Pine & Brass Rødby Rådhus Desk
Ebbe & Karen Clemmensen, 1953
A teak, Oregon pine, and brass desk, designed by Ebbe & Karen Clemmensen, in 1953 for the Rødby Rådhus (Town Hall), Denmark.
The desk is in a late Classicist style, characterised by symmetrical design and simple ornamentation. Constructed with a pine kickboard, and a teak top, the legs finish with patinated brass shoes. The top is a slight trapezoid shape tapering at the front, originally to allow for serial desks to be attached resulting in a gentle crescent curve for a meeting room.
A small circular recession, intended to be used to hold ashtrays, has its original petrol blue finish, popular with the two designers, and frequently used in their Copenhagen house constructed in the same year as this project. Today, this can be used to hold a pen pot or for a drink.
Inspired by Japanese and American design, Karen and Ebbe Clemmensen established their architectural firm in 1946. Taking this inspiration from abroad, the couple rooted their design practice in traditional Danish practices of fine craftsmanship.
Specifications:Front Width: 76cm
Back Width: 89cm
There are two desks available.