Taula is a perforated multifunctional table, created by Spanish studio Adretcient. The bottom layer of the tabletop has holes for planters. And the top layer consists of removable panels, so you can control the planter-work surface ratio. You can also add various elements to the tabletop in order to adapt it to different situations. Taula is made of birch and can serve as a desk or a dining table.
Photography by Guifré de Peray
The Ledge laptop desk by Seattle based studio Urbancase, is a nice idea for a shoebox apartment, for it barely stands our from the wall. At the same time it provides a pullout workstation, desktop, and storage. The hidden cubby, accessible through a flush mounted pencil tray, allows cords to nest in a separate compartment while the slot toward the rear of the unit reduces cord clutter on the top surface. The piece is made from solid walnut.
The Inlandsis desk is collaborative effort of two French designers Mathilde Roman and Pauline Androlus. Inspired by glaciers (hence the name), the piece features the cluster of pegs of different height, which not only creates an interesting visual landscape, but also provides clever storage. You can use the pegs to hold various papers and files, display photographs, even hang things. Another interesting storage idea, implemented in this project, is the flexible textile pocket underneath the desktop. You can use it for books, tablets, even a laptop. I love how unobtrusive and intuitive this storage is. It conquers clutter without any aesthetic sacrifices.
This beautiful minimalist piece has been created by German designer Felix Stark. Weightless and neutral, the secretary desk can fit in any corner and blend with any style – a great idea for a small apartment. In spite of its size and transparent design, the desk provides ample storage. And thanks to the hidden compartment on the back, it reduces cable clutter as well.
The Nubo desk, created by Copenhagen-based design studio GamFratesi, has been inspired by vintage Air France luggage of the 60s. Space-saving and aesthetically pleasing, the piece is a perfect contender for a small apartment. It provides enough room for a laptop or occasional filing. In its open state, Nubo features a functional work surface equipped with a cable slit and a retaining bar for documents. When closed, it turns into a pin board.
No two workspaces are alike, because working process is such a unique experience. That’s why a customizable desk is always a good idea. This one, envisioned by San Francisco based designer Francois Dransart, features so many storage ideas at once, anyone can find a comfortable setting. Perfect for OCD sufferers like me. The piece integrates lighting, boxes, trays, felt pockets, even a headphone stand. And you can be very neato with your cables and cords, thanks to a clever hidden compartment. The desk is a concept so far, the I one really hope to see produced. Watch the video after the break for a more detailed view of the piece.
Podpad is a thin portable desk by Portland based designer Matt Raphael. Aside from being a space-saving gem, the piece is a great hub for all your tech. Podpad’s 4.5-inch profile belies its multiple functions. Its shadowbox highlights your iPhone or iPod dock and connects it to an integrated audio system. It offers laptop storage, space for mail and files, and a charging station for all your electronic gear. Wishlisted.
SIXtematic standing desk is a beautifully crafted space-saving piece, created by Hungarian brand Sixay. The piece is perfect for a small apartment, for it lets you to create a functional workspace in any unused corner. SIXtematic has ample storage, smart compartment for a power strip (to connect all your gizmos), it is ergonomic and compact. Sixay landed the Interior Innovation Award 2014 for this desk, which is not at all surprising.
Oxymoron Desk is an unusual workstation, created by Spanish designer Anna Lotova. Fitted with a cushy pocket, the desk combines an open desktop with an ample (though rather unexpected) storage solution. Designer elaborates: “Oxymoron is a workplace with a lot of attitude but in a sober manner where the details highlight the profile you want for the moment. It represents an interaction between two physically opposite materials, in which they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.” The piece shows a beautiful contrast between a traditional desk structure and fun and relaxed, almost garment-like, storage, allowing creativity and self-discipline coexist.
Since we are on the subject of transforming dining tables, consider this clever invention - stackable table trestles. Designed by Czech studio Master&Master, these compact metal objects are a true gem for every flat, studio or even a gallery. They are stable, yet lightweight and are available in two widths: 55 cm (recommended table top width 65 cm) and 70 cm (recommended table top width 80 cm). The table top is secured in place by plastic backplates, included in the packaging. Brilliant. Available for purchase from designers’ website.