Tuesday, October 20, 2009

green and pink office wishes

Who remembers Ireland's old school desks? Made of iron and wood, with inkwells and pencil-slots and lids that lifted so that we could store our lunches and catapults. Small ones for the small children and big ones for the big children, functional and almost indestructible. I never appreciated their beauty during my long, long schooldays and etched my name into them along with everyone else, but now I'd love to have one.

And this, from Steuart Padwick, is what reminded me of those desks.

I like its chic femininity and storage places and lack of business brawn, and only wish it had the built-in hinged wooden bench of the school desks.

And, from the same designer, a beautiful sideboard in which I can store my stationery along with all the magazines and chocolates and wine I need for when I storm grandly off into the home office, saying that I'm very busy and must not be disturbed. Aren't those chalky colours lovely?

[Images from Steuart Padwick]

27 comments:

  1. We had those! The kids I look after have one for some reason and it reminds me of school every time I see it.

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  2. We had very similar school desks in Argentina - metal, wood, a hinged top so that we could put our books and papers in... Heart-shaped engravings on the top and the occasional piece of gum stuck to the bottom edge... Ah, memories..!

    And these renditions, with those colors - they are so you. Can I storm off grandly along with you for the chocolate and wine part..?

    -maria

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  3. What a lovely desk. It's so simple and clean, which would be a great contrast to my usual piles of office-mess. Perhaps it would even force me to organize myself a bit more.

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  4. thank you mise you are adelightful commentator. i love the first desk so sleek.

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  5. I LOVE the sideboard! I remember those desks, I always get a shiver when I take the kids to visit the old school caught in time at the Scotland Street School Museum; those desks were our lives for a long time. :O)

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  6. The sideboard is fantastic Mise! Hmmm...I'd love to pair it up with my Eames chair;)

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  7. Oh Mise....memories of my old school desk... the ink stains, the carved obsenities and the chewing gum (and other revolting things!!!!) stuck under the desk. I hid my crisps in there and used to sneak one while the lesson was going on (ummmm...naughty me !!!!)
    These pastel babies are a long way from the ones at my school, but, I know what you mean about their shape etc.
    Can just see you sneaking off to your office for a quick slurp of red or white and a soft centre !!!! XXXX

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  8. It's been so long I don't even remember what my school desk looked like(!) They weren't nearly as nice as yours, I'm sure. Loving the clean lines of these and the two together. I recently saw a beautiful pink and green office somewhere that made me envious.

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  9. I just love those splashes of colour. Great looking stuff!

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  10. I do love those old desks. I wonder if I should be carting some of the ones from my school home...one day they may be the ones we all are longing for????

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  11. Yes not just Ireland also Australia had those desks. And those hard woodeny chairs. I feel bored and naughty just looking at them now. Anything which is reminiscent of school I just can't cope with. Even if it is pretty in pink. xoxo

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  12. Hi Mise, I missed out on those delightful, vintage desks when I was at school. We had those nasty, utililtarian, formica-surfaced desks with brown ugly legs. If I'd had a desk that looked anywhere near as gorgeous as this, I'm sure I would have been far more attentive and stayed glued to it. I love your sideboard idea with a secret stash of distractions. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. It's lovely to meet you here. Meredith xo.

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  13. Oh Dear Mise
    All of 'us' that remember the style of desk you describe, must be in a certain age bracket.. haha
    Well at least the aussies.

    I do remember these desks.. and yes wouldn't you just love one now!!

    PS so glad to replace the convict image with something a bit more restful.. hehe x Julie

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  14. Lovely, Mise! It's a little bit 'Shaker hits a gelati truck'.

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  15. Oh yes I remember these from my school days. maybe if I have one of these now my table would look a bit neat with all the jubk hiding inside ;)

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  16. Love these, really cute and colourful!

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  17. Those desks were great. There was massive competition in our school for the ones with the inkwells still intact. Like your new header by the way, very nice!

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  18. school schmool school related furniture gives me the shivers , (though i do like blackboards ) and I'm warmed up by your new header...very pretty indeed, .looks like the burren ?

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  19. Sorry, everyone, for reminding you of school! And those same desks even in Argentina, Maria? It seems that all those years ago we were unwittingly global children.

    Elaine, it's the beach at the end of our lane, where we have a bit of a Burren tribute act going on.

    Koralee, that's excellent forward thinking, and deserves a promotion.

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  20. Great desk! I like the clean lines and color blocks.

    Thanks so much for taking a picture for the series. Don't worry about cleaning the window - I didn't :)

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  21. I LOVE your thoughtful and sweet blog!!

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  22. We had those desks too!

    I love them, but I'm a bit 'school desked-out' at the moment because in my part of London, every second cafe has now got hold of dozens and uses them as 'crayzeee' coffee tables. Fingers crossed I don't see them in Starbucks...

    I love the new header photo by the way :).

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  23. Hi mise, found you via cowdy calling, and wanted to say hi! Love the blog btw, am now a follower!

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  24. We had a different kind of desk, but it was metal and wood as well. I stashed everything in mine, and scribbled & carved all over it (as you know, I liked to write on furniture). Then, sadly, when I was in 4th grade, a new addition was built onto our school, and they replaced all the old desks with group tables that were covered in faux wood laminate with plastic stacking chairs in shades of orange and avocado--really dreadful.

    Love these pieces you've shown here!

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  25. I neeeeeeed those! That is exactly the type of style I would like to have. Our desks were nothing like that.

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