We won’t see strict and performance “desk systems” (this year Salone Ufficio is not on show), but tables, where one can eat or work, or writing desks often quite compact and perfect for a professional practice, home office or all those new kinds of workplaces, even shared, that smart working is producing.
Through a skilful fine-tuning, they look young even when inspired to the shapes of the past. The designers give full play to their imagination mostly in the base. In case they opt for the “classic” four legs, the focus in on the refinement of the shape, the detail and junction with the top; or the structural base chooses different solutions, often thin and light.
The materials are also a forte, as far as characterization and technical virtuosity are concerned, wood, marble, metal, plastic, glass… creativity knows no bounds. And the desk can be now a collection object, like a work of art, when it’s signed by the start architect: the style of the show business is increasingly strong in the design community, too.
1,Skandiform (Kinnarps Group) Modulor, design by Claesson Koivisto Rune. Table in different sizes. The strength of the table is in the details. The extruded leg that meets the mouded joint that meets the extruded rail that meets the figure-milled edge the tabletop.
2, Thonet, S 1200, by Thonet Design Team/Randolf Schott. Small and fine desk, beautiful and functional, it helps to save space.
3, Fiam Italia, Scribe, design Daniel Libeskind. Desk composed of two 12 mm curved glass bases and a glass top 12 mm thick, transparent or with frosted insertion. At Salone del Mobile Libeskind will sign a special limited edition.
4, Bonaldo, Octa by Bartoli Design, a playful Mikado game-ispired delicate but sturdy wireframe structure.