KR+H at ABX: a story about a desk


As cabinetmakers, KR+H is especially known for creating custom kitchen cabinets and millwork. Yet it is not unusual that customers see our level of craftsmanship and ask us to make them a special piece of fine furniture.

The desk made by KR+H with Biedermeier details for our customer's contemporary home. Photograph by Brian Vanden Brink.

The desk made by KR+H with Biedermeier details for our customer's contemporary home. Photograph by Brian Vanden Brink.

Such is the story behind the custom Biedermeier-style desk KR+H made for our customer's Osterville seaside home.

Aliza Reidt captured the desk on KR+H's iMac slideshow at ABX.

Aliza Reidt captured the desk on KR+H's iMac slideshow at ABX.

And here begins a wonderful story within a story! On our way to exhibit last week at ABX, ArchitectureBoston Expo, we discovered we were missing the photograph of the desk, which was taken a few years ago by the architectural photographer Brian Vanden Brink. We made a last-minute call to Brian who kindly sent the digital image right away so we could include it in our exhibit's slideshow. Brian happened to be at ABX on opening day for a signing of his latest book, Iconic: Perspectives on the Man-Made World. We were delighted when he stopped by our booth to chat with us.

Imagine our surprise the next morning when we received this email message from Brian:

"Good to see you and your colleagues at ABX. Your display booth was very impressive! In a strange coincidence, I received this email from a woman in Hungary just this morning. It concerns the biedermeier table that you made...This email came out of the blue and has an interesting history of the table."

Here is the "out of the blue" email Brian received from Zsuzsanna Bekesi, Classic Design Ltd., Hungary:

"First of all I would like to tell you that many people like your photos also here in Hungary. I found an interesting picture between your photos. This is a copy of a writing table. Let me tell you the true story of this antique biedermeier table: the original was made in Vienna, 1825. Designed by Joseph Danhauser (model number 18), one piece was made for duchess Sophie in blue Court of Laxenburg. Made with sawed cherry-wood veneering, with rosewood marquetry decorated, manual gloss finish french polishing. This original piece is in MAK museum Vienna. Our reproduction is in Salzburg Dorotheum for Christmas auction 2012. I wish you all the best."

Images Zsuzsanna emailed of the original Biedermeier writing table by Joseph Danhauser.

Images Zsuzsanna emailed of the original Biedermeier writing table by Joseph Danhauser.

Did waters ripple across the ocean on the resurfacing of the desk's image? After all, writing tables are very special. We hope you enjoy the story and the history of the desk!