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Desk & Library

 

Smart and practical ideas for desk and library reflecting original designs from the 19th and early 20th centuries, including magnifiers, desk organizers, lamps, compasses and ornaments. Before the invention of the movable type printing press in the 15th century manuscript volumes were often large and heavy, desks of the period were therefore usually simple, sturdy structures. Desks of the Renaissance had relatively slimmer structures and more drawers were added as woodworking became more precise, key to these early desks were a drawer with three small separations (one each for the ink pot, the blotter and the powder tray) and storage for pens. During the 19th century more paper and correspondence drove the need for more complex and more specialized desks, such as the roll top desk, it provided a relatively fast and cheap way to lock up paperwork without having to file everything by the end of the day. The famous Wooton desk was one of the last manifestations of the 'pigeonhole' style of desk.

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