Rosewood + 7′ + Credenza + Norway = SCORE!
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So yesterday I casually pull up Craigslist (which I rarely do) and type in “dresser”. The third post down said “do you like retro?” I thought, why yes I do. It showed two very small images, one was a walnut looking dresser and the other was this wild wood grain which I knew was rosewood. [...]
So yesterday I casually pull up Craigslist (which I rarely do) and type in “dresser”. The third post down said “do you like retro?” I thought, why yes I do. It showed two very small images, one was a walnut looking dresser and the other was this wild wood grain which I knew was rosewood. I called the number and asked if they still had this, yes they did. This place was a very small off the beat and path antique shop. I raced over there and walked in the door and said in a very stern voice “where is it?” At this point the lady working store led me to this amazing 7 foot rosewood credenza made by Westnofa. Of course I played stupid, “this is a very interesting wood” she replied “it is isn’t it”. This lady was the new owner of the shop and the piece belong to the previous owner. I played the “will you take $ cash for it?” she said she would have to call the previous owner. The owner would not budge on the piece, so I said fine I will take it. I really don’t think either lady knew what they had because of what I paid for it.
I only have a couple of things on my list of “furniture wants, that I probably won’t be able to afford”, but a long, low, well designed rosewood credenza was one of them. Cross that off my list! Sorry for the crappy images, I need a new camera. Lots of images after the jump.
Just look at those two-toned shelves!
OoOoH, the shelves!
I tried to find a little info about Westnofa, this is what I came up with:
Westnofa wasn’t an actual furniture company. Created in the 50’s it was an export company for several manufacturers, including Stokke, etc to keep up with the international market, since Norway was kind of in a black hold in regards to the furniture market at that point in time. The companies that exist today that call themselves Westnofa, there is one in Canada that makes health and industrial furniture and the one left in Norway, that makes plastic products for Stokke still, have nothing really to do with the original Export company. It is almost impossible to figure out(at least so far for myself) to find out who the original designers of the miscellaneous Westnofa furniture are, and when I say miscellaneous I mean the pieces other than their famous “chair and matching ottoman” which are found easily. For example I have a dining room set with Westnofa tag that is black, art deco style with a floating glass top, bent wood chairs with hairpin legs. An amazing piece and obviously designed by a great, whether it be Opsvik, or another I don’t know. I’ve been trying and researching for months trying to learn about it, but to no avail….But I keep researching… Found here