Enchord table by Industrial Facility

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Enchord is a two-tier work table by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of Industrial Facility for Herman Miller's Lifework collection.

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The table has a secondary surface underneath the table top to accommodate equipment associated with working at home such as laptops, papers and cables.

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The lower surface is longer than the upper one and can be extended at either end by sliding it along.

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An exhibition of recent and current projects by Industrial Facility is on show at the Design Museum in London until 7 September 2008.

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The following information is from Herman Miller:

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Enchord Table and Storage
Part of the Lifework set of products, May 2008.

Designed by Sam Hecht & Kim Colin/Industrial Facility for Herman Miller Inc

Available in the combinations of white oak and polyester coated surfaces. Frame is made of a combination of die-cast aluminium, with steel beam.

The Enchord table for Herman Miller is designed to combine the needs of home life with work. The table has two tabletops - primary and secondary surfaces, one beneath the other. The gap between them is used to store laptops, papers, other equipment and also a mass of cords and cabling. The lower surface helps keep the top surface clutter free, supporting peripherals and extending beyond the top surface by 12 inches on either side, forming a side or centered table. This simple yet seemingly obvious solution allows the table to be used for a range of tasks. It also mixes up the materials of the home and office, combining oak with steel and die-cast aluminium.

This table is provided at an affordable cost, a low complexity, and with a clean and relevant form that is open for many uses. The concept of the design being left a little unfinished or incomplete sometimes allows it to be used beyond the function it was originally intended for. In fact, this flexibility of use is something we admire from the historic Herman Miller furniture we have become accustomed to. If we are true to the way we live, who would buy a table for the home, soley for work? The truth is that we constantly mix and mould our life. The Enchord table acknowledges this condition."

Included as part of the Herman Miller Lifework portfolio, the secondary surface is available in either a pesto green or white polyester finish, with the primary surface available in either a white laminate or white oak.

A Multifunctional Mobile Cabinet is also part of the collection. It houses small supplies in the front drawer; binders and books in a front open compartment; letter-size hanging folders in a removable oak bin accessible from both sides; and small supplies and equipment on the top surface within a recessed tray. This top tray has a cut-out for routing cords. The cabinet involves a paired-down componentry - no draw slides are used.

The secondary tabletop can be moved to have the following options:

  • A 10" overhang on the left or right side of the table (for filing trays, photo printers etc.)
  • An 11.5" overhang on the left or right side of the table (for a printer or a scanner etc.)
  • A 5" overhang on either side.

Available in the US from August 2008.

Available in Europe from Autumn 2008

  • K. Rimane

    Brilliant!

  • bioz segundo

    sorry but this dosent work , try having that table 2 times longer at least, you cant right , so why have a table that can only have an extention of teh same size on one side

  • Zenza

    Alright!

  • zuy

    No, brilliant is too much… it’s simple and clever …
    see the exhibition in London
    http://www.designmuseum.org/exhibitions /2008/industrialfacility

  • CPCP

    A 5″ overhang on either side when central?

    whats the point?
    why not just have it sit flush rather than protrude out?
    also – why not 30″ fully extended out? 11″ isnt much – its less than an A4 page!
    why not utilise more of the material on that lower table??
    seems a lot of it is going to waste.

  • CPCP

    it is nice to look at though!!

  • Theo

    I saw one of these in the flesh a few weeks ago, they are quite as slick as they look.

  • kojo

    why such a big piece of wood an d so little overhang?
    nice table, but a bit of a waste of material

  • http://- :O

    (to Kojo) … if you are using a PC, you could put your bulky keyboard & mouse over there. It could be a great hideaway for your wires too?!

    However, it looks like the green subtable is gonna tilt if you lean on it while writing? And dust is gonna be a major concern over time :(

    I think this desk is trying too hard to be special. It is supra normal – too much – which is a shame. It is having alotof design clues from Jasper Morrisson, but I didn’t think one moment he designed it because of the excess(ory).

  • http://- :O

    I think this green subtable is miscommunicated. It is a horrible writing desk, but it could be a great surface to put your phone, other electronics and maybe printer? This way they are out of your sight but still close at hand :)

  • Fling

    There does not seem to be a lot of clearance between the slidey bit and the legs, so you can’t actually store things under the table and get at them again easily. In this respect, it reminds me of various peripheral spaces commonly encountered in the home, such as The Space Under The Cooker, or The Space Behind The Fridge, or the Gap Between The U Bend Of The Toilet And The Wall (perfect for a printer). What we need is another one of those? If you could inscribe working spaces into these spatial vortexes, you could really be on to something.
    Can’t wait for the Fultimunctional Mobile Cabinet -

  • eyes

    without the useless green subtable, it would look like a Jasper Morrison table, maybe thats wht they added it ?.

  • edward

    Ingenious! Following the link to Industrial Facility, gives a better idea of its construction and rational, that being inexpensive and a challenge to the user to to discover the ways the table can be utilized. The drawings show some sort of tray that slides between the two surfaces. Not mentioned is if this is an accessory or just a suggestion or possibility. The drawings indicate the table is assembled from 5 parts with minimal skill and time required. This needs to be kept at the forefront in a critique, I would think.

  • http://- ATM

    I wouldn’t call this desk ingenious. It is clear that Sam Hecht was inspired by Jasper Morrisons ATM desk for Vitra. Which is fine for me. But sadly, starting from such a high standard, he did not manage to bring this concept to a higher level. On the contrary, he ruined it and ended up with a cartoon of a dometic desk:

    The subtable is meant to be a hideaway for the cable clutter. Great, but this way your desk can neither be positioned against a wall (at home) nor clustered with other desks (at the office) as you will need to leave a gap for the cables that need to find their way to the electronics (computer screen) on your desk.

  • zuy

    Wanders did a 2 tops table in his retro style
    it’s here in the minimalist style of Jasper Morrisson for Vitra
    but nobody can protect a concept
    http://myhouse.construction.com/products/images/0511_e.jpg

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  • edward

    The Encord lists for the equivalent of 368 BP in the US. Actually selling price for an item in this category would be maybe 20% less. The ATM lists for 1170 BP in the UK. . To expect the Encord to reach a more refined level when it was designed to a price point is unrealistic. For the money, the Encord delivers a product that is ingenious in it’s construction. Check the drawings at IF’s site.

  • zuy

    IF’s site?

  • zuy

    Ok it”s the hecht’s design studio check the drawing of Encord table
    http://www.industrialfacility.co.uk/if.html

  • zuy