Jindrich Halabala Desk H-180, Czech, 20th century.
This Jindrich Halabala Art Deco writing desk has a chrome-plated steel frame. the top and drawers feature a beautiful walnut veneer. The desk has four drawers and two surfaces, one for writing and one for storage. It is 29.92″ (76 cm) tall, 51.18″ (130 cm) long, and 27.56″ (70 cm) wide.
Jindrich Halabala designed the desk around 1930.
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Jindrich Halabala (1903-1978)
Jindrich Halabala helped create a new mass-market approach to home design and furnishing in Czechoslovakia in the interwar period and after the Second World War. He believed furniture could and should be well-finished, fully functional, modular, mobile and widely affordable.
As chief designer of the large Brno-based furniture producer United Arts and Crafts Manufacture (UP), he significantly influenced its manufacturing program from the 1930s on – pioneering the industrial manufacture of furniture in Czechoslovakia.
He developed two fundamental series of modular furniture: lines H and E, and many types of wooden seating. He also designed innovative tubular steel furniture, produced in UP’s Hodonín branch.
The permanent collections of Moravská gallery, Brno and the Olomouc Museum of Art have Halabala furniture on display. Additionally, there was an exhibition commemorating Halabala which toured major cities of the Czech Republic.
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