Italian Desk in Birdeye Maple by Giovanni Offredi for Saporiti, 1980s
This stunning desk with a separate cabinet pedestal was designed by Giovanni Offredi for Saporiti in the 1980s and it has a construction with brushed aluminium connectors and clear maple surfaces of the remarkable bird’s eye maple veneer finished in pearl polish. Its purity of lines and its extra-large proportions, resulting in an incredible attraction for international markets. Saporiti Italia set its particular avant-garde style with a special touch of Italian elegance in the use of finishing and materials. Bird’s eye is a rare kind of maple wood and has a distinctive pattern that resembles tiny, swirling eyes disrupting the smooth lines of grain. It is somewhat reminiscent of a burl, but it is quite different: the small knots that make the burl is missing. It is used in refined products such as automobile trim, humidors, luxury furniture or pool cues. Items made with this wood tend to be more expensive not only because the wood is more costly but because it is harder to work. The rolling three-drawer module can be placed below or next to the desk as desired.
This piece is still in the history of modern design, for its originality, its innovation in the use of the new materials, its concept of modular production. The desk is in original vintage condition, has some signs of wear, a few scratches and spots with minor discolouration on the top.
|Dimensions||200 × 90 × 71 cm|
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