Ernö Goldfinger (Budapest 1902 - 1987)
Mahogany, oak, beech, steel, plywood, canvas
710 x 1875 x 560 mm
Place of origin
2 Willow Road, London (Accredited Museum)
This sideboard began life as an upright cupboard in the Goldfinger’s home in Paris. The unfinished ends give away the original purpose of this piece of furniture, which is turned on its side and supported by steel girders. The ingenious tambour front accommodated this change in use, as the space-saving sliding door works in both directions.
A free standing mahogany veneered sideboard, supported on two metal 'I' beam legs [RSJs], with a roll back tambour front constructed of narrow battens of mahogany mounted on a canvas back, with two metal handles and locking mechanism. The interior divided into one short compartment to the left, with a sliding shelf, bearing a hole specifically cut for the record player (later addition), and one longer compartment on the right. Unfinished to the right and left external sides.
Bequeathed to the National Trust by Ernö and Ursula Goldfinger, formally acquired in 1994.
Makers and roles
Ernö Goldfinger (Budapest 1902 - 1987), designer