74" file desk

74" file desk

from 2,638.00

W 74 x D 26 1/4 x H 29

Its hard to know what all to say about the great inspiration that brought this beauty into being, lets just say that this desk developed like a thunder clap.   Combine an elegant cantilevered top with a suspended sculptural cabinet, that houses drawers that feature a unique handle, and you have the 64DF.  This handle does double duty by wrapping the sides of the drawers to serve also as a custom slide.   The very first prototype, not just of this desk, but for all of what John Lindsay calls sub-series two (desks, chests of drawers, credenzas, consoles, shelving systems, and more).  Someone will have to moderate between your fighting grandchildren after you are     gone, but then again this furniture is worth fighting for.  its made in the good old USA, even better, it comes from Kenosha WI, this desk is for the excellent student, as in John’s daughter Fiona, or the baller business lady, as in Lee Kirk and Kate Fagan at Cortney Bishop Design.

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sub-series two (case-goods and desks)

superstructures and suspended storage

After the initial group of products consisting of a chair and a variety of tables were created, John Lindsay taped into his nearly two decades experience with custom cabinetry and millwork, and hit the ground running with sub-series two (casework).  The initial product was a desk that established the language for the rest of the sub-series.  The main innovation was with the relationship between the super structure, the legs and arms tied together with a continuous dowel that served both a structural stretcher and a three way through tenon.  With tops made of 1inch solid material, this with the super structure offers the needed strength to hold in suspension thin skinned cabinetry.

drawer box and cabinets universalized

Next, was the decision to have the cabinets share the exact same parts and construction methods as the drawer boxes, using half inch solid material everywhere with tongue and groove joinery.  This universalization of the parts allows for dedicated machines ready to handle any demand, greatly simplifying the process of component part manufacturing.  The cabinet edges have one inch half round face-frames with coped joints that visually match the tops, while leaving the necessary inside space for concealed hardware. This is needed for the handles to also serve as running slides running on concealed cleats.

handles turning into slides

The final touch, the jewelry of the whole ensemble is the inventive handle that runs horizontally, wrapping along the sides doing double duty as the slides.  These three eight inch dowels dado into a eighth inch aluminum bar which is then dadoed into the drawer face and sides.  Speaking the same language as the larger structural dowel toward the back and the one inch half round edging, this elegant solution can be used in multiple handle configurations, and becomes another signature feature in the PetalPly vernacular.

The same aluminum flat stock that is used in the handles/slides is also placed into the lower file drawer as file hangers.  Expressing the horizontal with both the super structure’s two inch dowel and the continuous handles is a Mid-west tradition.