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Desk

Patrick Gwynne (1913-2003)

Category

Furniture

Date

1960 - 1969

Materials

Aluminium, vinyl, steel, plastic, laminate

Measurements

73 x 160 x 82 cm

Place of origin

Britain

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Collection

The Homewood, Surrey

NT 864337

Caption

Throughout his time living at The Homewood, Patrick Gwynne designed lots of specific furniture. This desk designed in the 1960s which features a drawing board, desk light and even a pull out draw which could hold a small typewriter.

Summary

A white vinyl, steel and aluminium desk, British, designed by Patrick Gwynne, circa 1960s, the rectangular desk top contains an A1 size drawing board, a rectangular section of the desktop lifts-up, pivots over and slides under to allow the sloped drawing board to be pulled forward, the rear of the desk top with a long rectangular aluminium section, from this section can be unfolded an aluminium lamp with strip lights, either side of the lamp is a long thin aluminium tambour which encloses a wood lined well with dividers to house stationary items, a small white plastic push-switch is located at one end of the aluminum section to operate the desk lamp, at the front of the desk either side of the section which contains the drawing slope is a pull-out shelf on extending runners, the drawer front folding down to become an extension of the shelf when open, the shelf on the left designed to hold a typewriter and with a well behind with dividers, the right hand drawer with dividers for holding paper and drawing instruments, the desk top on four shaped legs which are formed from sheets of anodized aluminium cut into shape and fastened to black steel spacers. This desk was designed by Patrick Gwynne for his personal use and was originally covered with white leather.

Provenance

The Homewood and some of its contents were given to the National Trust by Patrick Gwynne in 1999.

Makers and roles

Patrick Gwynne (1913-2003), designer

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