Rare Hugh Acton Desk in Walnut


Rarely seen Hugh Acton Desk in Walnut. Simplicity at its best. Beautiful American Walnut top. The drawers are encased in chrome on the side. Three drawers slide on metal railings. Beautiful metal detail on the legs with exposed screws and joinery. Solid polished chrome legs. circa 1950–1959.

We will be lightly restoring the top to remove some light scratches and it will be in excellent vintage condition. 

Dimensions: 72 L x 36 D x 28.5 H 

Each drawer is 7/8 inch deep x 18.75 wide 

About the designer: 

With a career spanning over six decades, Hugh Acton created iconic designs such as the Acton Stacker and his slat bench. Working from an American craft ethos and inspired by the simplicity and wide appeal of Scandinavian design, Acton's body of work continues to endear itself to collectors of classic mid-century furniture.

"It has been my guiding principle, to simplify until everything is eliminated except the necessary."

                                              -Hugh Acton

Hugh Acton was an artist and designer, based primarily in Kalamazoo, Michigan, working in a style that blended the best of the American craft tradition and Scandinavian mid-century design. He is most known for his pioneering Acton Stacker (the first stackable chair with arms) and his epochal wood and metal slat bench.

Acton was born in 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, and soon after adopted by a family who owned a farm and ranch in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. From a young age, he showed a penchant for building things and his time spent on the farm would influence his design ethos of simplicity in form and material.

Acton went on to earn an MFA in furniture design at the famed Cranbrook Academy of Art. While at Cranbrook, Acton designed his renowned slat bench, a work inspired by the clarity, ease, and wide appeal of many Scandinavian designs.

After graduating, Acton worked for the General Motors Technical Center in Detroit and later established his own furniture company, Hugh Acton, Inc. His commercial designs have won multiple awards over the years, including the American Institute of Design Prize, the Iron and Steel Medal, and the Institute of Business Designers Award.

Acton’s energy and enthusiasm were not only contained to design; he was also an avid sportsman, winning the Michigan Cyclo-Cross championship in 1967 and becoming a national champion senior Olympian in cross country skiing at the age of 65. Later in life, Acton began exploring other materials such as marble, creating sculptures, furniture, and tabletop accessories. He also made jewelry and monumental sculptures in copper that he crushed and formed with his tractor on his farm in western Michigan. Acton led a life devoted to “translating the principles of form found in nature to those of artful design.” He passed away in 2018, leaving behind an inventive and essential body of work.

‘Time With an Artist’ | Hugh Acton (click link for video)