Some pieces of furniture simply bear more responsibility in a room than others. Depending on the space, it is left to certain key pieces 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, the role of desks has gone from purely functional, to mostly decorative, to environmentally conscious, to ergonomic. Quite a journey.
It seems a good time to review the state of the desk, with some designs that are new and improved, as well as others that defy the test of time.
At the LinkedIn Australia offices, the social media network was inspired by the desk-as-metaphor approach. They reinforce their brand as professional connectors by connecting all their office spaces with one very long, continuous 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. The consumer picks the furniture maker, pays online and receives the desk directly from their local furniture maker.
The Luna desk by Uffix, below, is an executive desk in a modern Italian design. As it’s name implies, the shape was inspired by the crescent moon and its general style, something that would look right at home in the captain’s quarters of an interstellar space craft. It is also available in blue.
A blog post about desks wouldn’t be worth its salt if it didn’t include the much touted, height-adjustable, standing desk. Most variable-height desks typically employ one of three lift methods: electronic, gas, or crank. The concept for the VariDesk, below is unique because it uses a patented, spring-assisted lift mechanism.
The inspiration for 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. The 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. It has since inspired many other similar designs.
There you have it — the desk presses on as the Clydesdale of the office space. All is well with the world.