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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Industrial Trimline Executive Desk by KEM Weber

US$4,50046% Off


This is a wonderful example of KEM Weber's classic Trimline desk design for Heywood Wakefield. This desk is fresh off a full restoration and has been tastefully updated with new faux marble formica top and hammered-gray enamel modesty panel. These mild modifications were made using the original materials and conserve the authenticity of the piece. This desk now achieves a level of sophistication worthy of this iconic design. You won't find a better example!


  • Creator
    Kem Weber (Designer),Heywood-Wakefield Co. (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Width: 60 in. (152.4 cm)Depth: 30 in. (76.2 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Replacements made: new Formica top. Refinished. excellent, fully restored condition with minor wear to inside of drawers consistent with age & use.
  • Seller Location
    Lafayette, IN
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2680310932991

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    Ships From: Lafayette, IN
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About the Designer

Kem Weber

Architect and designer Kem Weber arrived in the United States in the vanguard of a wave of progressive Central European talents — among them, Rudolph Schindler, Richard Neutra, Paul T. Frankl and Ilonka Karascz — who would profoundly affect the course of modernism in the United States. In his new home, Weber created a wholly American form of modern design that is sleek and stylish, yet comfortable and practical. Karl Emanuel Martin Weber — “Kem” was his self-styled nom d’usage — was born and trained in Berlin. In 1914, he became an accidental immigrant to the U.S.. Sent to San Francisco by his teacher-turned-employer, architect Bruno Paul, to oversee an installation at a global design expo, Weber was marooned by the outbreak of World War I. But he quickly grew to love California, even if his early years there were difficult. When design commissions were hard to find, he took jobs as a lumberjack, chicken farmer and art school teacher. (He gained U.S. citizenship in 1924.) In the mid-1920s, while working for the Los Angeles–based Barker Bros. department store — the largest furniture retailer in the country at the time — Weber regularly traveled around the nation to deliver lectures on modernism. His reputation as a champion of a new, clean and elegant style earned him architectural commissions and contracts to design furniture and items such silverware, coffee services and cocktail shakers. His masterpiece is the Airline lounge chair, designed 1934-1935. With its raked, gently angular frame and cantilevered seat, the chair suggests movement, speed and forward progress. Though it seemed perfect for mass production, Weber was never able to convince a major manufacturer to take it on. In the end, fewer than 300 Airline chairs were made. Today, those may be the rarest examples of Weber’s work, but are always worth looking out for. As you will see on these pages, his designs are both intelligent and stylish. They deserve to be a part of any serious collection of American modernism.
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