Donald Deskey was one of American Modern designs most famous names. He was one of the pioneers alongside Paul Frankl who established the American Art Deco 'streamlined modern' style. He designed apartments for for high society such as the Rockefeller's, but his most notable commission was the Palace of American Art Deco at Radio City Music Hall. The most desirable furniture designed by Deskey dates back to the 20's and 30's and is minimalist, geometric, and abstract with repeating angles and clean lines. Not unlike other notable Art Deco designers, he loved to work with chrome, aluminum, and Bakelite, innovative materials that could be used because of the advances in technology at the time. Deskey had his own furniture company Deskey-Vollmer for which he designed a limited amount of pieces.
The majority of Deskey's custom commissions were executed by the Company of Mastercraftsmen and Schmieg & Kotzian. Deskey also designed for Treitel-Gratz Co., AMODEC, Hastings Table Co., and Widdicomb Furniture Company of Grand Rapids.
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Art Deco Console Vanity Attributed to Donald Deskey
Stunning Art Deco Console Vanity with Shelves
An American Art Deco streamline console vanity attributed to Donald Deskey. Dramatic design featuring rich black lacquered wood, warm natural wood, chrome and glass. The large 60" circular mirror is attached to a three-drawer cabinet on the left with two thick glass shelves to the right with all of it sitting on a chrome edged black base. The chunky solid chrome plated drawer pulls, 3/4 inch glass shelves, circular mirror and solid sloping black with chrome base make this design a truly bold and beautifully crafted statement piece. This is one of a kind cosmopolitan masterpiece that can be used either as a console or a vanity. Console is in excellent restored condition. This high quality Deco piece features dovetail construction, heavy chrome plated brass hardware + base trim and 3/4" thick glass shelves. This stately piece measures approximately 66" long by 60: high by 13.75" deep. Drawer cabinet measures 26.5 high by 20.5 wide by deep10". Chrome edged base measures 66" long by 13.75" deep by 2.5" high. Glass shelves measure 45.5" long by 7" deep.
Donald Deskey Art Deco Walnut Burl China Cabinet for Hastings Table Company
Sleek Art Deco China Cabinet Designed by Donald Deskey
Sleek Art Deco China Cabinet, designed by Donald Deskey, for Hastings Table Co in the 1930's. This rare Donald Deskey china cabinet designed in walnut burl with black lacquer accents and highlighted by nickel-plated trim make for a striking piece of American Art Deco. This cabinet is in original condition retaining the unique original blue lacquered interior. This dining room cabinet has lots of storage space for china and linens. China cabinet has all the original nickel plated hardware, including the key. China cabinet has some finish imperfections, probably due to moving or storage, along with minor finish wear on black lacquer consistent with age and use. Matching buffet/sideboard and table available. This stately piece measures approximately: 56" high 40"wide by 17.5" deep.
Donald Deskey Art Deco Walnut Burl Buffet for Hastings Table Company
Sleek Art Deco Buffet Designed by Donald Deskey
Sleek Art Deco Buffet, designed by Donald Deskey, for Hastings Table Co in the 1930's. This rare Donald Deskey buffet/sideboard designed in walnut burl with black lacquer accents and highlighted by nickel-plated linear pulls trim make for a striking piece of American Art Deco. This striking buffet is in original condition retaining the unique original blue lacquered interior + blue felt lined silverware drawer insert. Buffet has all the original nickel plated hardware, including the key. Buffet has some finish imperfections, probably due to moving or storage, along with minor finish wear on black lacquer consistent with age and use. This wonderful piece retains the Hastings Table Company of Hastings, Michigan tag affixed to the interior of top drawer. Matching china cabinet and table available. This stately piece measures approximately 65" long by 34.5" high by 19" deep.
Donald Deskey for AMODEC Art Deco Chest of Drawers
Beautiful Art Deco Deskey 3-Drawer Dresser
Donald Deskey designed this chest of drawers for his own company, AMODEC in 1932. The AMODEC (American Modern Decoration Company) line was short-lived and only produced for a couple of years. Made of beautiful Burl + Ash veneers and black lacquered wood highlighted by nickel-plated demi-lune pulls. This piece is in excellent restored condition and ready to be used. The dresser retains the distinctive blue and silver AMODEC label inside the top drawer and is stenciled "AMODEC 908-4 DR.L" on the back. Chest of drawers measures: 44" wide by 36 high by 20.5 deep.
Sleek Art Deco Side Table by Donald Deskey - Circa Late 1920's
Rare Donald Deskey American Art Deco Coffee or Occasional Table
Sleek Art Deco Side Table, designed by Donald Deskey for Ypsilanti Reed, circa late 1920's. This design was first exhibited by Deskey at the American Designer's Forum in 1928. Documented in the Donald Deskey book by Hanks & Toher, pgs. 89, 171 and in the At Home In Manhattan book, pg. 111. This is a rare early Deskey Art Deco table to find. Made of chrome plated steel and two rectangular shelves of black ebonized wood with polished Bakelite wrapped tops supported by four flat sided curved legs. This small sleek and elegant table is a versatile size and could be used as a lamp table, end or side table, or night stand. Donald Deskey was a pioneer of the American Art Deco movement. Table is all original and shows minor signs of use consistent with age. Measures approximately: 19.25" wide by 12" deep by 17.5" high