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A Desk that speaks for itself

desk, swedish, carl malmstenLaurence FoxComment


We just brought this desk into the 1stdibs showroom and think the impact it makes speaks for itself. The restorer, who just cleaned and French polished it, couldn’t contain his enthusiasm while working on the piece. He expressed his pleasure in polishing a piece like this that really brings the flamed birch out as well as the contrast between the fruitwood inlays against the rich rosewood background.

The desk is designed by one of Sweden's greatest “Grace Period” architect/designers – Carl Malmsten. The stamps and metal tags indicate it was produced by SMF. Read more about Carl Malmsten here

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Carl Malmsten

Laurence FoxComment

Sweden 1888 - 1972

Carl Malmsten is one of Sweden’s most prominent figures in furniture design. His designs are rooted in Swedish nature and culture. Carl Malmsten was 28 years old when he got his breakthrough, winning both the first and second price in an interior design competition for Stockholm Town-Hall. These were among the first pieces of furniture he had ever designed. Carl Malmsten wanted his furniture to provide a warm and pleasant feeling to the interior as well as being representative. A lot of inspiration came from studying pictures by Swedish national painter Carl Larsson depicting the Swedish family home. The King awarded Carl Malmsten the Professor title in 1936.

Source: deconet.com