In the commissioning client’s office a large union jack was emblazoned across an end wall, a lot of metres away on the opposite end, an equally large stars and stripes balanced its companion. The flags are a very obvious signal to all who work and visit this space, that what goes on within it is of equal importance to both Britain and the USA. The owner of the business had an interest in Bauhaus design. His brief was to design some desks that worked with this but maybe softened it a bit. The timber used had to be American walnut, from woodland that’s considerably better and sustainably run than most British plantations. Three of the desks had marmoleum (97% flax) writing surfaces, whilst the one that the office was run from, was a rich burr walnut with a surface in blue leather with exquisite, orange hand-stitched borders by MacGregor & Michael. These four desks and a low table are the opening salvo in this fruitful trans Atlantic liaison.

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