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Decoration

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Desk
(1878)
Barcelona

Immediately after he completed his degree, Gaudí designed his own desk from a detailed plan noted down in his student’s diary. It had a sliding door and two suspended side compartments which gave it equilibrium. But the most striking feature was its plant and animal decoration, with representations of aquatic plants, birds, snakes and insects. Made of wood and metal, the desk was built in the workshops of Eudald Puntí and Llorenç Matamala and installed in Gaudí’s office in Carrer del Call. Later, the architect took it with him to his workshop at the Sagrada Família, where it was destroyed by fire in 1936. 

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