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mid-century desk

This is where One to One Studio works! This photo shows an original Danish "Royal System" desk and shelving system, designed by Poul Cadovius in the 1940s. We've received tons of inquiries about this photo since it was posted, and now, Design Within Reach has reintroduced the line to their stores. (http://www.dwr.com/product/royal-system-shelving-unit-a.do?sortby=ourPicks"> (http://www.dwr.com/product/royal-system-shelving-unit-a.do?sortby=ourPicks)

It's an ingenious storage system: shelves and cabinets hang from wall brackets, are fully adjustable and capable of supporting an enormous amount of weight. The brackets could not be used to support the desk in this installation because that wall is solid cement block (mounting into it would be too precarious). Instead, we set the cabinets on steel hair pin legs (hairpin legs.com). The desk drawers are perfect for what an office needs--shallow drawers and lots of them.

The desk chair is by West Elm and probably still offered. The metal photo shelf also from West Elm, still offered (several are mounted together to span the length). The desk lamp is about 30 years old. Look for similar ones in vintage stores or at Schoolhouse Electric. The sisal rug is a custom size from Wisteria.com. It turned out not to be workable with a rolling chair, that disintegrated it, unfortunately.

We love this office!

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May 27, 2013
barrea interiors wrote:
where can I find the curved desk lamp? - anyone know a source for the desk lamp?
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It's an old Pottery barn knock off of a vintage style, no longer available from PB but check Schoolhouse Electric, ebay and Etsy for similar vintage styles,
    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 10:35AM
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1970s danish modern vintage, designer unknown. It was originally wall hung (from the standards shown on bookshelf) part of a 12-foot long wall unit (which was disassembled and reconfigured for its current use). The metal legs (from hairpin legs.com) were added because this wall is solid concrete and cannot support any weight. I've seen these units in several Jonathan Adler stores being used for store display.
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March 4, 2012
sbixby wrote:
Same question, where is that shelf from?
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These are ingenious Danish shelves from the 1970s and they can still be found in antique shops and estate sales. The vertical pieces originally held the desk units too, and in another apartment were all lined up on one long wall. But the wall the desk is on now is cement block--it was unsafe to attempt to mount anything hanging on it, so we customized the pieces by adding hairpin legs (from hairpinlegs.com of course!)
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That is 2 metal ledges from West Elm; I think they still make them.
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Vintage 1970s--try your local Danish Modern dealer. I've seen these same shelves in a bunch of Jonathan Adler shops; he must have grabbed a bunch at one point!
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So has this one...
Swipe that clutter off your desk and keep a clean slate. In the meantime, add the framed photos you want to keep around on shelves on the wall.
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This clever wall-mounted shelf was made for family photos. Note how the designer has mixed in other objects among the photos and played with the composition until it was just right.

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