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'The James Bond Desk' to go on sale at Gorringe's

The James Bond Desk (Bodil Kjær rosewood free-standing ‘working table’ desk)  - Gorringe's
“No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die”... a classic quote from James Bond film, Goldfinger and what better way to kick off this James Bond inspired article.

On 25th June, Gorringe’s will auction off a Bodil Kjær rosewood free-standing ‘working table’ desk - a timeless design that featured in three James Bond movies in the 1960s and 70s - none of which had a more eye-catching quote than the one we’ve used at the start of this blog post - but each a classic in their own right.

‘The most beautiful desk in the world’

Known as ‘The Most beautiful desk in the world’, the striking 6ft 7in wide by 3ft 3in deep and 2ft 3in tall desk has been a rich history for its presence in a series of high profile films. Also referred to as ‘The James Bond desk’, the design can be seen in From Russia with Love, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and, more recently, Director Matthew Vaughn’s 2014 hit, Kingsman: The Secret Service.

With an auction estimate of £2,000-3,000, the chic design features a rosewood finish, four shallow drawers and a chromed steel fitted underframe, complete with a CITES certificate No 580916/01, in relation to the piece’s use of rosewood.

About the designer

Bodil Kjaer (1932-) is a Danish architect, professor, researcher and furniture designer and is known mostly known for her designs in noble woods, combined with a modern and sleek chrome base. The most important part of her furniture design career was from 1959-1964 and she is mainly recognized for her flexible office furniture, designed in the 1960s.  Her design language is greatly inspired by the Modernist masters such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and examples of her furniture can still be seen today in public buildings, such as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University.

The ‘go-to’ desk of choice for celebrities

As well as its fame in films, Bodil’s table design has been seen in BBC election broadcasts and is a favourite of a host of celebrities - including film star, Michael Caine and even royalty, with Prince Phillip owning one of the desks in his Sandringham residence.

Clifford Lansberry, Partner at Gorringe’s said:

“We’re delighted to be selling this timeless classic of furniture design. It’s no coincidence  it’s been referred to as the most beautiful desk in the world, given its ability to transcend several decades of changing style in home decor, to still look good in people’s homes over 50 years after its initial creation.

“We’re expecting this to be a popular lot given the design’s multiple appearances in one of the most renowned film series of all time, coupled with its desirability as a piece of furniture to suit modern day tastes.”

You can take part in the auction on 25th June either in person or online, via The Saleroom.

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