Here's a bit of text from Vitra:
Philippe Starck, 2006
Function The BaObab desk, designed by Philippe Starck for Vitra, is ideal for computer-based and paper work. Constructed as a single piece, it is designed to include storage space and accommodate cables.
Form BaObab is a sculptural object. It’s warm colours are inviting and it’s organic form challenges the conventional world of right angles.
Character BaObab provides a refreshing approach to office furniture. It’s curved shape, created as a single piece, shields the user and provides a pleasant feeling of security.
Deployment Owing to its lack of right angles BaObab can be positioned freely. It is ideally suited to businesses, retail outlets and home offices, as well as to established organisations who wish to create a fresh image.
Myth For this table Philippe Starck was inspired by the monkeybread tree, also known as the baobab. The baobab tree is traditionally a place for meeting and communication. The shape of BaObab is based on the seed of the baobab tree.