New looks for the home office: Which desk is your cup of tea?


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With the Milan furniture fair behind me, it’s almost time to start thinking about real work again. Sigh. As a bit of a mental preparation, the Milan show included some interesting desk designs, many departing from the angular, glass and powder-coated metal models filling so many modern decor stores. The pieces premiering in Milan introduced shapely curves and organic materials for decidedly softer, warmer looks.

The Italian firm Ceccotti Collezioni introduced Omaggio, above, whose stack of four drawer boxes pivot, so they can be accessed from different angles. An open storage cubby lies on the left side. The wooden top rail angles away from the work surface, heightening the effect of a floating glass top; an aerial view photo is at the end of this post.


Need to block out distractions? Ligne Roset premiered the Rewrite desk, above, which enshrouds you in a soft, cloud-white dome of privacy.

Arco took its design for pivoting drawers and added a work surface to create the new Pivot desk, above, a space-saver with nesting storage compartments that pull down for access. The photo here shows the desk in lighter shades, but at the Milan show, Pivot looked better in walnut.

At an exhibition at the Triennale, Milan’s design museum, the press check-in desk for Ceramic Tiles of Italy was a rainbow of teacups set under an acrylic work surface, above.

Ceccotti Collezioni’s Omaggio desk from another angle, above.

-- Craig Nakano

Photo credits, from top: Ceccotti Collezioni; Ligne Roset; Arco; Craig Nakano / For The Times; Ceccotti Collezioni



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