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Pippa Folding Desk, 1985–87

This is a Folding desk. It was co-designed by Rena Dumas and Peter Coles and fabricated by Hermès. It is dated 1985–87 and we acquired it in 1989. Its medium is turned and joined pearwood, tanned and cut leather, cast brass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

It was not until 1983 that Rena Dumas began designing wood furniture. This desk and chair by Dumas in collaboration with Peter Coles, are completely collapsible, folding to the depth of a briefcase. Dumas said of the concept: “Beyond beauty or ugliness, [folding furniture] has a supplementary dimension, a kind of added value… Well made, it lives in harmony with its user.” The set was part of the “Pippa” furniture collection, designed for and sold by Hermès.

This object was donated by Hermès. It is credited Gift of Hermès S.A..

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D (closed): 80.5 × 74 × 45 cm (31 11/16 × 29 1/8 × 17 11/16 in.) H x W x D (open): 80.5 × 74 × 69.5 cm (31 11/16 × 29 1/8 × 27 3/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Pippa Folding Desk, 1985–87; Co-Designer: Rena Dumas (French, b. Greece, 1937-2009); France; turned and joined pearwood, tanned and cut leather, cast brass; H x W x D (closed): 80.5 × 74 × 45 cm (31 11/16 × 29 1/8 × 17 11/16 in.) H x W x D (open): 80.5 × 74 × 69.5 cm (31 11/16 × 29 1/8 × 27 3/8 in.); Gift of Hermès S.A.; 1989-36-1-a/d

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