I didn't make it across from LA to NYC this year for ICFF (here's our coverage from the show floor), but that doesn't mean I wasn't keeping an eye out for all the home furnishing developments on the horizon, especially those designs incorporating technology into unique form factors like this collaboration between designer François Chambord and computer manufacturer, Lenovo...
UM Project's François Chambord describes his hybrid desk in context to that of the multi-experience of an automobile:
The AT-UM can be used in all types of work and creative spaces and at home too, in a home office or in the bedroom. But in many ways the AT-UM is not defined by the space around it, but defines that space it inhabits. It can provide a very personal space if used as a traditional PC, or it can provide an amazing interactive and collective experience if used as a flat and interactive tablet for multiple people. In some ways the type of space and experience that the AT-UM provides is not so much different that of a car. Driving very early in the morning to work is all about a focused and personal experience. Driving to vacation with the kids is all about fun and play. Driving back from a baseball game with friends or piling into the car for dinner is all about entertainment and interaction. All of that with the same car!
What's yet to be seen is whether they'll be more collaborations between computer manufacturers and furniture designers like this one, resulting in the incorporation of custom fit slots, recessed areas, storage drawers, and cable management designed specifically for desktop and laptop models like the AT-UM. I certainly hope so!
More about the UM Project x Lenovo AT-UM over at the Lenovo Blog.