This design is a spin-off of my Aurora Table Desk. Both pieces are Darrell’s original designs, but borrow inspiration from Greene and Greene as well as others. The bottom two drawers will accommodate either letter or legal files. The center top drawer is available either as a keyboard pullout with fall-down front or as standard with a pencil drawer.
The inlaid wire-ways are in the shape of a Japanese tsuba. A tsuba is the guard between the handle and the blade on a Japanese sword. They came in many shapes and Charles Greene had a collection of them. This particular tsuba shape was used often by the Charles in design work – especially in the Gamble House.
The motivation for the “straps” came from the leather straps on the Ford House Letter Case – an original G & G design. I conceived the straps in terms of “visual weight” as discussed in my Popular Woodworking article, “Gravity by Design.” The drawer pulls on the upper version of the desk are of my own design, while the pulls on the lower desk are inspired by a James Krenov Pull.