Conde Nast chairman Jonathan Newhouse reportedly spent up to £100,000 shifting a custom-made desk across the capital in the media giant’s office move.
The chief executive of the brand – which includes Vogue and GQ among its titles – is said to have closed a West End road in London for two days during the move from Mayfair to a grade II-listed building close to The Strand.
An insider claimed the desk was made by Zaha Hadid, a designer whose creations can cost more than £270,000, at a time when Conde Nast has been cutting costs.
Newhouse was said to have paid up to £100,000 to move his desk. It comes after rumours Anna Wintour (pictured with Newhouse) would be quitting Vogue
It comes weeks after the firm had to deal with rumours of legendary Vogue editor Anna Wintour ditching the fashion magazine amid a wave of redundancies.
The desk move required a window to be removed from the firm’s former site and a crane was used to lift the table out, according to Private Eye.
According to a source at Vogue, moving the item alone cost between £80,000 and £100,000 – which the satirical magazine says is enough to pay the salaries of four Conde Nast staff.
A spokeswoman told the MailOnline that the desk was actually custom made by Jan Kaplicky of Future Systems.
Mr Newhouse, who has been criticised for his handling of the company’s downsizing, wrote on a philosophy website about his ‘virtuous’ life.
The publisher is currently moving from Vogue House in Mayfair (pictured) to a new base off The Strand in central London
An insider told Private Eye the desk was crafted by Zaha Hadid (pictured, one of the designer’s creations)
Claiming to be inspired by the Stoics of Ancient Greece – who advocated resilience in the face of emotional turmoil – he told Philosophy for Life there wasn’t enough virtue in the world.
The desk was custom made by Jan Kaplicky, pictured, of Future Systems
‘Today, the word ‘virtue’ is almost never heard, except ironically,’ he said.
‘If you asked 100 people what their goal was in life, hardly any would say leading a virtuous life.’
He urged people to ‘follow the path governed by reason and virtue’.
Conde Nast denies that any roads were closed and that moving the desk cost between £80,000 and £100,000.
Kaplicky – who was born in Czechoslovakia and died in 2009 – founded London Future Systems in 1979.
The firm’s major projects include the Natwest Media Centre at Lords Cricket Ground, the Visitor’s Centre at Stone Henge and the Selfridges building in Birmingham.
Kaplicky’s other creations include the Selfridges bulding in Birmingham (pictured) as well as the Natwest Media Centre at Lords Cricket Ground