Single Drawer Masters Desk by James Leonard for Esavian C1950
A beautifully designed desk by James Leonard for ESA – Education Supply Association – this one is becoming a bit of a classic piece of Post War modernism design and rightly so, in our view.
Immediately after the war James Leonard persuaded his boss at the ESA, an eccentric character called Jonny Appleton, to take a trip to Scandinavia in his Bentley. Through this journey James Leonard was able to facilitate the epiphany necessary to convince Appleton that modern Scandinavian design was just what the company needed. The trip resulted in James Leonard’s radical designs for the new aluminium range. In order to produce this range — in what was basically a woodworking factory.
Workshop report- The desk survives in good vintage order – the aluminium frame sits in its original faded green colour. The top does have marks, scratches and a little piece missing at its rear – all historic and not ugly – (do not expect new) as does the drawer. It sits firm and we have cleaned the drawer with only a few ink stains remaining.
A mid-century classic.
Dimensions - Overall: Height 75cm x Width 122cm x Depth 69.5cm
Dimensions - Specifically the Kneehole: Height 61.5cm x Width 93.5cm
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