Essence Collection by MSB


Spanish studio MSB have designed a collection of steel-plate furniture including this desk, which combines a seat and table.

Called Essence, the collection features tables of different sizes that all incorporate seating for one or two people, or shelving.

A stack of rectangular boxes are also included in the collection, which can either sit on top of each other to form a shelving unit or be placed side by side on the floor to create a cabinet.

All the pieces are treated with different varnish finishes.

Here's some more information from MSB:

In 2010 the “ESSENCE” furniture collection was made:

When you feel its density, you realize it is an earth’s son. When you see its expressive skin, you think about the influence time has had. When you know its possibilities, you discover a raw material with a richness of endless nuances, and surely you would have never thought its presence could provide so much warmth.

From the interior of the earth, iron is a raw material that mixed with carbon creates an alloy, known as steel. In 2000 BC the Indians already used it to build their first tools and 4000 years later it continues to be a raw material with infinite applications.

This material, not more than a unique fragment of the earth we walk on, transformed into an element, which besides its functionality, it desires to have its own and unrepeatable character.

In a natural way, steel expresses shapes and textures on its surface ... this is part of the charm in every element.

All pieces are treated with varnish of different finishing that allows seeing the whole expressivity of the steel.

Iron is a living material that can slightly change shade and color through time. This is part of its charm. This 301.2 desk is part of this collection. MSB workshop office is an architecture, interior and design office established in 2008 by Miquel Subiràs in the volcanic region of the Garrotxa, in Spain.

A few words about the philosophy of MSB workshop office:
”MSB, is a path, a story where the essence is creativity, where the work are the projects, the reflections, the experimentation.... always connected to the world of architecture, interiors, design... communication.

Its not walk for walk, the goal is to develop projects with personality, rigor... Evolve concepts and discover new elements that every time accompanies us to go further.” M. Subiràs.

See also:


Anodised table by
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Side Chair One and Two by Alexander Kneller Gorge by
Ramei Keum

Posted on Thursday June 3rd 2010 at 5:54 pm by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • I think that sitting in this attractively reductive design long enough to accomplish anything would be a form a punishment! On the other hand, some people are in to that…

  • Rosstopolis!

    Cold aesthetic, and an icy touch to match.

    I remember thinking Zaha was a little extravegant at Vitra with a heated stainless table; in this case maybe not

  • This furniture brought to my mind the unassailable fact that steel plate is extremely heavy and therefore bumping into the corner or edge of these pieces will be painful. Even steel furniture in prisons is less angular.

  • lets face it – this is hot
    perhaps not the most comfortable piece of furniture – but i like its pared back aesthetic

  • Karei

    I like the aesthetic very much.
    Their look, presence, and mood exceed the negative factors like heaviness, uncomfortableness, etc.
    They won’t be out all-time classic, though.

  • It looks very muck like the the “HP01 Table” created by the Belgian designer Hans de Pelsmacker for the german editor E15 in 2000…..

  • Looks great – Judd kind of, but damn that’ll sting!… I bet that guys arm is stuck to the table.