Very Large Italian Writing Table

Of particularly large scale, with red leather panel back, seven drawer compartment to right and sliding shelf to top. In excellent original condition

Italy, circa 1950

Form and function are perfectly combined in the design of this striking writing table, which is a beautiful example of Italian 1950s design. The rich, polished walnut finish and strong horizontal lines are the foundations of its bold form, whilst the vivid red leather panel to the back edge brings a distinctive punchiness and glamour. The generously large table-top, shelf and set of drawers make it an excellent workstation for any refined office space.

The particular emphasis on strong, energetic line and the addition of stylish details here are in keeping with the work of true figureheads of Italian mid-century design, such as Gio Ponti, Carlo Mollino and Carlo di Carli. The slanted corner sections to the back and the curved handles to the front of the drawers lift the otherwise straight lines and add elegant movement to the table's otherwise simple form. The brass metalwork securing the top shelf introduces a contrasting texture and tone, punctuating the strong horizontal and offering a subtle highlight to the rich colour of the walnut.
The desk is a fine example of the craftsmanship of walnut furniture, a timber with an especially rich history in European furniture making which began in the Renaissance. It remains a highly desired wood known to be used for the very best furniture: adding character, richness and warmth to any design - all amplified with particular vigour here by the humming red of the desk's back panel.
H 85cm x W 200cm x D 110cm
H 33½" x W 79" x D 43½"
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