Ernst Plischke Modernist Drop-Leaf Table

This refined Ernst Plischke table was the height of sophisticated modern design in 1940s New Zealand.

Zealandia Chair Co | New Zealand
W 36cm – 172.5cm, D 83.5cm, H 74cm




In his home country of Austria, Ernst Plischke was a leading proponent in the modernist "Neues Bauen" (New Construction) movement before fleeing to New Zealand in 1939 as a refugee from Nazism. Plishke was not only a talented architect but also an accomplished writer and furniture designer and his legacy includes some of the most inspired public and private architectural works throughout New Zealand in the 1940s and 50s.

From large scale projects such as Wellington's first modern skyscraper, the glass-curtain fronted Massey House, to quaint churches such as St Mary's chapel in Taihape, Plishke has left an enduring legacy. Since Plischke's death in 1992, his reputation has continued to grow in both New Zealand and Austria. Of his early European designs, many are protected as landmark modernist buildings and his exceedingly rare furniture has become highly coveted internationally.

This rare, drop leaf table is a significant Plischke design made from NZ Beech with Black Linoleum inserts. It is featured in numerous design publications of the late 1940s and was also showcased by the much lauded Helen Hitchings Gallery in Wellington. This particular table was specified by Architect Bernard Cox for a modernist home he designed in Palmerston North in 1950.


Materials: Beautifully crafted from beech and ebonised plywood

Wood Finish: Good vintage condition

Construction: Joints are sturdy and solid

Mechanism: Table folds out on both sides

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