1950s Desk With Floating Cabinet & Lamp attr. Christopher Heal
A mouthwatering 1950s atomic desk in walnut and beechwood, attributed to Christopher Heal for Heal & Son.
The combination of floating cabinet, gooseneck lamp, splayed legs and bold walnut figuring make this one of the most appealing desks we have ever sourced.
There are striking similarities to desks by American designers Greta Grossman, Milo Baughman and Paul McCobb.
While we are not certain who designed it, it was very likely retailed by Heals, the major British outlet for modernist furniture in the 1950s.
It has been fully restored. The lamp has been rewired. The original vinyl writing surface is in good vintage condition. Vinyl was considered an exciting and groundbreaking material in the early 1950s.
The angled sliding doors of the floating cabinet reveal desk tidy slots and ample storage. The lamp can be positioned for direct or diffused light. The chic red hat shade has minor cosmetic wear, commensurate with age.
Overall it is a superb example of early 1950s design.