Not currently on display at the V&A

Desk

ca. 1929 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Wood, chrome & glass
Brief Description
Desk, wood, chrome & glass, Denham Maclaren, England [London], ca. 1930.
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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 90cm
  • Drawers closed, incl. handles width: 128.3cm
  • With one drawer fully open width: 158cm
  • Drawers closed depth: 73cm
Depth with top drawer partly open - 79cm
Styles
Gallery Label
  • 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)
Collection
Accession Number
W.20-1979

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record createdNovember 5, 2003
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