Ernest Igl for Wilhelm Werndl Directors Desk in Marble Look Fiberglass
Ernest 'Igl' Hofmann for Wilhelm Werndl, corner desk, model 'Jet', painted fiberglass, Germany, designed in 1970
This design truly fits within the ethos of the seventies – a bright and bold era – featuring the commonly used material of that time named fiberglass. This exquisite desk boasts a handcrafted finish, meticulously painted to mimic the luxurious allure of marble. Ernest Igl strived for the creation of an outstanding corner desk that focused on functionality combined with an aesthetically pleasing design for daily use. This is discernible in the playful composition of sturdy lines and round corners executed in the whole construction. For this outspoken layout the designer used white as a subtle natural tone present on the overall frame and drawers. A remarkable feature is the movable construction, making it possible to position it as one long item or as a corner desk. Two storage compartments with drawers allow the user to store its stationary. Taking every stylistic realization into account, this writing desk feels retro, without clashing with contemporary interiors.
Ernest Hofmann (1920-2001) – in 1954, he gave himself the artist name ‘Igl’ – was as a multi talent. He, a designer, sculptor, illustrator, and inventor, designed everything from a harvester machine to office appliances, a microscope, and rubber boots. His oeuvre includes an impressive number of products used for all kinds of situations in life. Hofmann, born in Prague in 1920, studied graphic arts in his hometown, in Karlsbad and in Munich, where he and his wife settled. Hofmann firstly worked as an illustrator, graphic artist, and cartoonist for well-known schoolbook publishers. In 1962, they moved to Rosenheim, which marked the beginning of Hofmann’s more design orientated career.
Kindly be advised that this piece is in good used condition and shows some damages to the painted lacquer.
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