Collapsible administrative desk in solid teak and teak veneer. Thick, rectangular top with a cedar base covered in bordeaux-coloured leather and inserted into a solid teak frame. The right side is supported by a profiled "X"-shape leg assembly and the left by a long, double-sided cabinet resting on four short, tapered legs.
Internally, the cabinet contains an open, rectangular storage compartment beneath two slant-fronted drawers and another open storage compartment. Externally, there are two open storage comparments.
Cedar, a soft, local wood, allows the leather to be fixed by tacking, unlike teak, which is a dense wood and therefore too hard for the purpose.
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Provenance: College of Architecture in Chandigarh, sector 12.
Photo ref.: Catalogue Artcurial Briest, Poulain, F.Tajan, similar model, Chandigarh Project sale on 27/11/2006 in Paris, page 46, lot no. 49. Sold for €14799.
Photo ref.: Similar model in "Le Corbusier Pierre Jeanneret l'Aventure Indienne" by Eric Touchaleaume and Gérald Moreau, page 577 under reference: PJ-BU-18-A.