Italian vintage desk
This beautiful white desk is an Italian design from the late 1960s/early 1970s, reminiscent of designs by Joe Colombo. It is striking because of the elegantly curved edges, made by hand of white lacquered wood, combined with a glass top and chromed metal tube.
This very rare desk is reminiscent of futuristic designs by Joe Colombo in which he uses bold, rounded forms. This piece is a highly modern interpretation of a desk, especially for the time in which it was made (1960s/early 1970s). Joe Colombo (1930-1971), one of the most celebrated twentieth-century Italian designers, was legendary for his modern ‘space age’ designs in which he often used new techniques, materials and technologies. WonderWood has had other designs by Joe Colombo in its collection in a similar style, such as the Sella chair for Comfort and the ‘4801’ Interlocking Chair for Kartell, that are made of lacquered bent plywood.
The wood of this desk was bent by using the kerf-bending technique, whereby a number of slots were cut into the wood to make it bend; these kerfs were made on the inside of the curve. The result is a beautiful curve with subtle lines on the outside. You can see these elegantly curved edges on the drawers and the overall structure of the desk.
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