Drawing inspiration from an imported three-legged African wood stool, John Dickinson, one of the top interior and furniture designers in San Francisco through the ‘60s and ‘70s, produced some of his most recognized works of home furnishings that still hold coveted value today. Born in 1920 in Berkeley, California, Dickinson studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and worked for several departments stores, including Lord & Taylor, before moving to San Francisco to start his own design firm.
The acclaimed designer was known for his quirky eccentric style and monochromatic palette which incorporated industrial materials into furniture where fabric and upholstery were popularly used. His most famous creations were the African footed table, designed in white plaster. Decades after his untimely passing in 1982, his designs gained renewed interest for its enduring modern style that looked relevant even in today’s interior spaces.