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Coffee Table from Bruksbo

Product design
- 14 Jun 2017 -
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Dear all,

I was wondering whether these patches on the surface of this coffee table could be original or a post-addition, as I can't find anything like this on the internet.

Thank you for your help


Coffee Table from Bruksbo
1970 - 1979


- 14 Jun 2017

Call me a conspiracy theorist, but there's light patches nearby all of the dots and that veneer seriously pops for an old piece.

I am wondering if someone tried to restore it, sanded through the veneer and then put less-than-funky-polka-dots on the damaged areas.

Definitely don't think it's original, but would love a close up.

- 15 Jun 2017

It strikes me as likely that this is a cover up.

The light areas around the polka dots need to be explained. One explanation is Kyle's sand through. I suppose it is possible the polka dots are a harder material and the sander went through more veneer around them, but then there should be evidence for that sort of thing.

Polka dots on tables are not completely unheard of in danish modern furniture of the era, so maybe....

- 15 Jun 2017

Hi! Indeed I'll have a look at it and check!

Thank you

- 15 Jun 2017

The owner says it has been sprayed, so I doubt it is original. Question is how challenging the removal of this paint would be... do you think it would go away just with teak oil and steel wool? I doubt!


- 15 Jun 2017

I think you need to be wary of what's underneath the spray paint if you're looking to purchase it. Might be best to ask him first, generally people won't outright lie if that's not viable.

- 15 Jun 2017

Indeed, the owner could not tell me more on the origin of the black spots. Despite a reasonable price, I thought that the uncertainty for restoration of the surface was too high, and turned the offer down.
Thank you for your suggestions.


- 08 Jul 2017

Looking at some Magnus Olesen tables today, I came across a reversible top example that had black coaster dots on one side. Upon doing subsequent searches, I was able to find four more examples of the same MO 166 table with dots. Interestingly, the dots are not in the same places on each table, with one table having 3 dots and the rest 2. Some dots also appear to be recessed while other dots are sitting on the veneer top. With these examples found in the US, England, Germany, and Sweden, the likely conclusion is that the MO dots were done at the factory in Denmark. Why they vary in location and number is still a mystery to me.

There is no mention of integrated coaster options for this table in the Domus Danica catalog.

- 09 Jul 2017

Hi! That's certainly an interesting observation.

I find it puzzling that a furniture maker would use black paint over a nice veneer of teak or palisander, but it looks like these pieces were originally made that way. Also, the dots seem to be distributed only along one diagonal, while the table I asked for it has a very different dots distribution.

Or maybe there was a fashion in the 70es to add black dots to coffee tables, and owners did it on their own?


- 04 Dec 2017


I have one of these tables produced by Magnus Olesen and retailed by Domus Dancia. It is reversible and has pokka dots on one of the surfaces. Pretty sure it was produced in that way for practical purposes to allow it to be used for hot drinks etc and then reversed when required

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