George Nelson pedestal tables (particle board construction question)
Any thoughts on the Nelson pedestal tables? They seem to be a classic design (in production since the 1950s), but appear to utilize particle board under laminate or veneer tops. How robust are the tops that use the particle board? Aside from marble, would HPL or plywood be a better material?
Is the Saarinen tulip table better quality? Or do the Knoll laminate tops also use either particle board or MDF?
The top is extremely robust. The engineered top is stronger than solid wood, and basically impervious to warping.
There is nothing necessarily inferior or wrong with engineered wood products or wood veneers and laminates. Much of the finest furniture in the world is made with fancy face veneers over an engineered substrate. Quality manufacturers use it for strength, stability, and shape—not because it’s cheap (because it isn’t).