Small Danish teak writing desk circa 1960
Small Danish teak desks tend to be fairy plain and utilitarian as they were mainly made for teenagers. This one has lovely detailing such as slightly curved sides and the lovely leg design. Unknown designer and maker but a definite step up from most Danish desks we see and no doubt it will have been by a known designer because of the quality.
Its 124.5cms at it’s widest , and 61.5cms deep. It’s slightly lower than most desks at 68.5cms rather than a typical 72/73cms. The kneehole is 49.5cms wide and 59.5cms high. I’m 5ft 9″ ( about 175cms ) and I can sit at it comfortably. Most chairs won’t sit completely in the kneehole but the Ladderax one did as did a G Plan circular seated chair. Back in the 1960’s it wasn’t important for desk chairs to slot into kneeholes when the chairs are not in use as many kneeholes won’t take a desk chair that way.
It’s been cleaned and oiled and is now looking great. You must still expect to see minor scratches and signs of wear if you look very closely but there are no obvious marks or really noticeable scratches, although there were a few when we bought it.