18 Feet & Rising by Studio Octopi

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18 Feet & Rising by Studio Octopi

These desks by London architects Studio Octopi were designed to look like miniature basketball courts.

18 Feet & Rising by Studio Octopi

The steel frame of each desk emerges up through the plywood surface at one end to provide sockets, switches and a lamp, which the architects claim looks a bit like a basketball hoop.

18 Feet & Rising by Studio Octopi

The furniture was designed for the offices of London advertising agency 18 Feet & Rising.

18 Feet & Rising by Studio Octopi

We've also featured a couple of houses by Studio Octopi - see them here.

18 Feet & Rising by Studio Octopi

Here's some more text from Studio Octopi:


Advertising agency 18 Feet & Rising appointed Studio Octopi to design desks and a board room table for their new office. The agency wanted the furniture to reflect their work ethos and hands-on creativity. Their love of basketball provided a design metaphor for the brief.

18 Feet & Rising by Studio Octopi

The tables were developed working closely with a scenery company, the component parts sized to ease future relocation.

18 Feet & Rising by Studio Octopi

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A desk seats two across a plywood surface. A black steel frame forms the foot and mast of each desk, referencing a basketball ‘hoop’. Data and power is distributed through the frame to desktop sockets and a lamp above acts as a beacon to call a meeting. In 2012 the agency will host a basketball game raising funds to upgrade a local schools court. The old court will then become worktops for their desks.

18 Feet & Rising by Studio Octopi

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The basketball tops symbolise the open playing surface of the agency: the crossing of boundaries and exchange of ideas.

  • matrolokio

    Looks an awful lot like Vitra's Joyn….
    I still like it, though!

  • mmmm

    welcome steampunk…

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    I don't like the lighting solution, but the rest of the program looks well-thought.