This rolltop desk was designed as a sales sample. The rolltop portion detaches to form a two pedestal desk. The desk has four drawers on each side as well as one in the center. All of the drawers work. This desk is made of dark wood and has a distinctive floral pattern within a square at its corners.;USA: Michigan, Grand Rapids. Stow & Davis Furniture Co.. Buzzitta was the first staff designer for S & D; he also headed the miniatures department.. Buzzitta, Giacomo (Jack).;USA: Michigan, Grand Rapids. Stow & Davis Furniture Co.. Buzzitta was the first staff designer for S & D; he also headed the miniatures department.. Buzzitta was the first staff designer for S & D; he also headed the miniatures department.. Buzzitta, Giacomo (Jack).
1934 – 1967
18" h 9 | 9" w 7.5 | 2.25" d; 18" h
Current Location Status:
Gift Of In Memory Of Mr. And Mrs. Jack Buzzitta Mary Ann Dennis And Leonarda Meneghini
(1994 – 2013)Furniture City was one of the signature core exhibits installed at the Grand Rapids Public Museum's new Van Andel Museum Center when it opened in 1994. At approximately 10,000 square feet, the exhibit occupied a significant portion of the museum's second floor and contained hundreds of pieces of Grand Rapids Furniture. The exhibition was accompanied by the authoritative book on the subject, "Grand Rapids Furniture", by GRPM curator Christian Carron. The Furniture City exhibit told a comprehensive story of the Furniture Industry in Grand Rapids, from its origins in the years after the Civil War, up to the present day with office and fixed seating manufacturers like Steelcase and American Seating. The exhibition was significantly reduced in size in 2013 to make room for a new gallery, and was finally closed in 2019.
Giacomo "Jack" BuzzittaGiacomo "Jack" Buzzitta was born in Italy in 1910 and migrated to the United States as a small child. He attended in Davis Technical and Vocational High School in Grand Rapids and later studied art at Grand Rapids Junior College at what is now Kendall College. He then went to work at John Widdicomb Furniture Company, where he studied under Ralph Widdicomb. His work focus primarily on the D ornamental eyes Asian of furniture, highlighting the line instead.
Buzzitta went to work for Macy furniture company, where he works with office furniture for the for The first time. He then became a consultant to the metal office furniture company now Steelcase. They are who designed the first line of metal chairs the company made. In 1936 he married Anna Serna cola and joined Stout and Davis Furniture Company, where he worked until 1975. There he became, in 1973, the first full-time office furniture designer in the nation.
Throughout his career he won many awards, including: the Hardwoods Industry Exhibit Award for production in furniture design brackets (1955 and 1959); the National Industrial Design Council's Award (1960); and two awards in the Mahogany Award Competition (1963).Estate of Anna Buzzitta