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Thread: 1969 Fiberglass Boomerang desk sold for $481,000

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    Default 1969 Fiberglass Boomerang desk sold for $481,000



    Sold at Christie's auction house.

    Price Realized
    • $481,000
    • Price includes buyer's premium
    Estimate
    • $30,000 - $50,000


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    Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design
    18 December 2007
    New York, Rockefeller Plaza


    Lot Description
    MAURICE CALKA (1921-1999) FOR JEAN LELEU-DESHAYS
    A Fiberglass 'Boomerang' Desk and Leather Upholstered Swivel Chair, circa 1969
    30 in. (76.2 cm.) high, 86 in. (221.5 cm.) wide, 67 in. (170.2 cm.) deep (2)


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    French sculptor Maurice Calka (1921-1999), a laureate of the Grand Prix de Rome, achieved an international reputation which saw his works in many media installed in major centers around the world. His revolutionary design for the Boomerang desk was commissioned by the prestigious firm of Leleu-Deshays, and was first realized in 1969.

    In a full page advertisement and feature article from this same year announcing the launch of the new design, Leleu-Deshays invited clients to order the desk with the latest electronic circuitry for telephone, intercom, and a television monitor. The rounded form and curving, sculptural shape of the Calka's design for the Boomerang desk has come to epitomize the playful technological imaginings and aesthetic of late 1960s design. Versions of this model have been included in major recent international exhibitions examining not only the Pop Art period, but also the revolution in workspace design which occurred during the late 20th century.

    MAURICE CALKA (1921-1999) FOR JEAN LELEU-DESHAYS | A FIBERGLASS 'BOOMERANG' DESK AND LEATHER UPHOLSTERED SWIVEL CHAIR, CIRCA 1969 | 20th Century Decorative Art & Design Auction</li> | 1960s, Furniture & Lighting | Christie's

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    It looks like the receptionist desk at the Korova Milk Bar.

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    lol it's neat. but not 481'000$ neat.
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    I like it, but not at that price.
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    I wonder what the retail price was in 1969?


    I really love the design.

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    I want it at home!
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    Kinda liking it...but yea, not for that price......

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    What is the blue square right behind the chair for?
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    In the description, it says the blue square (or so I'm interpreting) is a TV monitor.
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    ^^awesome!!

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    Oh cooooooool! I would love to have that! Thanks Brookie!!!
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    You bet! I'd love to have this as my work desk - with a functioning TV screen.

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    All i can say is get fucked!

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