Wikipedia: Parsons table
The Parsons table is a modernist square or rectangular table whose four, flush, square legs are equal in thickness to the top.
The Parsons table was designed by Jean-Michel Frank whilst he was working at Parsons Paris School of Art and Design, then known as the Paris Atelier. While the form is generally credited to Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, according to an article in The New York Times that referred to archives at the Parsons School, the table was developed out of a course taught at Parsons Paris by the French designer Jean-Michel Frank in the 1930s.
(Oxford English Dictionary)
U.S., a small, simple, wooden table with a square top supported at each corner by straight legs
1969 Sears Catal. Spring/Summer 1385/1 *Parson's Tables. Avocado green.
1973 R. HAYES Hungarian Game xlvi. 271 Except for a matched set of Sheraton chairs, a salon mirror and a parson's table, the landing was empty.
1976 Billings (Montana) Gaz. 24 June 7-F/6 (Advt.), 16 parsons tables.
18 June 1962, New York (NY) Times, pg. 28:
Mr. (Milo - ed.) Braughman has also produced some very good looking "Parsons" tables in myrtle burl. Simple and clean lines, the apron on these tables is the same width as the leg. The name has no clerical connotation, but comes from the Parsons School of Design, where the design originated.
16 June 1968, Washington (DC) Post, pg. G4:
In 1968 Parsons Turns The Tables
Developed about 25 years ago at the Parsons School of Design in New York (no one individual gets credit for this innovation), the Parsons table is functional, un-frilly and completely in the contemporary mood. It fills the need for a table with the look of now, yet because of its simplicity, it can be used happily with traditional furniture, too.
Straight lines characterize the Parsons table. Though not for squares, it is square-cut with legs forming a right angle with the top and an "apron" of the same width as the legs.
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