Whether you are an architect or a writer, in business or law, your desk should exude the same importance as the work that it accommodates. Objects for the desk that are both decorative and practical can lend aesthetic appeal and functionality to the study, whether it be in the office or the home. This new year, bring both organization and timeless style to your work with desk items that evoke the classic urbanity of the gentleman’s study.
An attractive fountain pen is a necessity for any desk, and there is no better maker than Montblanc. Considered the premiere name in exquisite writing utensils for centuries, Montblanc’s fountain pens are known to be the finest in the world. Both aesthetically beautiful with streamlined designs and magnificent in terms of performance, Montblanc pens appeal to both the writer and the connoisseur. The Four Seasons Collection, to which this rare pen belongs, was a limited edition design by the firm to commemorate the opening of three one-of-a kind boutiques in New York, Hong Kong, and Paris. Crafted of 18K Gold, the entire surface is adorned with a delicate vine motif that is accented by brown and cognac diamonds. The piece is highlighted by a spectacular diamond drop, allowing the pen to sparkle from every angle. A mother of pearl plaque bearing Montblanc’s exquisite name completes the piece, which is one of only a handful from this coveted collection in existence.
An eye-catching pair of bookends is a necessary addition to the study in order to keep one’s favorite texts and references organized. This charming pair of English bookends are crafted from exquisite cream colored onyx in the Art Deco style. A young girl sits at the base of one bookend, entrenched in a book, while a young boy stands and peers over in charming curiosity on the other. With the perfect contrast of materials and colors, these bookends are a timeless addition to one’s favorite bookcase, mantle, or desk.
Necessary to complete the center of any desk, this 19th century Gothic-style Regency inkwell evokes nostalgia of earlier times and speaks highly to the skills of its creator. Like other workspace items, this piece is as functional as it is visually appealing. Fine bronze ormolu covers the elegant stand of the inkwell and is highlighted by rich, cranberry colored glass that form the well. Fascinating and unique, the two inkwells are removable to use with further ease. The center of the piece is highlighted by a gilt lion finial and the pen tray and handles all characteristics of the Gothic style: ornate, regal foliate designs and sumptuous scrollwork.
The combination of aesthetic beauty and functionality in these exquisite pieces imbues them with both personality and importance. Complete the learned atmosphere with an extraordinary desk, the perfect writing and reading area. A desk by Sormani would certainly be both an elegant and eye-catching centerpiece to any gentleman’s study. 19th century ébéniste Paul Sormani crafted furnishings that received high acclaim at numerous international exhibitions. His pieces, highly celebrated, evoke the elegance and restrained sophistication for which French artistry was renowned. This important Sormani partner desk represents the luxury for which his work was known and praised. Adorned with stunning ormolu bronze and intricate marquetry of amaranth, this unique and spacious furnishing offers a large leather writing space with multiple frieze drawers. A timeless addition to any study, this partner desk offers aesthetic beauty and functional appeal. Similarly, desks crafted in the Chippendale style of carved paneling and molding suggest a studious and luxurious environment. This expansive, refined Chippendale partner desk of exquisite Cuban mahogany is unrivaled in size and quality, and stands as an impressive accommodation to any library or office. Likewise, master designer Andre Gilbert crafted this remarkable late 18th century secretaire that opens to reveal a delicate leather green writing table and multiple storage areas. This piece, both a work space and room accent, is completed by delicate exterior panels with exquisite marquetry of inlaid green wood and mother of pearl.