Kirby Beard & Co. Desktop Compendium, French dials

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A practical piece that manages to remain stylish, this Kirby, Beard & Co Compendium is an excellent addition to any desk, coffee table, or mantelpiece. Dating back to the 1950s, it represents the elegance and timeless charm of mid-century design, as well as the spirit of that period.

About the Design

The original Compendium was designed by the visionary Paul Dupré-Lafon for Hermes. His background as an architect and a decorator can clearly be seen in the combination of Cubist philosophies and Art Deco geometric lines of the piece. The critic and designer Michel Dufet once claimed that Dupré-Lafon “understood the profound essence of luxury”, a statement which the compendium embodies with its multiple functions, aesthetic elegance, and functional details.

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