Dakota Jackson “Self-Winding Coffee Table” in Chrome, 1978 For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 5 images

Dakota Jackson “Self-Winding Coffee Table” in Chrome, 1978

About

Iconic postmodern design by Dakota Jackson. The steel base features three levels of thick glass. Referencing the self-winding clock, the two “hands” of the table shift under and around the round top like the hands of the clock that hover ever so slightly apart from the clock’s face. This work is often described as “semi-functional,” which is not exactly what it sounds like. This table is fully functional as a coffee table, and, yes, it can take a number of shapes depending on the placement of its “hands” ... but it also looks like it is supposed to do something more than what it actually can do. In other words, Jackson is poking holes in the the haughty Modernist tenet that ‘form follows function.’ He shows us that something can look functional, have the functional aesthetic, and not necessarily function in the way that the aesthetic indicates. There is no “minimal” essential form that any essential function dictates. So to put postmodernism in a nutshell: one can sit on a chair and use a barstool as a table. One can sit on a barstool and use the chair as an ottoman. What makes the chair a “chair” and the stool a “stool” is not essential to what they are... The chair is a chair because it looks like a chair “should” and then we use it based on what we believe it to be. Of course what is so profound about postmodernism is not that the table might look like a clock or look industrial and glamorous at the same time, it is that design, literature, art, etc. can wake us up, inspire us to reconsider and perhaps set aside even for a glorious second all of the notions, identities, labels, memories, ideologies to which we cling and to experience the sweetness of the moment, the endless possibilities of now. PS - Very few examples of this design were made in anything other than brass tone. The chrome version seen here is quite rare.

Details

  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    Very good vintage condition. Rotating mechanism works well. No breaks or cracks. No major visible scratches apparent. No pitting or patina to chrome visible at this time. Presents extremely well. Minor age appropriate wear to be expected.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 17 in. x W 48 in. x D 48 in.H 43.18 cm x W 121.92 cm x D 121.92 cm
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU4190312449153
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with you and the seller to reach an optimal resolution. Read more

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity
    Shipping methods are determined by item size, type, fragility and specific characteristics.
    Shipping costs are calculated based on carrier rates, delivery distance and packing complexity.
  • Return Policy

    This item can be returned within 2 days of delivery.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

5 / 5
Vetted
Platinum Seller
1stdibs seller since 2018
Located in Brooklyn, NY
More From This Seller
Philippe Starck Delano Carrara Marble White Coffee Table, Casters, Postmodern
Philippe Starck Delano Carrara Marble White Cof...
Philippe Starck
Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Stainless Steel, Carrara Marble, Wood, Paint
Designed by architect Robert Swartburg, the Delano (named after FDR) was built in 1947 by Rob and Rose Schwartz. The hotel was originally utilized for military housing. The then four...
Brueton Industries Kee Kee Coffee Table, S. J. Friedman, Modern Chinoiserie Ash
Brueton Industries Kee Kee Coffee Table, S. J. ...
Brueton, Stanley Jay Friedman
Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Ash
Brueton Industries Kee Kee coffee table, S. J. Friedman, modern chinoiserie, ashwood with espresso finish, satin. Gorgeous sculptural Postmodern design by Stanley Jay Friedman for Br...
Henkel Harris Wild Cherry Drop-Leaf Handmade Queen Anne Coffee Table
Henkel Harris Wild Cherry Drop-Leaf Handmade Qu...
Henkel Harris
Late 20th Century American Queen Anne Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cherry
Henkel Harris Virginia galleries drop leaf coffee or end table 41.5 inches with leaves open up, 16.5 inches height. Wild cherry wood. Gorgeous rich finish, simple, sensuous line, all...
Isamu Noguchi Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table Herman Miller Signed Ebonized 1948
Isamu Noguchi Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table H...
Herman Miller, Isamu Noguchi
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Wood
Isamu Noguchi Mid-Century Modern coffee table Herman Miller signed, 1948, black We often have other finishes of authentic Noguchi tables in stock, please contact us for more info....
You May Also Like
Dakota Jackson Wonder Series Console Table
$799 Sale Price
57% Off
Dakota Jackson Wonder Series Console Table
Dakota Jackson
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Console Tables
Wood
Wonder series console side table. Gently sloping, canted legs. Diamond pattern table tops with graceful bowed ends. Pau Ferro veneer in high gloss polished finish.
Dakota Jackson "Cuba" Console
Dakota Jackson "Cuba" Console
Dakota Jackson
20th Century American Console Tables
Custom designed console table by Dakota Jackson.
"Metsidian" Unique Coffee Table/Cocktail Table in Obsidian and Chrome
"Metsidian" Unique Coffee Table/Cocktail Table ...
Janne Kyttanen
21st Century and Contemporary European Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Chrome
Metsidian represents a moment in time, an eruption that melds two divergent materials together. The Prehistoric evolves into the futuristic as the organic volcanic obsidian form tran...
Chrome and Glass Coffee Table
$999 Sale Price
33% Off
Chrome and Glass Coffee Table
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Chrome
Vintage American chrome coffee table with round glass top / Made in the United States of America in the 1960's. Diameter: 41 inches / Heigh: 15.5 inches 1 in stock in Palm Springs cu...
Paul Evans Directional Cityscape Coffee Table in Chrome and Brass
Paul Evans Directional Cityscape Coffee Table i...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Metal
A low coffee table in an iconic patchwork Cityscape design with brass and mirror polished chrome signed Paul Evans.
French Sculptural Chrome Ring Coffee Table
French Sculptural Chrome Ring Coffee Table
Vintage 1970s French Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Great sculptural chrome coffee table. Interlocking circular rings. Thick 5/8" circular glass top. Excellent vintage condition.
Paul Evans Chrome Cityscape Coffee Table
Paul Evans Chrome Cityscape Coffee Table
Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Chrome
Polished chrome patchwork coffee table designed by Paul Evans for directional, from the cityscape line. Fully restored. Polished top with new chrome panels on base.
Mid-Century Modern Chrome Coffee Table
Mid-Century Modern Chrome Coffee Table
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Chrome
The simple yet elegant lines on this Mid-Century Modern chrome coffee table make a stylish addition to any seating area. Featuring a heavy chrome frame and a thick square glass top, ...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries