The G-Plan brand was launched in the 1950’s. In Britain, it helped to define the period between the mid 1950’s to the mid 1970’s, that we now know as the Mid-Century Modern period. For the post war generation, G-Plan represented a triumph of modernity over tradition.
After many years of neglect a new generation is discovering G-Plan once again. The growth of the vintage movement as well as the popularity of programs like Mad Men has meant that a new generation is discovering furniture from the Mid Century Modern era.
As space becomes an issue, there is a recognition that well designed simple pieces of furniture from this period can look stunning in a modern setting.
I acquired the bureau from my local charity shop. It had simply been abandoned outside the shop. I negotiated a good price with the Manager, on the basis that I’d remove it straight away.
With this bureau, I wanted to remain true to the original design aesthetic, and keep things simple, whilst adding a more contemporary feel to the final piece. My primary colour palette consisted of burgundy and grey. The handles were simply sanded and waxed.
More examples of the finished piece