Here is a clever way to put work at home on its proper place – a wall desk that closes when not in use. The piece, designed by Canada based designer Glenn Ross, offers a practical and space-saving approach to home office. Designed to be used when standing, it is perfect for underused spaces. You can mount it in the entryway or even in the kitchen as a mail sorting/writing/catch all item. Slots and drawers are sized to fit standard letter paper. The desk is made from bent birchply with a choice of five wood veneers.
This multifunctional desk that doubles as a compact bed has been created by Athanasia Leivaditou of Studio NL. Designer says that the piece was inspired by her “experiences while studying and working in New York.” Ha! In its desk form, the item looks like a rather traditional 6’5″ workspace. When unfolded into a bed – the front facade comes down to form the base and mattress. The right facade drops to create a headrest. Here is how Athanasia describes the project: “The main concept was to comment the fact that our lives are shrinking in order to fit into the confined space of our office. Eventually I realized that each civilization may have a very different perception of things depending on its social context. For example this desk could be used for a siesta or for a few hours of sleeping at night between deadlines.” This sleeping nook under the desk can also brighten the day of any busy professional working long hours. I sure can use one right now…
The Homework Desk by London-based designer Robin Grasby is a highly flexible work and storage station. The piece rests on a simple beech trestle and has options for felt storage slings, drawers, integrated wooden ruler, book support, monitor shelf, cutting mat, whiteboard, space for vertical filing and charging ports for your devices… An impressive range of specifications for a single item! Designer interviewed a number of desk users – designers, teachers, architects, illustrators – and concluded that no two workspaces are alike. Each user has a unique set of functional requirements. This modular piece comes as close to building your own desk as possible. Great idea beautifully executed.
This minimalist wall desk by Dario Antonioni is a clever multi-use object. With its full surface slide out tray and wire management slot, it is perfect as a laptop station, full desktop station or just a writing desk. And when the work is over, the piece can be easily adapted as a display shelf with extra storage – something everyone can find use for. The piece comes in walnut or rift oak. Available for purchase here.
Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Donald M. Rattner.
GRO furniture is a remarkable solution to a fact of life: very little about a child stays the same for long. As most parents can attest, that can make things pretty expensive pretty fast. GRO’s genius is to turn this reality to advantage by designing a piece of children’s furniture that will change as the child changes – and change back when it’s time to pass it on to the next generation or sibling. In between it can break down and be stored flat-packed for space saving.
Things start, naturally, with the crib. As the child grows the crib will convert to a toddler bed, then to a daybed, next to a play table, and finally to a desk – all using simple conversion kits. This makes GRO furniture a potentially multi-generational cradle-to-college design solution.
GRO was designed by two architects, a fact reflected in its quality of construction and easy, hardware- and fastener-free assembly. Made in the USA.
HIDEsk by Michael Hilgers of studio Noroom is an inspiring way to deal with space limitations. The foldable piece allows you to create a work area anywhere instantly. This pop-up office can change a bedroom or a hallway within seconds into a small but functional working space. The powder-coated metal back hides cables and chargers and can be individualised with flexible aluminium shelves. The frame and flap are made from durable birch plywood with white film coating. In its folded state HIDesk takes as little room as a folding chair and can be stored easily. The product will be officially premiered at the IMM Cologne in January.
November Desk is a beautiful little piece created by Danish designer Louise Campbell for Nikari brand, as part of their 2012 Designs for Nature collection. The desk is made of solid maple and treated with a natural oil mixture. I love the clean and minimalist look of the piece. The asymmetrical outer shelf provides additional paper and book storage while the wide drawer can hold all your writing paraphernalia. I’m also quite moved by the poetic description submitted by designer herself: “November: my cold, dark, wet and windy enemy. How to find something good in you? I think of gentle light, maybe just a candle, a soft chair, this little desk, its drawer full of pens, its shelf full of paper, and I can almost welcome you.”
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.