This piece needed to be different from the antique English Georgian desk that a dealer had offered my client. The old piece was too dark and formal for the country weekend home office. We lightened it up a bit by using maple for the frames and veneered curly maple for the panels and top. We "cross-banded" the top with fiddleback maple to save fussiness and a few bucks too.
Modern office requirements are met by a pull out keyboard tray, a pull out printer tray in the right cabinet and heavy cast brass desk grommets by Mockett. The collaborative process of designing custom furniture like this gets the clients exactly what they want in a form that is far more satisfying than what they might have settled for.