Henry P. Glass (September 24, 1911 – August 27, 2003) was an Austrian/American designer, architect, author, and inventor. One of his most popular designs today has become the Hairpin leg, designed by him in 1942.
Interestingly his design concepts across all of his work had long since highlighted an awareness of the environmental impact of the production and distribution man made objects..
Concepts: Efficiency in materials use, minimize waste in manufacturing, reduce environmental impact. Optimize shipping, portability & storage of furnishings by use of folding and collapsing design elements (Wikipedia)
There are many ready made hairpin legs available to buy on the internet today but we wanted more variation in size and shape to match our various table and desk designs as well complete control of quality. Once we had our designs we were very fortunate to be able to enlist the welding skills of Clare Grotefeld creator of the Glyndebourne silver Rose to make our designs exclusivley for naturalcity furniture.
This dining table below has extra wide hairpin legs to compliment the tables size as well as using much heavier guage steel than normally found elswhere.
They come flat packed and ready to bolt together.
Two variations on our hairpin legs. A round coffee table and a tall entry way console tables.
Here at Natural city furniture we love to combine the old with the new. Our brief was to create a modern desk space with wood that had character but was functional.
For all our customers we can produce computer generated illustrations using Vray for Sketchup, to show the final product before committing to buy. We create textures of the wood from our own photographs of the wood we use daily.
Victorian pine denotes the age of the wood. Mostly from floor joists, this wood has had plenty of time to settle and season. Originally the wood was cut from trees as old as one hundred or even 200 years old. These old trees were much denser in grain than even the best pine available today.
To keep the wood looking as natural as possible, we apply a finish of Osmo polyx.
The wood is cut and planed to size purposely exposing the oxidised nail holes, a reminder of the woods origin.
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