Concrete inspiration

Diane Dorrans Saeks | Edited by Nan Wiener | October 19, 2011 | Story Architecture

You could say that Healdsburg artist Quinn Scheibal channeled the late, great San Francisco interior designer John Dickinson when he made his new concrete-covered tables, designed to look like traditional cloth-covered ones. But you’d also have to credit Scheibal’s fellow designer, Benjamin Dhong, for fostering the idea.

Scheibal was experimenting with small concrete decorative objects and planters when Dhong—a longtime admirer of Dickinson—suggested that he try making a Dickinsonian table. “If everything in a room looks expensive, it’s a bit of a bore,” Dickinson once said. “There should be a mix of old and new, different textures, rough and smooth.” Dickinson fearlessly challenged conventions with pieces like a pinewood coffee table finished to look like a used packing crate, and Egyptian-inspired tables, now housed in SFMOMA’s permanent collection, made of painted wood.

Scheibal spent years figuring out how to create the hand-shaped draping effect of cloth; he starts by folding natural jute burlap over a wood armature and then covers it with layers of concrete that imitate a fabric’s natural movement. The industrial look of the tables would work equally well in a wine country home or a modern city loft. Available at Myra Hoefer Design, 243 center st., Healdsburg, 707-433-7837,


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