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Fay meets Florence

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We watched Network last night. 1976 was a terrific year for US movies. Lumet knew how to film New York, and the first shots panning the MGM building midtown (one of the numerous buildings designed by Emery Roth & Sons)  show that he knew his modern architecture repertoire.

But the true reason for this post is that we could not help spotting the Knoll Partners desk in the corner office of the smart, unscrupulous and ambitious TV exec Diana Christensen. Cool and sleek: a good match. It does not harm the eye that Faye Dunaway is sitting on it.

Produced in mahogany, oak,  rosewood, teak and ebonized wood

The drawers are nicely concealed


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April 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm

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Minimal Desks circa 1950s

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The 1950s were a great period for desk design. Economic expansion and the rise of the tertiary sector perhaps explain that. There is still a lot of sobriety in the designs, as if reminiscent of the deprivations of the war. Only towards the end of the decade do we see more expansive lines.

Finn Juhl (1948)

Franco Albini, #80 desk (1949)

Jacques Adnet (1950)

Jean Prouvé – Standard desk (1950)

Charles and Ray Eames – ESU desk (1952)

Greta Magnusson Grossman (1952)

Pierre Paulin – (1953)

Hans Wegner (1954)

Jean Prouvé – Compas desk (1955)

Jules Wabbes (1955)

Franco Albini – stadera desk (1958)


Ico Parisi –  (1958)

Nana Ditzel (1960)