This week’s designer furniture selection focuses on desks and features some stunning workspaces from a variety of different price ranges. The humble desk was once a pivotal furniture piece in any home but as our habits have evolved from writing, to typewriters, to desktop computers, to laptops and most recently to mobile tablet computers, their practical use has perhaps waned somewhat. Nevertheless desks certainly still do serve as an organised hub for all our work-based activities and this list of our 5 favourite shows some unique, artistic and practical design flairs. Next week’s top 5 furniture list will have a geometric theme so follow Homeli to keep up to date.
Ply Like Lajkó Desk by Process
A modern tribute to the already modernist S 285 / 1 desk by Marcel Breuer, the Ply Like Lajkó desk has replaced the used of tubular steel as was featured in much of Breur’s furniture with layers of plywood cut out to create a desk with a similar form. Designed by Czech group Process, this desk features a set of 3 drawers to the right and a layer of safety glass to create the work surface. The repetition of the layered plywood segments gives this desk a lot of structural rigidity and creates a completely different perception when you view this desk straight on and from the side.
Designed by: Process
Stroller Desk by Steuart Padwick
One of our favourite pieces by UK furniture designer Steuart Padwick, the Stroller desk is a well proportioned piece of furniture which has plenty of desk space as well as two drawers and a fold up central compartment for added storage. It fits perfectly into his Boundary collection which features square edges as opposed to his other collection featured on Made.com, the Fonteyn collection, which makes use of softer, rounded corners. The stroller desk’s legs are solid oak while the panels are made up of engineered wood with thick veneers of walnut and oak. There are also other colour options available with a choice mint green or white replacing the walnut.
Designed by: Steuart Padwick
Sold by: Made.com
Swag Leg Desk by George Nelson
Probably the most iconic designer desk of all time, this refined yet playful piece was originally designed as a writing and drawing desk. The lack of depth the working space of the desk offers due to the rear shelf and compartments made it incompatible with bulky desktop computers but it has experienced a recent resurgence thanks to the transition to laptops, tablet and mobile devices as the rear compartments fit these perfectly. Herman Miller’s modern version also now has a cable management hole for the modern age. Nelson allegedly started with the legs when designing this desk and the term Swag refers to the swaging process used to produce these legs and is far detached from any modern terminological uses!
Designed by: George Nelson
Sold by: Interior Addict
Bestå Burs Desk from Ikea
Another of Ikea’s higher end pieces of furniture, this elongated desk features a strong, glossy coating similar to the surfaces now being offered on their premium Malm drawer units. The choice of materials used in this desk puts it a step above other pieces of flat pack furniture and it also has a pretty serious metal frame throughout giving it very sturdy legs. As mentioned, this is a long desk and at 180cm in length, could comfortably seat 3 people. However it is also comparatively narrow with a depth of just 40cm so is only really suited for laptops and A4 paper. This narrow property has an upside though as it makes it perfectly suited as a hallway console table. Two expansive draws are also housed within this desk that are perfect for storing papers as they are shallow but very wide.
Sold by: Ikea
Victor Desk by Roberto Lazzeroni
A very high end desk by Italian designer Roberto Lazzeroni, the Victor desk has an undefinable sense elegance and practicality. The upper desk section is supported by a dark wood structure made of oak with a choice of two dark stains, tobacco or carbone. This fairly thin frame has a mid-century danish design quality to it and would go well with many chairs from this period. The upper desk section has three draws with mechanisms fitted for push-click opening and soft-closing. There are a multitude of colour options for this desk, 48 in total, with a choice of a matt or glossy lacquer.
Designed by: Roberto Lazzeroni
Sold by: The Conran Shop
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