Drawers slide along the surface of Marco Guazzini's Flamingo desk

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Drawers slide along the surface of Marco Guazzini's Flamingo desk

Italian designer Marco Guazzini has created a console with drawers that slide along its length to create different configurations (+ slideshow).

Flamingo console by Marco Guazzini

Marco Guazzini's Flamingo desk features two drawers – one on top of the table's surface and one below – that can each slide the length of the table.

Both drawers can be moved along to create different arrangements, including an S-shape created when one drawer is at either end, which reminded the designer of the curve of a flamingo's neck.

Flamingo console by Marco Guazzini

"The Flamingo console represents my research into movement – the chance to create staggered volumes with solid and void spaces making the drawers slide lengthwise thus allowing various configurations," Guazzini told Dezeen.

Flamingo console by Marco Guazzini

The slim console, which measures 123 centimetres wide, 90 centimetres high and 36 centimetres deep, comprises a varnished steel frame, a pink Portuguese marble tabletop and solid oak drawers lacquered in blue.

Flamingo console by Marco Guazzini

The metal bars are machined and then welded together using Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG). "I used solid bars of iron, because I wanted a clean aspect – linear and light to the eye with sharp edges," said Guazzini.

The marble slab used for the tabletop is cut using a two-axis bridge sawing machine and the drawers are made using traditional joinery techniques.

Flamingo console by Marco Guazzini

The desk's shapes and colours were influenced by Miami's Art Deco architecture. "People seem to really love the balance between the light pastel colours and geometric shapes that resulted," said Guazzini.

Flamingo console was exhibited at Ventura Hive as part of Ventura Lambrate, during Milan design week earlier this year.