Our Rolltop Desks

"We build each Rolltop one at a time, giving you the freedom to CUSTOMISE your Rolltop Desk just as you like"

We have been making Roll tops for over 25 years, and today we are regarded as the leading manufacturer of quality Rolltop Desks in Australia. Our Rolltop Desk Designs have changed with the times; Our biggest shift has been from the traditional writing desk (we started making in 1985) to new designs for Computer Roll Tops, suitable to fit a large monitor, CPU and peripherals. Now moving towards 2012 we are finding Laptops and huge 21” computer screens like apple iMacs are more and more popular. We aim to be FLEXIBLE and accomodate a large range of requirements, styles and budgets, keeping Roll top Desks open as a great choice for all Australians.

We have a great range of Rolltop Desks - from writing Rolltops full of pigeonholes and drawers, to computer Rolltops with cupboard space for a CPU and cable access. Although any Rolltop design can be CUSTOM BUILT to your needs, we have categorised each Rolltop with thier standard features.

Click on either 'Traditional' or 'Computer' below to see our Rolltop designs, information and pricing.

Custom Made Gallery

Here is a nice selcetion of custom desks we have build in the last few years, there are so many great combinations of design, timber and finishes and we never seem to be building the same desk twice, as everyone has thier own unique ideas and needs which we design for.

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A History of Rolltop Desks

A rolltop desk is a 19th century reworking of the Pedestal Desk with a series of stacked compartments, shelves, drawers and nooks in front of the user. In contrast to these the compartments, the desktop surface of a rolltop desk is covered by means of a tambour consisting of linked wooden slats that roll or slid e through slots in the raised sides of the desk. In that, it is a descendant in function, and partly in form, of the cylinder desk of the 18th century.

The rolltop desk was the mainstay of the small or medium sized office at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. It gradually fell out of favor with the introduction of the steel desk and the coming of greater quantities of correspondence and other documents, which made the small stacked drawers and small shelves obsolete.

Because it was produced in vast numbers and at varying levels of quality, the rolltop desk is popular in the antique market. It is also popular amongst set decorators who want to recreate the "ambiance" of an office at the turn of the previous two centuries, or during famous eras like prohibition. The rolltop has starred in many plays and movies, the most famous one being probably a movie titled His Girl Friday with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.

The Rolltop Desk continues to be a functional, yet stylish piece of furniture in many homes and business. From it's early days of traditional craftsmanship to modern adaptations, it has transformed to lend itself to the times. The Rolltop desk offers style and tradition from the past, and looking into the future will be a popular choice for many years to come.

References

  • Baumert, Kenneth. "Building a rolltop desk: Interlocking slats form an all-wood tambour." Fine Woodworking. Volume 79. December 1989. pp. 48-53.
  • Gloag, John. A Complete Dictionary of Furniture. Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Press, 1991.

 

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