The Element 01 study table was first created as a bespoke piece of furniture for a private residence. It is designed around the principles of concentration and collaboration: the body of the desk is supported by a solid tool box, placing everything within easy reach for individual study, while the curved end supports group working.

The table cantilevers from a solid base, formed by a sliding toolbox containing carved timber trays and storage. Utilising a sliding mechanism originally developed for jewellery shop displays, the trays appear to float when extended. Above the tool box, the surface of the desk can be retracted to reveal a power source. The table tapers towards the edges to appear slim in profile, while ensuring strength and stability. A single leg extends like a column to provide support with minimal visual impact, and allows a group of people to sit comfortably around the end of the table. While the initial prototype is produced in white powder coated aluminium with a white glass top, the table can be specified in a range of materials to suit both a domestic and office setting, including ceramic, glass, aluminium and wood.

The Element 02 desk was conceived to support discussion and group working, reflecting the dynamic, fluid nature of today’s workplace. The circular table comprises two discs – a central pillar containing a power supply and a perimeter ring, which can be elevated to support both standing and seated meetings. Controlled by a lever and smooth internal mechanism, it can rise from 56 centimetres to a little over 1.2 metres. Contrasting with the white study table, the prototype has been manufactured in black powder coated aluminium, finished with black glass and supported by a ring of stainless steel at the base. 

Facts + Figures

  • Appointment: 2014
  • Client: Unifor