Pecs desk with drawers and filing cabinet. Designer Marcel Breuer for Simon Studio by Gavina. (American/Hungarian, 1902–1981). Model: Pecs writing desk, produced by Gavina from 1963. Wooden construction, rosewood. It is suitable to be placed in the center of a room since it is well finished also on the back. Size 72.5 x 180 x 60 cm. (28.5 x 70.9 x 23.6 in.) The Pecs desk, named after the city where Marcel Breuer was born, was designed in 1951 for his home in New Canaan / Connecticut. Put into production by Dino Gavina in 1963. In charge of its furniture section at Bauhaus School, Breuer encouraged students to look at how furniture and furnishing could be industrially manufactured, tackling the relative technological and stylistic problems with a through and methodological approach. ''at home a table to write, in the office a desk to talk'': these few words accompany the presentation of the desk in the 1964 Gavina catalog. Pecs is an exceptional model formal elegance, a simple geometric design played on the relationship between volumes and proportion of the elements. Full and empty, large volumes and small thicknesses, arranged in balance, a task done perfectly by Breuer, who is affected by the De Stijl influence and by the neoplastic culture encountered in his formative years at the Bauhaus school. The solution chosen for the drawer opening handle makes this desk a small masterpiece: rectangular slots, each made in the drawer below, so as to leave space for the hand that opens the upper one, except in the last one where the slot The handle is obtained directly in the thickness of the edge of the structure. A formal cleanliness that leaves nothing to the unsolved, the unthought, the unplanned. Simon Studio was born in Bologna in 1968 from an idea of ??the entrepreneur, designer and visionary publisher Dino Gavina - already founder of Gavina SpA, a forge of Italian design then sold to Knoll, and of the famous lighting company Flos . Dino Gavina, (1922-2007), began his activity as early as the 40s with objects for theater scenes, a great passion of him. Convinced of the need for a modern design but also rich in poetry, he gradually manages to involve many ''fathers of the fatherland'', as he jokingly calls them, including Carlo Scarpa, Enzo Mari, Marcel Breuer, just to name a few. His work constitutes the starting point of the so-called Italian Style, a synonym of quality that has accompanied Italian furniture design all over the world ever since. Simon is undoubtedly one of the entrepreneurial realities that in the 1950s contributed to developing the idea of ??Italian design: genius and creativity that take shape in consumer objects but above all in culture. In 2013 the Simon company was acquired by the Cassina brand which carries on its innovative spirit with the respect due to an icon. An example of this is the MutAzioni project, which aims to update historical models on the occasion of Cassina's 90th anniversary (1927-2017) and provides new finishes for both the structure and the top of the Doge table by Carlo Scarpa.