William Westenhaver for Witco Ornately Carved Tiki Console, circa 1950Automaton Vintage Furnishings
This ornately crafted red walnut console with carved exotic details is a testament to William Westenhaver's Modern Primitive creations. Influenced by Polynesian natives sculpting their ancestral deities in to wood furnishings, Westenhaver fused his own graphic-design education and modernist artistry in to his designs.
Westenhaver joined forces with Western International Trading Company in 1957 to bring his vision of Polynesian inspired furniture to life. WITCO successfully brought the "tiki-fever" found in bars and restaurants of the era, directly into the American home.
The red walnut structure posses a distinct wood grain, with scallop shaped edges and embellished with furrows, lines and markings, as was evident in the Pop Primitivism movement. The top features indented ends, with attached strips of black colored steel and includes a low shelf, perfect for display or storage in a hallway, living room or den.
Being a fan of the movement, Elvis Presley created a "Jungle Room", dressed entirely in Witco furnishings at his Graceland Estate. If you're assembling your own "Jungle Room", inspired by the tropical trend in decor right now, or curating a design scheme that incorporates some whimsey this piece would aptly achieve those notions.
Measurements: 29" H x 60" W x 15" D.
Material: carved walnut, steel
Excellent vintage condition. As expected, minor signs of use commensurate with its age are evident. Please contact us for a full condition report.