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Heywood Wakefield Rattan & Maple Writing Desk & Low Back Chair by Sovereign Furn

$2,495per set


Awesome vintage Heywood Wakefield rattan and maple writing desk that we have paired with a low back rattan chair with a tweed fabric seat by Sovereign Furniture. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind that these are vintage and not new so will have signs of use and wear. The desktop is aged and has a slightly rough work surface. Please see photos and zoom in for details. We attempt to portray any imperfections. Desk Circa, Mid-20th Century. Chair Circa, Late 20th Century. Just the perfect little rattan writing desk and low back chair set!! This pair is comprised of a lovely vintage Heywood Wakefield writing desk with a gorgeous maple top with a single drawer for office supplies, and straight triple strand legs with a single bar stretcher around the base, and rattan ties. AWESOME! The chair has a round seat cushion covered in an oatmeal-colored nubby tweed fabric with dark flakes, flared triple strand legs, a round single bar stretcher, and rattan ties. It has a yoke style low seat back, straight rattan bars, and ties…. this is a rattan lover’s dream desk set up! You could also use this set as a make up vanity in a bedroom. A beautiful blend of BoHo chic, organic modern, Hollywood Regency, and mid-century modern styles; and the perfect size for a dorm room, bedroom, den, or home office! In 1897, two prominent furniture companies, Heywood Brothers and Wakefield Company merged and created Heywood Brothers & Wakefield Company; the name would be shortened to Heywood-Wakefield in 1921. The new company rose to popularity in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s with its solid wood, Art Deco-inspired, mid-century modern furniture. In 1992, South Beach Furniture Company acquired the rights to the Heywood-Wakefield name. After realizing how in demand vintage Heywood Wakefield pieces were, production began on new pieces that remained true to the style, quality, and values of the original company. Today's Heywood-Wakefield is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the name and its famous pieces while incorporating new and contemporary technology which allows new generations to appreciate the classic looks from a classic company. We just love this rattan and maple writing desk and chair set, if you do too, you need to make it yours!! Desk: • Height – 29 Inches • Width – 36 Inches • Depth – 22 Inches • Drawer Depth – 2.25 Inches • Knee Hole Size – 25.25 x 21W Inches • Weight – 35.57 Pounds Chair: • Height – 28 Inches • Width – 19.75 Inches • Depth – 19 Inches • Seat Height – 17 Inches • Seat Diameter – 16.5 Inches • Inside Back Height – 17.5 Inches • Weight – 8.57 Pounds Boxed Size Both: • Height – 35 Inches • Width – 42 Inches • Depth – 33 Inches • Weight – 65 Pounds


  • Creator
    Heywood-Wakefield Co. (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Width: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Depth: 22 in. (55.88 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa, Late 20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind that these are vintage and not new so will have signs of use and wear. The desktop is aged and has a slightly rough work surface. Please see photos and zoom in for details. We attempt to portray any imperfections.
  • Seller Location
    Topeka, KS
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 414-CSG-1711stDibs: LU1873324470002

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About the Manufacturer

Heywood-Wakefield Co.

Created by the 19th-century merger of two venerable Massachusetts furniture makers, Heywood-Wakefield was one of the largest and most successful companies of its kind in the United States. In its early decades, the firm thrived by crafting affordable and hugely popular wicker pieces in traditional and historical styles. In the midst of the Great Depression, however, Heywood-Wakefield reinvented itself, creating instead the first modernist furnishings to be widely embraced in American households. The Heywoods were five brothers from Gardner, Massachusetts, who in 1826 started a business making wooden chairs and tables in their family shed. As their company grew, they moved into the manufacture of furniture with steam-bent wood frames and cane or wicker seats, backs and sides. In 1897, they joined forces with a local rival, the Wakefield Rattan Company, whose founder, Cyrus Wakefield, got his start on the Boston docks buying up lots of discarded rattan, which was used as cushioning material in the holds of cargo ships, and transforming it into furnishings. The conglomerate initially did well with both early American style and woven pieces, but taste began to change at the turn of the 20th century and wicker furniture fell out of fashion. In 1930, the company brought in designer Gilbert Rohde, a champion of the Art Deco style. Before departing in 1932 to lead the Michigan furniture maker Herman Miller, Rohde created well-received sleek, bentwood chairs for Heywood-Wakefield and gave its colonial pieces a touch of Art Deco flair. Committed to the new style, Heywood-Wakefield commissioned work from an assortment of like-minded designers, including Alfons Bach, W. Joseph Carr, Leo Jiranek and Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky, a Russian nobleman who had made his name in Europe creating elegant automotive body designs. In 1936, the company introduced its “Streamline Modern” group of furnishings, presenting a look that would define the company’s wares for another 30 years. The buoyantly bright, blond wood — maple initially, later birch — came in finishes such as amber “wheat” and pink-tinted “champagne.” The forms of the pieces, at once light and substantial, with softly contoured edges and little adornment beyond artful drawer pulls and knobs, were featured in lines with names such as “Sculptura,” “Crescendo” and “Coronet.” It was forward-looking, optimistic and built to last — a draw for middle-class buyers in the Baby Boom years. By the 1960s, Heywood-Wakefield began to be seen as “your parents’ furniture.” The last of the Modern line came out in 1966; the company went bankrupt in 1981. The truly sturdy pieces have weathered the intervening years well, having found a new audience for their blithe and happy sophistication.
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