The Plan Desk by London based designer James Tattersall was inspired by a traditional architect workspace with plan drawers (hence the name). It provides rather generous storage for an item of this size, yet stays streamlined and elegant. The large top drawer is capable of storing A1 prints, architectural plans or your laptop computer and files. And the two drawers underneath it can take care of the usual wor-related clutter. “The desk sits on simple trestles allowing easier transportation and the option of replacement to customise the look or height of your table,” – designer explains. The piece is made to order and comes in two colors – white and turquoise. (more…)
Whenever I see a good hybrid of a desk and a dining table – I always feel grateful. Work and entertaining are the two activities that are especially tricky to combine. and the Piano table, created by Bernotat & Co Design Studio for German brand Magazin, pulls it off very well. The table has two surfaces – the lower one is for work and storage of the work-related clutter, the upper surface is for dining. The transition between the two modes is seamless, just close the piano-like lid (hence the name) – and you’re done with work and ready for a party. The storage compartments with holes for media cords and cables are an especially nice touch.
This elegant and rather witty table has been created by Reykjavík-based designer Theodóra Alfreðsdóttir. The surface of the piece is divided in two parts by a cork partition – the work area and an eating nook. On the days of big dinner parties, the partition is being removed and the proper dinner table is being set. “The inspiration for Flétta comes from medieval banquets around the 1500s, – says the designer. – At the time, halls were multifunctional and dining tables were raised upon trestles so that they could easily be put away after the feasts and the halls put to other uses. Nowadays tables are often used for more than just to sit down and eat at. Flétta can be divided in two with its middle, which is made of cork, thus creating a working space on one side and a space for enjoying dinner at the other side without having the day’s work in sight. ” The cork divider can be unfolded and used an as insert expending the tabletop even further. Beautiful idea.
Hidden is a small desk, designed by Swedish studio A2. Created specifically for laptop computers, the piece, as the name suggests, hides both a function and an object. Simply slide the cover to the side to expose the laptop work area, and back again to hide it – brilliant. In the off-duty hours, Hidden can function as a console or a sofa table. The piece is made of painted wood and MDF. It suits laptops up to 15 inches.
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I am really impressed with this Foldable Desk from Lensvelt. The piece is a collaborative effort of two big industrial designers – Paolo Rizzatto and Franciso Gomez Paz. Created to accomodate nomad approach to the modern office, this item actually falls perfectly into the shopping list of a shoebox dweller. A sleek, minimal and easily adaptable piece, it can be used as a desk or a dining table (or both), and folded flat when an extra space is needed. And another great thing about office furniture, released into civilian life, – it usually lasts very well, for it is designed with the greater margin for abuse.
This is just delightful. The Lovebird tables by Japanese designer Yuki Matsumoto can be leant against each other to create one. Ideal for small apartments, this arrangement gives you a dining table when you need it and two small desks (or consoles) when you don’t. The most innovative feature in this design is the link between the parts. It is achieved via drawers that come out and turn 90 degrees to form a bridge between two halves. How neat is that? I also love the clean and minimal look of the pieces. The drawers come in a veriety of subtle colors that can be easily mixed and alternated.
I thoroughly enjoyed browsing the Spinelli convertible beds and desks. Pulled out easily, sometimes with a remote, they transform the place into a new functional area in seconds. Many score points for tiny spaces!..
Here is another clever work/dining table hybrid. Created by Mathias Hahn for Danish brand Arco, the piece is an attempt to combine work and play on the same surface. The deed is possible thanks to a sizable sliding storage compartment that allows to put away all work-related paraphernalia during dinner time. Here is how the designer describes the concept: “The frame underneath the table top is rather slim, so there is less restriction from a thick top section that comprises a drawer unit or similar. This allowes the desk to be used more flexible when it comes to different living and work situations, however still offering the functionality of storrage within the desk.”
There are many tricks designers use to incorporate a full dining experience into a confined urban setting. They often make a table really compact or foldable. Designer Lisa Tischer went on a completely different quest. Her Living Table is a generously sized piece. The secret is in its adaptability to many different activities and roles. Here is how she describes it: “I see the Living Table as a platform, meeting place and workstation. It is the centre of a home and lives from being in use. It is a reluctant and unobtrusive piece of furniture but though something special and unique with many ingenious details. The Living Table is much more than just a simple dining table; it can be a workstation and a home office at the same time.” The table is equipped with a light (perfect for work or as an ambient illumination at the dinner table), several outlets for your devices or cooking electrics, and a generous number of drawers, big enough for your work papers or dining paraphernalia. Thus, by shifting the line between work, cooking and entertaining, the table can be used for all three, the heart of a home, indeed.
This desk by German designer Gregor Korolewicz, called Klippen Klappen, tiny in its folded state, can be unraveled to reveal a hidden storage capacity. The clever mechanism of the piece (one can compare with a sewing box) allows the parts slide both forward and backward, exposing three compartments: a tray for laptop, a shallow storage container and a box for writing paraphernalia. The lid can be used as a bulletin board and display notes and pictures. Every essential and beyond… The piece even plugs into the wall and offers two outlets for workplace devices.