Aptly named Forming the Border, this desk by Juhui Cho lets you make a clear distinction between work and home life. Which is a big thing for those of us who plots their world domination plans in a tiny apartment. Made from wood covered with PVC, the desk disguises itself as a neutral looking cabinet when closed. When open, it reveals a secluded personalized workstation, complete with a shelf and a place to hang a lighting fixture. The semi-transparent PVC panels allow light to pass through and turn the desk/cabinet into an ambient light object. One small concern – the lighting bulb could be distracting, hanging so close to the desktop. I’d prefer a built-in diffused illumination. Love the piece otherwise.
I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to believe that this product has been designed in distant 1948. Danish designer Poul Cadovius created the Royal System for the furniture brand dk3. Modular and lightweight, this storage line assembles easily and creates a vast number of options. You can build bookshelves, media storage, workstations, kitchen storage, you name it. The elements are attached to rails in two sizes, to suit whatever configuration you may require. Available in oak or walnut veneer on MDF, or in solid HPL. Sold here.
Instead of hiding your workstation, as many of us do in small apartments, Spanish designer Valentin Garal suggests to make an artful display of it. The Stilleven desk he created for Mexican brand Peca is a small leaning item, able to fit even the tightest quarters. The built-in board above the desktop can be used for notes and references as well as collectibles, art or any objects of significance you wish to look at while you work. Designer explains: “Stilleven takes the private realm into the public one; its wool display can highlight that which we treasure under the clear protection of a glass covering, while a small desk made out of walnut allows us to take a break from our day-to-day in order to catalogue the contents of the mind; the reflections on the mirror are a reminder of our surroundings.”
The Worknest system by Polish designer Wiktoria Lenart is a real beauty. The sleek wooden desk has groves that allow to easily attach additional elements – shelves, boards, even flower pots. You can accessorize the piece as much or as little as you wish and make it fit your individual working style. In addition to the desk, the system includes a divider, compatible with the same accessories, used for the desk. This duo could be a great solution for a studio or any open floor plan apartment, for it creates a secluded and self-sufficient workspace on the spot.
The Table for Two idea by Daniel Liss is so simple and ingenious, it gives you the ultimate “why haven’t I thought of it” moment. The piece is a desk for two by day and a dining table for six by night. In a cramped urban setting where kitchen, dining room, living room and home office are usually the same room – an item like this is an instant hit. “The users can benefit from the large surface area when the table’s lids are folded down, while allowing for two individual working spaces when folded up into a divider and slid together,” – Daniel explains. Aside from its multifunctional goodness, Table for Two features ample storage, enough for a power source and all your working paraphernalia. Watch the demo video after the break to see the piece in action.
7wonders modular table by Swedish designer Amanda Karsberg is a set of six differently sized tables that can be put into various configurations. Thanks to the shape of these pieces, they fit together intuitively and can be easily rearranged when needed. You can disperse them around and use them as occasional tables and consoles, put them together to create a large desk or a dining table, create a combination of a small desk, a display and a console and more. The variations are multiple. Beautiful idea.
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The Desk Pad by Eric Degenhardt is a minimalist and space-saving alternative to a traditional home office arrangement. The piece is wall-mounted, which means – no precious floor real estate have been wasted. Perfect for those of us living in tight quarters! I also love the combination of thin powder coated steel and leather. The Desk Pad contains storage compartments for you files, papers and writing tools. Though compact and streamlined, it has enough space for a power strip, a necessity of our time.
The Litho desk has been created by French designer Thibault Desombre for the furniture brand Ligne Roset. The piece features a natural oak veneer top with drawer on the left-hand side, plus a satin-lacquered desk top at an angle on the right-hand side. “Litho is a poetic approach to the workspace,” – designer note. But in addition to the inspired look, it is also quite practical. The clever asymmetrical shape of the desktop creates more space while remaining compact. The desk comes in white, mustard, caramel or deep khaki.
In a tiny space having a full size bed and a full size desk is a rare combination. Unless some clever thinking is involved. Hers is an interesting idea from Baltimore based designer Graham Phakos – Urban Desk. The spacious desk is hidden underneath a double bed. As the bed pivots to lean against the wall, the desk is lifted to the appropriate height. The arrangement also makes room for extra storage – always a welcome addition to any urban dwelling. The piece is only a concept at this point. I really hope it finds its way to production.