Harkness Tables by D.R.DIMES is a result of a new and unique partnership between Phillips Exeter Academy, one of the leading independent secondary schools in the world, and D.R. Dimes & Company, Ltd., one of America's finest furniture makers.

Harkness Tables originated at Exeter in 1931 when philanthropist Edward Harkness challenged the Exeter faculty to create an innovative way of teaching that would include every child in the classroom learning experience. The result was an oval table that ensured that every student could be seen and every voice could be heard. Over time, the Academy settled on the current configuration of 6'-11" wide by 11' long with 12 equally-spaced slide-out surfaces for test taking.

The Harkness Table by D.R.DIMES is a faithful reproduction of the original and is made from locally-grown hardwoods and finished in an environmentally-friendly, yet extremely durable, low VOC coating. As with all furniture from D.R.DIMES, each table is handmade to museum quality standards in our Northwood, New Hampshire workshop, ensuring a piece that will last decades. Phillips Exeter Academy will direct a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Harkness Tables to a fund that will provide scholarships for qualified teachers to attend the Academy's Harkness Institutes—summer opportunities to learn about the Harkness method of teaching and learning.


About D.R.Dimes & Company

The Dimes Family have been master craftsmen for over 100 years. During the late 19th century, the Richard Dimes Silver Company was one of the nation's premier silversmiths. For the last 50 years, Douglas R. Dimes and his son, Douglas P. Dimes, have been at the forefront of museum-quality reproduction furniture and have been commissioned by virtually every major early American Museum, including Colonial Williamsburg, The Smithsonian, Independence Hall, Olde Sturbridge Village and Historic Charleston.

Like the original maker of Harkness Tables, Irving & Casson - A.H. Davenport Co., D.R. DIMES & Company is among the foremost makers of fine furniture in America and uniquely qualified to craft each table to the important original design and exceptional quality.

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About Phillips Exeter Academy

Phillips Exeter Academy is a co-educational residential school serving 1000 students in grades 9 through 12, and post-graduate level. Exeter, founded in 1781 by John Phillips, has a tradition of academic excellence, a distinguished faculty, and a long history of educating young people to find their place in the world.

Exeter teaches students from all walks of life to:

  • Think, discuss, question and analyze
  • Combine knowledge with goodness
  • Acquire the intellectual skills that ensure a love of learning and a lifelong commitment to helping others

Phillips Exeter's academic offerings are unrivalled: over 450 courses in 19 subject areas. The student to teacher ratio, 5:1, lets students explore the world with great support from the adults in the community.

An Exeter education prepares students to use the skills learned at school in all life's endeavors. Exeter is a life-changing experience, challenging and fun. It asks a great deal from every student - higher standards, greater expectations, and deeper engagement not only in the world of ideas, but also in the life of the community.

Interested in learning more? Please visit www.exeter.edu »