Organic-Modified Desk

Material Design

This desk is a subtle, controlled take on the popular “organic modernist” style. The wenge frame is skeletal, evoking blackened steel. The surface is shaped from a slab of South American goncalo alves, a subtle crack repaired with bowtie keys, polished until it shimmers. Hand-cut joinery locks the base together. A drawer hangs without frame or hardware, and a spring-loaded wooden drawer stop gives way to reveal a hidden compartment. The effect is a piece that owes as much to the Eames and George Nelson as to the Nakashima-inspired looks of today.

Concept, Design, Labor: Alex Magnin
Materials: Righteous Hardwoods