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The Duchess’ Telephone Table

James Andrew at the Hinson & Co showroom

James Andrew at the Hinson & Co showroom

The legendary furniture maker Karl Springer was known for his modernist pieces produced with exotic finishes like parchment, python, and shagreen. Springer’s business flourished with the help of patrons like the Duchess of Windsor and her rarified circle of friends. The Duchess had the same telephone table I’m featuring here only in a slightly shorter size – A terribly useful table especially when in need of a suitable support for your solid state MacBook Air and dog-eared copy of the Kama Sutra – a set of casters make these tables ultra mobile too. Matthews & Parker Ltd. are carrying on the Karl Springer legacy using the same workrooms that Springer used and are making these gorgeously high quality pieces with exacting attention to detail – so it is not surprising that they continue to attract a jet set clientele from around the world. Want to feel like a Duchess? -these outrageous python phone tables are available at the super chic Hinson & Co showroom (979 Third Avenue NYC 212-688-5538).

I’m on the terrace of Hinson & Co. wearing a dove grey cotton three button jacket by Gucci, Charvet Paris mint green silk pocket square and a white, gray and mint cotton striped shirt with contrast colar and cuffs, Seaman Schepps cufflinks are shell with multi colored coral beads, white skinny jeans by Diesel, silver chain link belt and white leather bag both by Gucci, Dior silver leather sneakers and glasses.


  1. Absolutely gorgeous…love the white and grey combination. The bag is stunning as well. The turquoise pocket square adds just the right amount of colour:-) Love it!


  2. Dean says:

    James, What a great shot, with Manhattan in the background ! I have always adored that table, shall have my butler order up several dozen today !!!


  3. Mrs. Blandings says:

    Gorgeous – you and the table.

  4. Jill says:

    I own that table. Alas, my Whippet, Stella, thought that one corner was just delicious!

  5. Jerry Kraft says:

    Hi James,

    Great shot. I love that table. When I was at Seans, we had a Karl Springer dining table that I sold to a client in Boca Grande. Beautiful. We did have a duchess table as well. BEAUTIFUL!

  6. Paul Pincus says:

    dog-eared copy of the kama sutra! lol!

    love karl springer’s work. that table is perfection.

    so is the dove grey gucci. i LOVE that you mix diesel with charvet!!! genius.

  7. You always look great and you always show nice things!

  8. Thanks for all the photos and beautiful things.

  9. Shani says:

    Gorgeous table, and ensemble! Love your color palette!

  10. gabrielle choo says:

    JAMES is ALWAYS looking AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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