Natural Edge Desk & Pedestal – London Plane


This desk and free standing pedestal was inspired by the London Plane timber from a Carmelite monastery that was used to construct it. NOW SOLD – Please contact us if you are interested in commissioning a similar piece.  

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This desk and its accompanying free standing pedestal were inspired by the slab of London Plane that forms the desk top. The incredible figure of the Lacewood along with features such as bark inclusions and blue and black spalting cried out for it to be the main feature of a significant piece. The adjacent boards were also straight enough as to be ideal to form a skirt for the desk and another board was long enough to form the three continuous sides of the pedestal.

The desk top follows the shape of the tree apart from a couple of straight sections in the centre for ergonomic reasons. A large branch hole is filled with clear resin. The whole desk top is finished with a water and alcohol resistant hard wax and polished to a lustrous shine. The tapered legs are supported by a skirt that is also waney edged along the long sides. The front conceals a secret drawer in the centre large enough to hold a laptop and with concealed access for a charging cable. The drawer is made from a locally sourced Sycamore and Beech and running on London Plane Runners in a Sweet Chestnut Frame. All of the timbers were sourced from non-farmed trees as part of our Social Enterprise initiative. The legs are demount-able using just eight stainless steel bolts, to facilitate transportation.

The pedestal is built from a single board that forms the three sides and three drawers, again made from Sycamore with live edge London Plane front pieces featuring full width handles again of London Plane and Sycamore. The drawers run on ball bearings and are fully dovetail jointed.

The single tree that provided the London Plane for these pieces grew in the grounds of a Carmelite Monastery in Notting Hill and was felled in order to make way for a new access route. Other pieces of the same tree have been used by the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden to restore the interior of their 1938 Tube Train.

The price includes delivery and assembly in Mainland UK. Please contact us for shipping to other areas.

The desk is 1800mm wide by 770mm high x 660mm deep.