Jules Wabbes Early Executive Desk in Teak and Metal
Jules Wabbes, writing desk with drawers, teak, black lacquered metal frame, chrome, Belgium, 1960s
A superb example of an early Belgium executive desk in teak from the 1960s designed by master designer Jules Wabbes. This desk is equipped with a return which is quite a rare combination to source. Not often you find the combination like this, an example with a solid steel gun barrel frame, and also not in this condition. Each handle signed with 'Wabbes.'
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 designer furniture by sheer necessity. When Wabbes was 24, 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 characterised 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.
120 W x 52 D x 66 H cm.