Jules Wabbes Corner Desk with Drawers in Mutenyé
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Jules Wabbes, corner writing desk, mutenyé, nickel-plated metal, Belgium, 1957
Beautifully designed desk by one of Belgium's most renowned designers Jules Wabbes. This piece was made for the Foncolin building, one of Wabbes first large prestigious office projects, the piece is recognizable by the exquisite wood-joints on each corner. Wabbes' experimental ways of approaching wood and techniques used during producing his furniture, were far ahead for his time.
This desk with two drawer compartments is another great example of his style. The main desk features four drawers and the smaller extension table also provides storage space. Executed with a solid mutenyé wooden top made out of sawn slats and a nickel-plated metal frame. Beautiful details are the half-round dovetail joints on the side of each corners. Each of the drawers has the signature handle of Wabbes. Excellent design and high-quality desk.
Jules Wabbes (1919-1974) was a Belgian furniture designer, architect and professor. He wasn't (as many of his contemporaries) trained as a designer or architect but learned the craft of designing furniture by sheer necessity. When Wabbes was 24 years old, he opened an antiques shop where some of the furniture was in need of restoration. Therefore, he opened a small workshop where he taught himself how to restore furniture. Alongside restoration he also started to design furniture. His work is aristocratic and modest, and characterized by a sensual use of materials and a clear, almost architectural tectonics. Wabbes developed a line and idiom of its own, averse to the playful and swinging style of many other furniture designs of the postwar period. Wabbes, influenced by American designers such as Edward Wormley, chose to build his furniture with solid wood giving his designs not only a luxurious appearance but also honest, timeless and sophisticated aesthetics.
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