Mario Brunati Architectural Desk
Mario Brunati, architectural desk with a wooden structure, thick glass top and brass details, Italy, circa 1940.
This exquisite geometric Rationalist desk is designed by Mario Brunati. There are many features within this desk that tell a story about exquisite craftsmanship and design. The different compartment s in this desk all form an essential part of this spatial, building-like desk. The desk is strict and rational and forms a perfect balance within the measurements of this desk. But also the woodwork and finish is extraordinary. Note firstly the zigzag pattern that is present on the whole piece, including the back and sides. Making this piece finished on all sides and therefore can be used free standing. Another detail that stands out are the grips on the six drawers on the front of the desk, the drawers are four of equal height and two larger, the two larger ones are as big as the four smaller, making this a perfect ratio. The structural elements are made in brass that have patinated in a wonderful manner. If desired however, we can make the brass be shiny and as new. The piece, built up of wood and brass features a grey blue top that is extendable.
Mario Brunati was an architect, designer and illustrator. Brunati was a strong advocate of the modern movement in Italy and wrote and educated on the matter of Industrial Design and architecture. Together with Sandro Mendini he formed a design Studio. In the 1960s he founded his own studio and started as a teacher at open Polytechnic University in Milan.