A large desk with a mahogany frame, veneered mahogany top and Rio Rosewood veneer to the bank of four drawers and slide out filing cabinet, on mahogany tapered legs. The desk is complete with the 'Gordon Russell Limited' plaque.
The desk was designed by Richard Drew Russell, Gordon Russell's brother, in 1962, model number 7127.
Gordon Russell (1892-1980) was an English furniture designer. Russell was schooled in the Arts and Crafts tradition of the Cotswolds and was instrumental in developing utility furniture. . Russell and his father set up Russell and Sons in 1922, and later joined by his brother. He opened his first shop in Wigmore Street, London, in 1929. Following World War II, Gordon Russell was committed to public service so his brother Richard (Dick) Russell, directed the design office of the company. He was an appointed professor at the Royal College of Art.
Gordon Russel became the first chairman of the 'Crafts Council', was director of the Design Centre in London, and was awarded a knighthood in 1955 for services to design and industry.
Rosewood and Mahogany Desk by Gordon Russell Limited