Pippa Desk

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Project by lordgodfrey posted 05-08-2012 03:58 AM 3071 views 15 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a solid wood desk in rift sawn white oak. It has flaps that reveal troughs for storing pens, pencils etc.

I have entered it in Dwell and Design Within Reach’s Live/Work competition. It is one of only a few actually made and not a computer render. If you like it, help support real wood furniture designs and vote. Facebook likes are welcome too. If not, vote for one you like more.

The likelihood of me winning is not high but I would love to see the woodworking community participate more in such events by entering pieces that are actually built and not just CG images.

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#1 posted 05-08-2012 09:35 AM

Great looking desk and good luck to you!!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 05-08-2012 10:07 AM

Excuse me if I’m blunt

I don’t know your name, Unless it is Lord

You come to the LJ’s community asking for votes

Computer nerds are also part of the LJ’s community

So try not to be so insulting when your “Begging” for votes

I for one are hands on, but in this instance may the best

person win “Nerd or Not”


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 05-08-2012 11:59 AM

Nice design, lightweight and usefull.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 05-08-2012 12:08 PM

Looks good, very nice work, good luck.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 05-08-2012 02:31 PM

How many of these things will you have to turn out if you win?

Great looking desk, I saw the original under construction, and I am still amazed by the lightness of the piece.

Superb work Ian, you have my vote.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#6 posted 05-08-2012 03:39 PM

Wonderful clean lines fantastic build and design.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 05-08-2012 04:59 PM

Thank you all for the kind words, they are very much appreciated.

Please also note that I am not “begging” for votes here, I posted my work and simply noted that if you like it, there is a contest where you can vote for it or any others that you prefer.

Many thanks again.

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#8 posted 05-08-2012 05:00 PM

Wow! Jamie, thanks for being “that guy” in every forum. Such an honour.

On behalf of the people you have taken it upon yourself to speak for, please accept my apologies. Being a computer animator for over 15 years I am in fact one of you, trust me. My wife makes video games for a living. We are a “super nerd” family and proud of it. My desk was designed, modelled and drafted on a computer and even posted to this forum from one. Go figure. I did however, build it with my own hands. My comment was not meant to offend but was a playful poke at those who design for competitions and do not make the effort to actually build what they design.

I will remove the comment so that Jamie can meditate/breath better knowing the world has been altered to accommodate his opinions and incorrect assumptions.


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#9 posted 05-08-2012 06:32 PM

The desk is awesome… thanks for posting. I subscribe to your blog as well – keep up the work!

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#10 posted 05-08-2012 07:20 PM

Well, I think Pippa Desk is the best of the group irrespective of whether the others are just images or not. But I also agree that such contests need to be a manufactured piece. Too often the image bears no resemblance to the manufactured item especially with respect to quality. Certainly this is a quality piece with an excellent design and outstanding execution. By the way, if you don’t get negative commentary, you haven’t touched the soul of others. No apologies to anyone are necessary.

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#11 posted 05-09-2012 12:06 AM

Love it

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#12 posted 05-09-2012 04:02 PM

I’ve seen this desk in the Northwest Woodworkers Gallery in Seattle and you do amazing work!

I remember it distinctly because it was my favorite piece in the whole gallery. Unfortunately its one of those pieces that is hard to get a sense of how special it is until you put your fingers on it. Its the kind of furniture that I strive to build which makes it a huge inspiration. Its an honor to have you join LJ. Good luck in the contest.

And don’t listen to “that guy” :)

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 05-09-2012 04:38 PM

Voted.. good luck. It’s a great looking and functional desk.

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#14 posted 05-09-2012 05:39 PM

The lines are very similar to George Nelson’s Swag Leg desk and Herman Miller’s Airia desk (and a hint of some CB2 collections). It is even similarly staged with an Eames dowel-legged chair.

Looks good in my opinion.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#15 posted 05-09-2012 06:18 PM

Thanks iozl, tnwood, Moron, Blake, Sir Fatty and Doss! I’m flattered.

Blake, yes there was a walnut version of it at the Northwest Gallery. It was smaller in proportions and I have since made it bigger and better balanced I think. Glad you got to fondle it! ;-)

Doss, I definitely drew inspiration from the Swag Leg Desk but only saw the Airia Desk a few months ago actually so that one was complete coincidence. I do like that piece a lot! The inspiration for the base actually came from a Borge Mogensen chair which I based some Danish Corded benches that I make on. This desk was designed to fit within a line of designs starting from that bench, same joinery etc. So definitely some cross pollinating going on. You obviously know your stuff!

Thanks again all.

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