The Gentleman's Workbench

The Gentleman's Workbench

Gregory Han
Mar 14, 2008

We're big time admirers of space efficient solutions from Japan (who does it better?). The Trunk Station AD was our favourite modern pick for compact work space solution, and now we've got an aspirational choice in a more traditional finish...

The Gentleman's Workbench designed by Hiroki Abe was inspired by the design of traditional Japanese kimono chests, kiri- tansu. This updated desk version opens up to reveal a leather-covered surface for writing/working, with the underside of the top lid covered in a metal plate for use with magnets, stainless steel cup receptacles for holding smaller items and a complimenting work bench that is described as "reminiscent of a gate leading to a shrine with clean, sharp lines". Equally beautiful, open or closed, the Gentleman's Workbench is hand crafted, and priced accordingly at ¥1.2 million, taking about 50 days to construct. That's about $12,000, so get saving.

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