Schulim KRIMPER, Writing desk Enlarge 1 /1


Sereth, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary (Romania) 1893 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1971

  • to Australia 1939

Writing desk design: 1955, manufacture c.1960 Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: furniture, desks, New Guinea walnut (dracontomelum magniferum), plate glass

Dimensions: 74.5 h x 172.0 w x 78.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1982
Accession No: NGA 82.2143.A-C

This classic of modern Australian furniture is a version of the desk Schulim Krimper designed for the Melbourne painter, Lina Bryans. Bryans wanted a desk that would float in the space under the suspended stairs at her East Melbourne home. Krimper responded with a plate-glass top supported by a hardwood trestle, pivoting on a cabinet of four drawers that could be swivelled to suit the writer. The contrast between the solid box and the spare drawing in timber and glass makes for the allure of this design.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Anne Gray (ed), Australian art in the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002