Glissade by Wales & Wales

An elegant writing desk in 5,000 year old bog oak, whose top slides sideways to reveal a hidden well, lined with matching Moroccan leather. Atop the desk sits a scarlet yellow lacquer pen box, covered by an extension of bog oak. Glissade is a tribute to 18th century cabinet makers who used writing desks to display the refinement of their skills. The careful matching of the grain shows a balance and consistency of tone, which is only matched by the soft curves flowing in and out of the top.
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Dynamic profile of the top and legs, following the same angles.

Dynamic profile of the top and legs, following the same angles.

Pen box with handmade hinges.

Pen box with handmade hinges.

Bespoke secret mechanism.

Bespoke secret mechanism.

Raw timbers drying outside in the stock shed of the Edward Barnsley Workshop.

Raw timbers drying outside in the stock shed of the Edward Barnsley Workshop.

Preparing the timber.

Preparing the timber.

Carving the secret press.

Carving the secret press.

Fitting the lower base panels.

Fitting the lower base panels.

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