You don’t have to travel to Chicago to see one, you can own your own Gilbert Rohde ‘Ectoplastic’ Desk at epoca!

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You don’t have to travel to Chicago to see one, you can own your own Gilbert Rohde "Ectoplastic" Desk at epoca!      


ectoplastic desk in the permanent collection of the art institute of chicagoWorking for the Herman Miller Furniture Company, Gilbert Rohde helped define American modern design.    In 1940 Gilbert Rohde created the Paldao Group, an 80-piece suite of furniture influenced by the biomorphic shapes associated with Surrealism.     Rohde used the term ectoplastic to describe this desk from the group and considered it to be a successful example of an undulating, organic, yet wholly modern form.    The desk is a series of masses and planes, the top appears to float just above the pedestal, giving it a sculptural effect.     Rohde successfully merged the avant-garde with the old-fashioned combining precious paldao and acacia woods with classical decorative elements, utilizing contemporary material technologies using imitation rather than real leather.    *Art Institute of Chicago

a fine example of an american 1940's kidney-shaped desk by gilbert rohde 1940's  designed by gilbert rohde for herman miller

Gilbert Rohde, American, 1894-1944, Made by the Herman Miller Furniture Company, founded 1923    Paldao "Ectoplastic" Desk (No. 4106), c. 1940

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