In this slideshow we return to a simpler time, when a modern desk could remain unencumbered by snarls of cords, food-flecked keyboards or errant mouse pads. From pieces by Nakashima to Breuer, we present a mid-century view of an age-old problem: how to maintain a winsome work space.
Go towards the light! Made from white mylar and multiple layers of polyester cut to resemble a hovering bird's wing, the Icarus Lamp is a striking homage to human aspiration and our source of life: the sun. Though its dimensions are 30" x 10" x 10", Icarus weighs just 1.5 pounds. The light is designed for a 60-watt bulb and comes with a conical safety protector. Electrical cord included.
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The Chassis Table is a custom designed writing desk with an open metal base and a solid wood top. Named after the structural frames commonly used in the automotive industry, the table's main feature is a steel undercarriage that securely supports a solid wood top to spans of up to ten feet in length. Photograph by Mikiko Kikuyama.
- We published architect Noah Walker's first project—a handsome renovation of a Hollywood bugalow—this summer, but checked back in to see which three buidlings most inspired him.
When the light filters through the laser-cut streams under the various shades of earth tones it creates a radiating pattern resembling the sun's rays, making the resulting shadow as much a part of the fixture as the structure itself.