table”, this sexy Ercol style bench seat will provide you with a surface to plonk keys, add a plant, vase or perhaps a bowl of pot pourri but also somewhere to sit whilst putting on shoes. Place a mirror above so you can glance a look at your appearance on your way out, maybe add that retro phone for visual effect. This table looks as good from the back or front, so useful as extra seating in the living room with the integrated table for drinks and storage for books or games!
This telephone table certainly has a nod to Ercol design, its frame similar to the coffee table and also “Chippys” version, certainly Danish influences, a great practical example from the mid-century modern era.
A solid hardwood teak coloured frame with seat and built-in side table with storage shelf plus a two bar shelf below suitable for shoes. The seat has still got lots of bounce in it and is upholstered in a black leatherette, possibly its original. There are no nicks or holes in the fabric, all the buttons are secure and the piece has been thoroughly degreased, re-oiled and polished. Structurally sound, this piece is in excellent vintage condition, only showing wear consistent with age and use.
Just a bit of history:-
The gossip bench began as a shelf for the telephone (then a very large and cumbersome non-portable object) to rest upon, usually in the hallway of the home. Naturally, telephone users began using regular chairs to sit on while using the telephone. It was only a matter of time until the two (shelf and chair) were combined into one stylish piece of furniture by opportunistic furniture craftsmen everywhere. A lamp and the telephone would typically be placed on the table top of the gossip bench, while a telephone directory would be stored in the drawer underneath.
Height 55 cm to top of table
Seat height 46 cm
Please bear in mind that all our vintage and retro items have had a life before you purchase them (sometimes quite a long one!) therefore they will show signs of wear and use, these may include knocks, dents and scratches, bumps and scuffs which are commensurate with age and previous use. We never sell items that we wouldn’t be happy to have in our own homes and provide images detailing any significant damage or unusual wear. Please carefully read the details and examine the images prior to purchase. All our items have been thoroughly cleaned and de-greased, re-oiled and polished (where necessary) and are fit for purpose. If you’re unsure, or would like some more information, please contact us, we’re always happy to help.
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