A well designed and 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. Enjoy!
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. See more at GeorgeNakashimaWoodworker.com.
At our last Apartment Therapy Offline, I met Henry Grosman and Abby Richardson, two young designers who have created a uniquely attractive His and 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 speed rail 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. While they're not in the manufacturing business (yet), they wanted to get their design out there and said they'd be happy to help others make it. Check them out at AndersonArch.com and email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. See more at AtlasEast.com.
Posted originally from: AT:New York