One of my favorite booths at Masterpiece London was presented by London-based gallery Bain/Southern, which typically deals with contemporary fine arts, but represents one designer, Jeroen Verhoeven whose work was the focus of its showcase. A tradition established by the gallery, that only one piece, a masterpiece, to coincide with the title of the fair. This time it was the Lectori Salutem Desk, designed by Jeroen Verhoeven and first produced by the gallery in 2010. The 15th in an edition of 20 was the piece presented here (tag price of the first 15 is 200,000 pounds). The complexity and identity of this stunning piece of furniture lies on the marriage of design and engineering, and the material, highly-polished stainless steel only emphasize this quality. On the one side, the desk is sleeky and flowing, but on its other side, reveals the construction within. Only highly skilled craftsman is able to create this object which, like much of the collectible design of today, stands on the line between craftsmanship and complex industrial processes. The design emerged from Verhoeven’s more known and earlier Cinderella Table, which he created in 2004 in plywood and marble.