This drop-leaf coffee table, model No. 1, was part of a limited series designed by Kofod Larsen in 1955 for P.A. Pedersen, a small cabinetmaker in Brande, Denmark who created a limited number of hand-made pieces of high-quality construction in the guild tradition.
Similar to early designs of Hans Wegner and Borge Mogensen, this table is comprised of a frame of solid European white oak, with the table tops and magazine shelf in teak veneer. Subtle curves cut into the magazine shelf rails give a floating impression. A continuous brass piano hinge connects the drop-leaf to the main top. The table top can be slid over the base to be 51″ long with the leaf up, or 35″ with the leaf down. The table is 19 1/2″ wide and 20″ tall.
The joints for the table are mortise and tenon, compared with dowels used in most furniture factory construction.
The table is in excellent original condition. The wood has been recently cleaned and reconditioned with some repairs made to the veneer
Due to its hand-made and labor-intensive construction, cabinetmaker pieces of this sort were low-volume by nature, and are rare to see in the wild. The attached ad is from Mobilia 1955.