I love finding these pieces, but one of the best parts is doing the research to date the item and determine the manufacturer and name. There was no label on this credenza. I did some poking around and found an ink stamped date of September 16, 1963 on the underside of the top.
On the opposite side of the interior of the piece I found the number 887 embossed into the wood. Next to that was an IBM sticker.
I started to get excited! Why so excited when I saw the IBM sticker? Back in the day I worked for a dealer of Herman Miller and Knoll contract/residential furniture (that's where my furniture obsession started). It seemed that all of the larger corporations would spring for good quality/iconic furniture for their offices. IBM=large corporation=quality/iconic furniture.
Here she is! Old girl is a little rough around the edges:
I still did not know her name, so I asked the Facebook and Twitter homies and got almost immediate responses that this looked to be a Knoll piece from the Florence Knoll collection. Baaaaahhhh, I die!
Then I took to 1stdibs and quickly found my credenza, albeit in much better condition, for about $3,000! No way...I die...again!
The photos of other pieces like mine helped to answer a few questions I posed in part 1 of this post: The leather straps are meant to be the pulls to slide the doors open/closed and the single hole originally had a locking mechanism.
This will be our (me and the hubster, he has still agreed to help!) first redo. This will not be a rushed job since a) we don't know what we are doing, b) I don't want to jack up this cool piece of mid century goodness, and c) I want to do this piece justice with a good restoration.
Now, I turn to you my friends! I have questions and am hoping some of my mid-century loving followers can help!
1. What to do about the laminate top. Everything is solid wood except for a thin piece of laminate on the top. This piece has some faint scratches. Any way to restore the top?
2. What is the exact manufacturers name of this piece? Florence Knoll credenza/Florence Knoll buffet/Florence Knoll for Knoll credenza, etc...?
3. Is the number 887 a style number or maybe an order of production number?
4. The newer production Florence Knoll line has the legs at the outer corners of the furniture piece and not tucked underneath like the original production. Why?
Please pass this post along to those in the know who might not be followers of this blog 'cause I need all of the help I can get on this redo!
If you want to see all of the pics I took go to the album here.