Danish Modern Desk

So far I have neglected to show you any images of our study/guest room. There are many reasons for this, one being that there are still many things I would like to change with the setup in there, another being that the room is sometimes difficult to discern underneath the mounds of paper and folder clutter. I had to commemorate a recent tidying session by at least taking pictures of our desk. It’s a solid teak number from the mid 70s, possibly Dyrlund:

The work surface requires a bit of light sanding and a few coats of teak oil; no problem really, but we need to find a day when it’s not in use to allow it to dry.

Apparently the most prominent feature of this type of desk is referred to as a “floating tabletop” because the tabletop appears to, um, float.

The type of desk chair pictured in the previous photos is referred to as a “I wish I currently had the budget for an Eames Management Chair” chair…

image source: apartmenttherapy.com

The above image obviously captured an even rarer, free-roaming version of this chair enjoying the spray of the surf on a stormy day.  Back to hard reality.

Our study has the triple disadvantage of being ridiculously narrow, somewhat funnel shaped, and needing to house several essential pieces of furniture, among them CD storage units, bookshelves, a sofa bed, the vintage armchair of charming potential but current dishevelment, and a storage trunk. Oh yeah, and sometimes one of us sits in there too.

If you’re a fan of Danish Modern furniture but are still working away at a wonky particle board number that you bought during your time as a college student, consider going on the hunt. While the more iconic Mid Century designer desks from the 50s and early 60s sell for high prices, similarly beautiful and solidly made teak and rosewood desks from the 70s can still be found for reasonable sums, especially in Europe. On German ebay, desks like ours tend to sell between 300 to 400 EUR, but patience in these matters usually pays off.

A further benefit of desks like these is that they were constructed to hold plenty of stuff without being visually bulky structures, compared to many current desk models from flat-pack furniture stores that tend to offer desk models without any drawers whatsoever, requiring the need to buy separate storage units for even the most basic office supplies.

Hope your week’s off to a good start. Happy Monday.

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One Response to Danish Modern Desk

  1. Brismod says:

    I totally agree – a solid desk with storage is always a good buy. I like your 70s version. Much more stylish than the particle board stuff in ikea.

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