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Desk

Desk

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1929 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Maclaren, Denham, born 1903 - died 1989 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, chrome & glass

  • Museum number:

    W.20-1979

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Desk; wood, chrome & glass; simple construction with glass pane on the left, attached to a dark wood top and chrome tube back rail runner along the bottom. Four segmented light wood drawers with curved fronts & thick chromed rod handles on the sides.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1929 (made)

Artist/maker

Maclaren, Denham, born 1903 - died 1989 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Wood, chrome & glass

Dimensions

Height: 90 cm, Width: 128.3 cm drawers closed, incl. handles, Width: 158 cm with one drawer fully open, Depth: 73 cm drawers closed

Descriptive line

Desk, wood, chrome & glass, Denham Maclaren, England [London], ca. 1930.

Labels and date

DENHAM MACLAREN
(English [London], 1903-1989)

CHAIR, c. 1930
Glass, metal fittings, zebra skin upholstery

Made around 1930, this chair was acquired from the designer only in 1979, so illustrating the Museum's retrospective collecting of earlier 20th century objects at this period. Although Denham Maclaren designed only a relatively small quantity of furniture from the late 1920s to the end of the 1930s, he of all British designers captured the spirit of contemporary European modernism. He followed the functionalist precepts of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius, and most of his furniture was constructed of steel and glass. Reflecting the glamour of Hollywood of the period, this chair tempers the austerity of modernism with sophisticated wit. [1999]
Maclaren designed furniture for Arundell Display from 1926-30, before opening his own showrooms in London. Although he used materials in new ways, he did not investigate their structural possibilities like the functionalist wing of modern design. The glass in this chair follows the conventional format of heh chair. It is in this sense that the chair belongs to the 'Moderne'. [pre February 2000]
Maclaren designed furniture for Arundell Display from 1926-30, before opening his own showrooms in London. Most of his furniture was constructed of steel and glass. Reflecting the glamour of Hollywood, this chair tempers the austerity of modernism with sophisticated wit. [February 2000]

Materials

Glass; Chrome; Wood

Categories

Furniture; Black History; Woodwork

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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