On my journey to becoming my most fabulous self, I stumbled across the wonder that is the Parsons Desk. With it’s simple, timeless, yet chic design the Parsons desk stands out and rarely disappoints.
There are many versions of this desk that range from $53-$399 but the most popular among the stylists and bloggers is the West Elm Parsons Desk (currently retailing at $399.) I wish I could tell you why exactly it’s a fan favorite or the model to be designed after, since it is not the originator of the “Parsons Desk,” but I guess that’s what branding does.
The Parsons Desk was designed in a course at the Parsons Paris School of Design taught by Jean-Michel Frank in the 1930s. An article states:
“Frank challenged students to design a table so basic that it would retain its integrity whether sheathed in gold leaf, mica, parchment, split straw or painted burlap, or even left robustly unvarnished. What grew out of Frank’s sketches and the students’ participation was initially called the T-square table … ”
The main distinction of this table is the square legs are the same width as the tabletop. Some tables differ in length of tabletops and amount or inclusion of drawers, and colors. If you want to stay classic like I do, stick with the white glossy top finish. When styled well, the simplicity of the desk enhances a fabulous clean design. These desks also have many uses such as a laptop/computer desk, vanity, and depending on width and height dining or coffee tables.
Here are some different options for the Parsons Desk, and later we will talk about how to style your gorgeous find 🙂