Best of Three: Wood Home Desks

Best of Three: Wood Home Desks

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Maxwell Ryan
Mar 23, 2010

A well designed and well made wood desk is a pleasure to work at and fits nicely into a home — which wants more warmth and softness than an office environment. It is also something that will age well and grow old with you, never needing replacement. Here are three that I've stumbled upon over the past month that are unique and beautiful, with real design design DNA behind them.

Over the weekend, at the Arch Digest show, I saw a beautiful small maple desk by George Nakashima, which is simple and luxurious at the same time, The Patterson Desk. This is part of the company's new Shoki line, which features six recently discovered designs from the 1940's, early on in Nakashima's career. They don't know if any of these designs were built or sold, and they've been slightly modified to contemporary specifications. This desk was my favorite. >> GeorgeNakashimaWoodworker.com

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At our last Apartment Therapy Offline, I met Henry Grosman and Abby Richardson, two young designers who have created a uniquely attractive his & her desk from green materials called the ADV 2.0.

"It is made from an environmentally friendly wood that is a composite of sunflower seed husks called dakota burl. The wood was cut with a cnc router machine and the legs are 1" piping with speedrail joints. The surface of the desk looks like burled wood and smells like Cheerios. ADV is designed to be modular and recyclable.

They showed it to me on paper, and I told them I'd love to blog it and send them some fans. ADV 2.0 is not mass-produced, and they are making it to measure. Check them out. >> info@advdesignbureau.com and
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And finally, a few months ago, Joseph Fratesi of Atlas East released a stunning new desk that matches their as4 shelving system. Made, like the shelving, of solid walnut and cold-rolled steel bar, the desk is free standing and minimally framed, so that you can move freely in and out of the desk. >> AtlasEast.com

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