I inherited a McGuire desk from my ex’s family, which probably cost a couple thousand dollars when it was new in the 1960s and may well still be worth that today.
As you can see, it is humongous – 72″ x 40″ – and heavy (oak). It’s appropriate for a beefy executive, but I am not one of those. Moving it even an inch to unplug the phone from the wall behind it takes a team of horses. I have no team of horses.
McGuire isn’t making desks like this any more. They’ve gone dainty… in fact below is the only desk they make that isn’t just a delicate library table with a couple of drawers:
The trend is to desks that are truly minimalist and modular, so you can set them up or move them easily and add file drawers or other accoutrements below:
This sort of desk is much more suited to what will become my new light-on-my-feet lifestyle. Though I confess I’ll miss the capacious surface of my current desk… you have no idea how many paper piles I had to file to get down to bare wood for the picture above. (True confession… the McGuire sits behind me like a work table. I work on my computer at another desk almost as big.)
I’m hoping some beefy executive who sees my listing on eBay (once I get it up) will be thrilled to pay top dollar for it. McGuires ARE collectors items, if you like that sort of thing.