Bodil Kjaer for E. Pedersen & Søn, table model 901, certified Rio Rosewood and chrome steel, Denmark, 1959, completely restored.
An exceptionally beautiful version, the veneer shows an absolutely stunning pattern. Metalbase in good condition. Coming with four original keys! we have received the so called CITES documentation (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) from the german authorities for this piece, this will be issued or delivered to the new owner at the time of purchase.
This freestanding desk can be used with multiple purposes, as a writing table, desk or just ’work table’, as Bodil Kjaer herself called it. According to Bodil Kjaer the idea of the table is, "that it should be suitable with modern art and architecture." The table is part of a larger series of elements of architecture in 1959, with the intention to build flexible working environments. This piece shows an interesting rhythm of horizontal and vertical lines, as do most of Kjaer’s designs. The front is divided into four drawers. (Can be locked with its original Keys) The back has the same in inward gap yet without the drawers, yet this aesthetic choice unites the back and front and turns it into a monumental, architectural piece. The table’s rise to fame was helped by its appearance in James Bond - From Russia with Love.
Bodil Kjaer (1932-) is trained as an architect and is known mostly known for her designs in noble woods combined with a modern and sleek chrome base. The most important part of her furniture design career was from 1959-1964. She is mainly recognized for her flexible office furniture, designed in the 1960s. Her design language is greatly inspired by the Modernist masters such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Her furniture has been greatly used in public buildings such as Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.