This architects' desk designed by Note Design Studio of Stockholm has been covered inside and out with pine veneer in a herringbone pattern, then charred black on the outside.
It incorporates brass fittings and traditional equipment like built-in rulers, hidden magnets and rolls of paper, alongside electronic devices like USB ports and power outlets.
See also: Marginal Notes by Note Design Studio
Here are some more details from the designers:
Good things come from taking risks and cabinetmaker Karolina Stenfelt certainly took a risk when she gave Kristoffer Fagerström from NOTE Design Studio free hands to design her journeyman project at Carl Malmsten School of Furniture. NOTE Design Studios latest design project "Marginal Notes" was anything but the easy way out and this complex project turned out to be nothing less.
The brief was to design a desk that didn't reveal everything at first glance and would stand out in a discreet way.
The choice of a desk was the result of that a journeyman project demands certain elements of construction and functions to be accepted for judgment by the jury.
Kristoffer designed an architects "black box" that combined the old analogue approach of built-in rulers, hidden magnets, sketchpaper rolls with new needs like USB hubs and power outlets.
"Pine is fine" is a shared motto of Kristoffer and Karolina and the idea of basing the desk solely on Swedish pine truly put the cabinet maker to the test. And if that wasn't enough he wanted to use charred wood as surface finish.
Pine is a rather soft material and the charring was hopefully going to give the wood a hardened surface. There was no approved technique for charring pine veneer and especially no approved technique to create and conform the intricate intarsia pattern that covers the desk. Karolina tiresome experimenting with burning veneer finally gave results and the work could commence.
"When you have access to a cabinet maker like Karolina Stenfelt from of one of the best cabinetmaking schools there is you have to push the envelope a bit" Kristoffer smirks.
Contrast was the keyword through the project. Pine is a versatile material and Kristoffer wanted the desk to express pine from its very best side to its very ”worst”.
The exterior is covered with the experimental burned veneer in a fishbone pattern and when you open the desk the inside is covered with the finest selection of golden pine in the same pattern.
Kristoffer designed a tar burned steel frame to carry the "black box". The tar burning of the steel covered the shiny welding forges along with the rest of the frame with a varied sooted surface.
Custom made brass fittings as locks, rulers and hinges gleam against the sooted surface, referring to the fire used for burning the veneer.
Cabinet maker Karolina Stenfelt and NOTE Design studio investigates the possibilites of developing a limited edition series of the desk. The desk is currently exhibited at Carl Malmsten Schools Spring Exhibition in stockholm, Sweden.