Cologne based design studio Kaschkasch created a slim wallmounted, foldable desk named Fju. Folded down you have a small workspace with a smooth writing surface. When you are done you just place your belongings in the storage pockets under the desk and fold up. Now the storage pockets are revealed and the desk has transformed into a shelf. Within seconds you create some extra space when needed. Fju consists of two main components: a steel bracket, mounted to the wall, and the wooden body made of 8mm thick veneered oak plywood. Fju comes naturally finished or dyed with charcoal. Like Fju the products of design studio Kaschkasch, founded Florian Kallus and Sebastian Schneider, are characterized by precise lines and geometric shapes.
Mamba, by Bulgarian designer Victor Vasilev for MDF Italia is more than a shelf. It’s a perfect combination of shape, function and material, a unique mix of a shelf, a console and a desk with a LED light source which creates a new kind of furnishing. Mamba is a new concept of furniture comprised of Cristaplant, that fits into a modern domestic space with a unique image, sensual to the eye and to the touch that seems to materialize from the wall and then vanishes. In 2013, two years after the launch of Mamba, Mamba Light was created. A sober hanging desk or a decorative shelf that lends itself to different uses and home environments — from the living room to the studio. Mamba Light is a shelf-desk cabinet made of medium-density wood fiberboard, with variable thickness, curved mold, matt white, green, orange, blue, sand, ivory, yellow and gray coated finish. The basic shape gives the product a unique design and identity of a strong iconic character.
Desk Pad by the German designer Eric Degenhardt is a wall mounted secretaire with extractable leather pad and storage. Degenhardt tends towards formal lightness – letting the pieces hover, with sleek shapes and clean details and a minimum of different materials. There is a large multi-functional storage space hidden underneath the desktop. A traditional book rest and pen holder are situated on the side and backside. The Desk Pad is available for left of right sided walls, depending on your needs to keep disturbances away and remain focused on your work. Desk Pad is offered in two colours: brick stone and grey-olive. Calm, warm colours that make this furniture piece really stand out without claiming all attention.
Hold On is a modular desk and shelving system developed by the great Belgian designer Xavier Lust for the Dutch furniture company Gispen. Its elements are fixed on the wall with vertical supports that rest on the ground, producing a fantastic feeling of simplicity and lightness because of the reduction of the structure to the essential elements. Hold On is made in lacquered steel modules that create working surfaces, console tables or shelves, according to their dimensions, allowing multiple combinations and configurations to be use in private, professional or commercial spaces.
You know the situation that your desk is covered with piles of documents? For some piles can be an effective work method to keep track of their projects. But as piles grow deeper and taller they stop being useful. Industrial designer Leon Ransmeier created a minimalist desk of lacquered aluminum and steel that gives shape and structure to the habit of stacking. The Folia desk has storage surfaces that slide out like drawers but have open sides like shelves. These stacking trays are attached to runners along just one edge, providing more visibility and easier access than a full-fledged drawer. The contents of the desk remain in sight to a certain extent and so are never really ‘gone.’ The horizontal format is retained, preserving any inherent chronology, but the piles are suspended below the work surface, freeing up desk space – Ransmeier explains.
In 2008 Shay Alkalay of Raw-Edges designed the Pivot cabinet. The drawers of the wooden cabinet are hinged together, which means they can both be opened at the same time. A feature of which conventional drawers do not have. Since, Alkalay has created two new additions to the Pivot line for one of Europe’s leading table manufacturers, Arco: the Pivot Desk and Vanity. The Pivot Desk lowers the Pivot unit and adds a desktop. A functional workstation, great for small spaces or living rooms. The Pivot Vanity is the same concept as the desk but the top has a recessed edge and a mirror can be added.
The Plus desk has been created by London based design studio Goodwin + Goodwin. Minimal, elegant and lightweight, the piece requires no fixings or fittings. It simply slots together. The legs create four pluses when interlock (hence the name). The studio’s background in graphic design and iPhone application design is noticeable in this piece. Made out of one solid, anodized piece of aluminium, the desk will be a perfect compliment to a Mac laptop. The Plus desk comes in your choice of five customized colors.
The DeskBox is an elegant little worktable, created by Israel-born UK-based designers Yael Mer & Shay Alkalay of Raw Edges studio for the furniture brand Arco, It its “box” mode, the item is barely extended from the wall. But as you pull the cover down – it turns into a nicely sized workstation. Designers explain: The Deskbox is a practical small table/cabinet that is hung onto a wall and it is ideal for settings where there is little space available for furniture. It is an elegant small work place, which is excellent for working on a laptop for instance, and it can be retracted to form a closed box, half the size of the table top. I like how seamless and fluid this design is. An opening on the back for cables and cords and a small storage compartment complete the piece.
Looking for a nice minimalist desk? Switzerland based furniture manufacturer Colin SA created a plain desk, named T-723-X1, which is easy to move and simple to assemble. No tools or screws are needed to assemble the desk of FSC certified multiplex plywood. The T-723-X1 is available in a raw version, natural planed and grinded plywood, and a lino version, desktops covered with black linoleum. There is also a brother: the T-723-X3. The cross-beams of this version go through the table top and are visible on the desk top, whereas with the T-723-X1 they end right under the table top.
Osko+Deichmann, the product design studio founded by Blasius Osko and Oliver Deichmann, created a minimalist family of tubular steel furniture named “KINK”. While normally tubing used in furniture is bent the Berlin design duo rather functionally folded, dented and kinked the tubes in their furniture pieces. The traces that come with the steel process are now integral to the furniture’s design. The family consists of a table, chair, writing table, cantilever chair, sideboard, shelf, coffee table and floor lamp made exclusively of tubular steel, pine wood and clamps.
Reinier de Jong recently presented another refined furniture piece: the DEX desk. The Rotterdam (The Netherlands) based designer created a minimalist and compact desk suitable for small spaces. The desk is made of two horizontal cross shapes laths of solid wood in which a drawer unit is placed. The desk is available with two or three drawers. They can easily be pulled out to provide a place for a printer which can be control from the desk seat. I like the subtle color accents of the drawers!
This is Oak, the result of an extracurricular, collaborative student workshop at Lund University School of Industrial Design, Sweden. The goal: to explore archetypes and stereotypes in the world of furniture. The group developed a range of independent pieces, but which are actually impressively coherent. Of course it helps that they’re all made from the same single material, American oak. One of the participaring students, Karl Jönsson, describes how all pieces were stripped down to their origins. From those elements, together with a hint of humor, new pieces have been created, while considering form, usage and interaction with their surroundings. The icing on their cake: Oak was exhibited during the Milan fair 2011.