Looking Inward

Photo of Looking Inward by Fred Eiden

A piece of furniture serves a purpose; it can never be solely artistic because it is functional by definition. This desk has relatively traditional design features: four legs, multiple drawers for storage, a simple base and top cabinet, a surface for working and writing. It is essentially a functional piece and the dark primary wood accents that. In contrast, the lighter material is added in fields: on the desk surface, around the top, and at the back. These panels of light and pattern draw your eye away for the ordinary parts of the desk. With any luck, they may even make you forget about the work you are supposed to finish...

Photo of Looking Inward by Fred Eiden

This desk is made primarily of wenge and spalted maple. The border inlays and handles are ebony. All the drawers are joined with hand-cut dovetails and hung on wood rails. The entire front face of the desk follows a gentle inward curve. The body of the desk is finished with sprayed lacquer; the handles are finished with shellac and wax.

Photo of Looking Inward by Fred Eiden


  • Spalted Maple
  • Ebony
  • Wenge


  • Bent Lamination
  • Dovetail
  • Mortise-and-tenon
  • Veneer


  • Decorative Veneers
  • Drawers
  • Inlay
  • Wood Handle


  • Conversion Varnish