Coffee table forming a bar by Lodovico Acerbis, circa 1970

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What I like

I like this coffee table for the beauty of the materials used, typical both of the 1970s and of the work of Lodovico Acerbis: this black lacquered wood which reveals its grain, this steel which plays with the smoked glass. There is an extreme refinement there, as only the high-end Italian design of this time could create!

On the other hand, the design of this table is a marvel, comparable to a sculpture the two cylinders separated by this diamond motif, floating between the upper and lower plates are a marvel of geometric volumes typical of sculptures from the 1970s!

Finally, I like the versatility of this coffee table: by swiveling the smoked glass top, the two cylinders are transformed into a bar, very clever, with these half-height shelves for storing glasses and these white plastic trays, washable, welcoming bottles!

In short, I particularly admire the inventiveness and attention to detail shown by Lodovico Acerbis, and produced by Acerbis!


Technical description

Lodovico Acerbis for Acerbis

Rectangular coffee table forming a bar, composed of a rectangular base in black lacquered pine veneer with two side bands and two steel edges, on which are placed two cylinders separated by a steel diamond section element; above, a smoked glass top with rounded corners pivots to reveal the two cavities formed by the two cylinders, accommodating a mid-height semi-circular shelf for glasses, and a round white plastic top for bottles.

Circa 1970.

Scratches and a tiny shock without loss of material at an angle of the glass top, light wear due to use.

Dimensions and weight

Height: 39 cm – Width: 100 cm – Depth: 50 cm

Weight:40 kg

Mix & Match

This coffee table forming a bar is indeed very typical of the 1970s but is high decoration by the refinement of its design and the quality of its materials: being more than a piece of furniture, rather a sculpture, therefore, it can perfectly fit into a living room with sophisticated antique furniture but will know how to live with the creations of its time as well as the present!

If you use the pair of white lacquered metal fireside chairs and the Sling bench by Bruce Hannah and Andrew Morrison for Knoll alongside it, their orange upholstery will be reflected in the round, flat steel walls of this bar table! This sculpture table will go wonderfully well with our pair of G10 armchairs by Pierre Guariche covered in peacock blue wool or our set consisting of the G10 armchair by Pierre Guariche and the Troika stool designed by Paul Geoffroy, covered in white Bisson Bruneel terry cloth! the very taut lines of the design of these seats will highlight the volumes of the Lodovico Acerbis table!

On the walls, we are spoiled for choice: the pinks and browns of Charles Piquois’ diptych will bring their poetry to the whole room; while the very frank colors of the Composition by Edgard Pillet or the flat areas of the Rêve d’enfant tapestry by Daniel de Linière, will reinforce the sculpture side of our table-bar.

We can also successfully combine the steel of our table with the zinc and lead of the monumental sculpture Colonnes-1966 by Guillaume Leunens: two successful creations, with geometric universes full of beauty!

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The designer

Lodovico Acerbis was born in Albino, Italy in 1939. After studying business and economics, he joined the family business specializing in the design and manufacture of furniture. In 1977, he met a great Italian designer: Giotto Stoppino. For 15 years, they will work together around a common idea: to design furniture that facilitates storage. They have both received numerous awards including the Compasso d’Oro in Italy and the Silver Award from the Institute of Business Design in New York. Although no longer working together, Acerbis continued this research work around storage capacity. Several pieces of furniture signed Acerbis are now part of the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

The editor

Acerbis is a benchmark for connoisseurs of Italian design. At the forefront with its 150 years of experience, its constant search for modernity has produced creations of extraordinary innovation.

Originally founded in 1870 by Benvenuto Acerbis in the Seriana Valley of the Bergamo region, Acerbis has introduced cutting-edge industrial production and collaborations with some of Italy’s most innovative designers since the 1960s under the leadership of Lodovico Acerbis, including Giotto Stoppino, Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Vico Magistretti, Nanda Vigo and Gianfranco Frattini.

A beautiful and authentic bar-coffee table at a fair price

Our table-bar has been carefully selected for its aesthetic qualities, its originality and its fair price. Our choice favors above all the acuity of the design, of which the signature of Lodovico Acerbis is the guarantor, guarantee of a valorization of your new acquisition in your interior and of an ability to dialogue with your furniture, to agree and to mix to create a unique decoration.

Buying vintage furniture is surely a reasonable investment, so great is the appetite for the 1970s.

Finally, buying vintage furniture preserves the resources of planet earth.

Additional information
Weight 40 kg
Dimensions 100 × 50 × 39 cm





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Dominique de Paillerets is passionate about objects and art. He likes to combine Design furniture from the 70s and the 18th century, in the spirit Combining refinement and the spirit of the seventies

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