Jules Wabbes Versatile Free-Standing Corner Desk
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Jules Wabbes, two-part corner writing desk, teak, black metal, chrome, Belgium, 1960s
This free-standing corner desk is designed by Jules Wabbes in the 1960s. It consists out of two tables, each with a chest of drawers, in different heights. Due to the fact that both parts are constructed independent they can either be placed together to form a corner desk or arranged separately as two tables apart. The black wengé tabletop is matching wonderfully with the black metal frame, the teak drawers and chrome runners at the side. The drawers feature the characteristic handles, all ingraved 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 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 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 woods giving his designs not only a luxurious appearance but also honest, timeless and sophisticated aesthetics.
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