Some pieces of furniture simply bear more responsibility than others. Depending on the space, certain pieces are tasked to tell the story of a room. In the case of a work space, whether a home office or a corporate office, that piece of furniture is most often the desk.
In the past several years, the role of desks has gone from purely functional, to mostly decorative, to environmentally conscious, to ergonomic.
It seems a good time to review the state of the desk, with designs that are new and improved, as well as some that defy the test of time.
At the LinkedIn Australia offices, the social media network uses the desk-as-metaphor approach. They reinforce their brand as professional connectors by connecting all their office spaces with one very long desk.
The Lean Desk, by Joni Steiner and Nick Ierodiaconou, is the first open source desk design. This desk is a customized, multi-person work station and the company uses a digitized fabrication and distributed manufacturing model. You pick the maker, pay online and receive the desk directly from your local furniture maker.
The Luna desk by Uffix, below, is an executive desk in a modern Italian design. It is also available in blue.
A blog post about desks wouldn’t be worth its salt if it didn’t include a height-adjustable, standing desk. Most variable-height desks typically employ one of three lift methods: electronic, gas, or crank. The VariDesk, below is unique because it uses a patented, spring-assisted lift mechanism.
The Alpina series by the Buenos Aires-based design studio, RIES is pure minimalist design. Consisting of only a few pieces, the series was designed to work with the negative space of its environment via lines and angles.
Last, but by no means least, is the iconic Max Ingrand Desk. French designer and artist Max Ingrand is believed to have designed this desk in 1966. The design consists of a single, continuous form that wraps into a one-piece workstation.