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Art Deco Gilbert Rohde Paldao Dropfront Desk/Secretary

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Art Deco transiting to Streamline modern drop front desk/secretary designed by Gilbert Rohde in 1940s and manufactured by Herman Miller. Exotic paldao veneer. It has a draw and a drop front desk with fitted interior. The knob on the front of the drop leaf has recently been restored to a gilt finish.

Details

  • Date of manufacture
    1940's
  • Period
  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
    Good. Good vintage condition in general. Patina and surface wear as expected, small veneer losses on the lower base and back corner, been colored, not conspicuous. .
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Dimensions

    H 42 in. x W 40 in. x D 17 in.

    H 106.68 cm x W 101.6 cm x D 43.18 cm

  • Seller location
    North Miami, FL
  • Reference number
    U110122904531D

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About Herman Miller (Maker)

No other business of its kind did more than the Herman Miller Furniture Company to introduce modern design into American homes. Working with legendary designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Alexander Girard, the Zeeland, Michigan-based firm fostered some of the boldest expressions of what we now call Mid-Century Modern style. In doing so, Herman Miller produced some of the most beautiful, iconic and, one can even say, noblest furniture of the past seven decades.


     Founded in 1923, Herman Miller was originally known for grand historicist bedroom suites: heavily ornamented wood furniture that appealed to a high-minded, wealthier clientele. The company—named for its chief financial backer—began to suffer in the early 1930s as the Great Depression hit, and D. J. De Pree, the company’s CEO, feared bankruptcy. In 1932, aid came in the form of Gilbert Rohde, a self-taught furniture designer who had traveled widely in Europe, absorbing details of the Art Deco movement and other modernist influences. After persuading De Pree that the growing middle-class required smaller, lighter household furnishings, Rohde set a new course for Herman Miller, creating sleek chairs, tables and cabinetry that were the essence of the Streamline Moderne style.


     Rohde died suddenly in 1944. The following year, De Pree turned to George Nelson, an architect who had written widely about modern furniture design. Under Nelson’s leadership, Herman Miller would embrace new technologies and materials and audacious biomorphic forms. Some of the pieces the company produced are now emblems of 20th century American design, including the Eames lounge chair and ottoman and Nelson’s Marshmallow sofa and Coconut chair. As you can see on these pages, such instantly recognizable furnishings have become timeless—staples of a modernist décor; striking, offbeat notes in traditional environments.

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