Bodil Kjær for E. Pedersen & Søn Free Standing Desk in Wengé
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Bodil Kjær for E. Pedersen & Søn, desk, model '901', wengé, chrome-plated steel, interior oak, metal, Denmark, designed in 1959 and manufactured circa 1960
This indigenous design stems from Bodil Kjaer's deep understanding of solving problems of function and aesthetic nature in the field of architecture. A table of considerable size with sufficient storage facility, consisting of four drawers that can be locked all at once with a key. The determining detail that evidences the designer's careful thinking and great eye for detail is the way she designed the drawers: the panels do not protrude the top but are rather recessed into the body. As a result, the drawers reinforce the constructive and geometric structure of the front and provide depth. The top is mounted on runner legs with a minimalist layout executed in chrome-plated steel. The strict angular and open look of the base balances out the density of the corpus. The wengé gives the desk its defining, distinctive look, with its pronounced grains and expressive pattern, breaking the strict lines that characterize the overall appearance.
Bodil Kjaer (1932-) is trained as an architect and is well-known for her designs in noble woods combined with a modern and sleek chrome base. The most important part of her furniture design career was between 1959-1964. She is mainly recognized for her flexible office furniture, designed in the sixties. Her design language is greatly inspired by the Modernist masters such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Her furniture has been greatly used in public buildings such as Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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