I added this tasty morsel to the shop floor the other day and I'm pleased to tell you a little more about it. This petite cocktail table features 3 of my favourite design conceits – faux bamboo, brass and an X-stretcher base – all in one piece. The table is made by Mastercraft, a fine furniture manufacturer founded in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1946. Mastercraft is known for its excellent quality and use of high-end materials like exotic woods, brass, bronze and acid-etched details. Designers at Mastercraft included William Doezema, John Widdicomb and Bernhard Rohne.
This table – not just similar, but IDENTICAL to the one I have – is currently priced at $3,900 on 1stDibs. Mastercraft is definitely having a moment.
Recognize this space? If you've seen American Hustle you'll know this is Roslyn (Jennifer Lawrence) and Irv (Chrsitian Bale)'s bedroom. That's a Mastercraft brass headboard in all its glam glory.
The best set in American Hustle has to be Syndey's apartment. I can't find any Mastercraft pieces in it (though there is an oval brass cocktail table), but I spy plenty of shiny brass along with Thonet counter stools and Breuer Cesca S32 dining chairs. Also notable are the earthy grasscloth, white tuxedo-style upholstered pieces, white shag carpet and classic parquet floors, all of which make the apartment look like it could just as easily be from today. For more notes on the sets by production designer Judy Becker, check out the movie's official Pinterest page here.
And one last thought. If you come buy the Mastercraft cocktail table, I think you'll also need to treat yourself to an outfit like this to go with it.