Stunning 1950s Walnut Nest of Tables by Bengt Ruda


We have a fabulous nest of tables by the Swedish designer Bengt Ruda, made by Nordiska Kompaniet in the 1950s. Ruda went on to become one of the first designers to work for IKEA.

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The tables are in walnut veneer with solid beech legs. The legs are very sleek and form a shape rather like the Greek letter lambda. The manufacturer has not matched the veneers on each table, this gives a fascinating example of the variety of colours and figure which can be seen in walnut, the most beautiful of all woods. Particularly striking are the flashes of orange colour on the largest table.

The original lacquer was damaged and become a little dark and opaque with age, thus masking the true beauty of the walnut, so we completely stripped and re-polished the whole set which is now in excellent vintage condition. There remain some very slight marks which could not be removed and a very slight bubble in the veneer of the largest table. The photo shows a 5p coin used as a guide to the size of the bubble.

The whole set is amazingly stylish and elegant.

Large Table W54cm H50cm D35cm

Medium Table W47cm H45cm D30cm

Small Table W40cm H40cm D25cm

Collect from Southport PR9 or we can arrange a courier at cost.

Proper Vintage Interiors

We are Jacqui and Brian partners in business and in life. We are based in Southport Lancashire. We buy and sell quality restored vintage furniture together with a range of interesting finishing touches for your Home. Brian is a retired French Polisher so he has plenty of experience in the restoration of furniture. We sell mainly online but have sold at vintage fairs in the past. we also have a space at The Royal Arcade Vintage and Antique Centre on Lord Street Southport.

For wood finishes we use three coats of state-of-the-art water borne lacquers as used by manufacturers. They have been certified to FIRA Standard 6250 for surfaces in heavy/severe use and are superior to any oil or wax. The finishing process we have developed maintains the timbers colour and warmth and enhances figure, grain definition and chatoyance.

Viewing and collection is available from our home studio/workshop or we can arrange delivery to most parts of the UK and Europe. Just ask for a quote.  We have a range of payment options.

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