This is such an incredible desk and piece of history, where do I start. It was designed by Walter Dorwin Teague for Texaco gas stations. And was produced by Royal Metal. What more prestige and history could one piece have. Comprised of a steel box which has a textured black painted finish and three equal size drawers which is floating in a continuous chrome tube S-shaped frame. The frame only supports the black laminate-like top with its ribbed aluminum trim and creates the legs. It retains its original Royal Metal tag.
Walter Dorwin Teague has come to be known as the Dean of Industrial Design. He pioneered in the establishment of industrial design as a profession along with Norman Bel Geddes, Raymond Loewy, and Henry Dreyfuss. In addition to designing the entire Texaco gas station inside and out, he designed for Eastman Kodak; he designed the Marmon 16, the first automobile to be conceived by an industrial designer; the Steinway Peace Piano; 32 design patterns for Steuben Glass; The Sparton Bluebird Radio; as well as passenger cars and diners for the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad. The company he founded is still operating in Seattle and designing under the name of Teague with clients the likes of Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, and Boeing to name only a few.
I could go on forever about the attributes of this desk. You need to own this little piece of design history for yourself.