Contemporary French Desk | Tightly Grained Veneers | Fantastic Details
The French Evolution
This handsome desk is at home anywhere you want polished French style with traditional roots, global influences and updated finishes (in the design language of Maison Jansen).
Quietly memorable, these desks feature a Louis XVI shape with tapering legs finished by sabots and decorator details like brass highlights/surrounds. The straight, tightly grained veneers and fantastic greige/blanched colors bring this design into the now. Choose the color of drawer pulls for a uniform look or sophisticated mixed materials.
Decolonization, which unravels lingering colonial systems and structures, has been topical in Africa and the Americas for over 20 years. Inside India, decolonizing Indian crafts does not seem to have crossed-over from academic settings to broader audiences. Why is that?
The lack of a standardized, generally accepted definition of “handmade / handcraft” destabilizes sustainability reporting, ESG dimensions and other urgent, data-driven concerns. We propose the best general definition for handmades, so far:
"True handmades are created, essentially, by human hands. “100% handmades” can use hand tools or even limited mechanical processes—as long as the artisan’s work and skills remain the most substantial value-add of the finished product." Keep reading for a rounded view of handmades, globally.