Executive desk, Bank of France, circa 1965

2 500


What I like

I love this very large desk and at the same time made very warm by the softness of its walnut veneer with well-chosen veins. This executive desk surprises with its lightness created by the opposition between the straight and chromed uprights and the oval design of the two side boxes. The design of this piece of furniture thus combining straight lines and curves, in a subtle balance, is the result of a certain French classicism and of a modern taste, seeking purity, thanks to the fine uprights that the use of metal allows. The three-color scheme: chrome, black lacquer and walnut veneer, reveals the refinement of its design and production. I love this desk which, through the use of metal and wood, corresponds well to the great creations of the 1960s and 1970s.

I like the quality of its design and production, attested by its commission by the Banque de France, for its managers. Representatives of the state, these were furnished with great concern for quality and integration with the latest designer trends.

Technical description

Executive desk in walnut veneer, with a large rectangular top supported by uprights in chromed metal profile joined by four black lacquered metal crosspieces accommodating two ovalized boxes opening on one side with two, on the other with three drawers. The top is in walnut veneer.

Around 1965.

Has a Banque de France inventory label, n ° 80 24902.

Dimensions and weight

High.: 77 cm- Width.: 200 cm- Depth.: 100 cm

100 kg

Mix & Match

This large desk can have as an EA 117 desk chair by Eames or that of Pollock, edited by Knoll. The use of metal alloyed with leather will follow the codes of this desk. But why not suddenly have an Empire desk chair in mahogany, with lion protomes or Egyptian heads: the desk is balanced enough to accept the challenge.

To receive visitors, in order to create a break, the very large white and red swivel armchairs  will enliven the whole room: the design of the armchairs is elegant enough not to harm the executive desk, which is important enough to accept the company of these two sizeable armchairs.

We can use as a desk lamp the metal lamp by Finimétal, with classic and rounded shapes, but modern. through the use of chrome and perspex.

The plateau is large enough to accommodate a work of art that will allow its user to recharge his batteries: the peridot-colored crystal paste of the Warrior by Maurice Legendre, edited by Daum, will play with the golds of the walnut tree  ; while the Female Nude, bronze by Jean-Jacques Hamard, will inspire other thoughts.

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The designer

Unfortunately, the Banque de France inventories did not keep any record of the order for this desk. The design of this piece of furniture is nevertheless very balanced: classicism and modernity are harmoniously mixed; the designer looked at the great achievements of the time, but wanted a strong presence of this piece of furniture, commensurate with the functions of the banker who was to use it. We are far from the minimalism of certain works by Florence Knoll, with such straight shapes. The rigor of the great public service has been softened, magnified.

The editor

The editor of this office has authorized the designer to use beautiful materials: the quality of walnut, the fine chrome give it all its beauty.

A nice authentic furniture at a fair price

This executive desk has been carefully selected for its aesthetic qualities, its originality and its fair price. Our choice favors, above all, the sharpness of the design, a guarantee of enhancing your new acquisition in your interior and an ability to interact with your furniture, to match and mix to create a unique decoration.Buying an executive desk from the 1970s is an investment linked to the appetite of many for the art of those years.Buying a vintage work of art preserves the planet’s resources.

Additional information
Weight 200 kg
Dimensions 100 × 200 × 77 cm



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Dominique de Paillerets is passionate about objects and art. He likes to combine Design furniture from the 70s and the 18th century, in the spirit Combining refinement and the spirit of the seventies

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