1stDibs Desk Shopping

May 13, 2012

I’m shopping for a desk for a client and 1st Dibs has many to offer.  I have never bought something via 1st dibs before but I do love the idea of getting something that feels special and original – more one of a kind – for this particular space.  You sort of have to take what you find when you’re not shopping new or custom, a finish might not be exactly what you had in mind, size might need to stay negligible and condition is always an issue, but buying vintage and mixing it in always gives an immediate always been there vibe.  This 60’s Executive Rose Wood Desk I’m loving… Guess the desk chair would want to be chrome and zebra?  Sexy!
This 1970’s custom-made parsons style parquetry desk with two small drawers feels very Jean-Michel Frank.
Not what I need – i am planning on floating the desk in the middle of the small room, but cool none the less.  This Omni wall unit by George Nelson & Associates is so cool.  Made in the USA in the 1950’s it features five uprights, two cabinets with drawers,two cabinets with sliding glass doors,two open cabinets, one cabinet with a drop front desk, three shelves with book divider channels, two slanted presentation book shelves, and four enameled task lamps.
Very rare but magnificently beautiful designed desk by one of Belgium’s most renowned designers Jules Wabbes. His experimental ways of approaching wood and techniques used during producing his furniture were far ahead for its time.  This Belgian desk circa 1960-something… this executive desk shows a slight curved top that makes the desk highly rare and exclusive.
The use of european craft traditions combined with the exotic wood make this desk very collectible.  Here are a few others I looked at, do you have a favorite?
This last one in a high gloss lacquer finish mixed with shagreen is the front-runner, I love the prettiness of this piece and it’s for a womans office, but because you walk into the front of the desk not the side – I guess I could change the floor plan – it won’t show off the desk at it’s best angle.  but it’s pretty isn’t it? …and the last few:
Check out these and 100’s others on 1stDibs.com

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