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Gilbert Rohde Art Deco Desk

$6,500

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Streamlined Art Deco Desk, designed by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller, circa 1930s. It is executed in beautifully grained paldao wood. Please see our other 1stdibs listings for other Rohde Paldao Group pieces to complete your home office. This desk is currently being refinished and can be completed in your choice of finish color, including the original color as seen here. The price noted INCLUDES refinishing in your choice of finish color.

Details

  • Creator
    Gilbert Rohde (Designer),Herman Miller (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Width: 44 in. (111.76 cm)Depth: 22 in. (55.88 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Metal,Wood,Paldao
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1930s
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Very good condition. This desk is currently being refinished and can be completed in your choice of finish color, including the original color as seen here. The price noted INCLUDES refinishing in your choice of finish color.
  • Seller Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU871820736762

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Atlanta, GA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About Herman Miller (Manufacturer)

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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Located in Atlanta, GA
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