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.
- From Breuer's dorm furniture to a forgotten mid-century airport in Newfoundland, we draw from the Dwell archives of oldie but goodie design content.
- Collaborations between academic institutions and design greats have exposed students around the world to masterful lessons in furniture.
- Modern design does a workspace good. Here are seven offices and study nooks sure to help inspire your next great idea.
- 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.
Oki Sato’s geometric white oak screen sports interlocking sections to improve visual privacy from any angle. nendo.jp
This solid walnut piece features a stout pedestal with three drawers with inset handles; Nakashima designed it to be positioned on either the left or the right, depending on the user's need. The top is composed of three boards, with the center piece carrying a very dynamic grain. The floating end is supported by a pair of simple spindle legs. The desk was recently restored by Mira Nakashima and is in excellent condition.
Beginning in the late 1930s, a group of visionary architects congregated on the isolated backshore of Wellfleet and Truro. In conjunction with the exhibition Marcel Breuer, this lecture by Peter McMahon explores the Modernist legacy of the Outer Cape, along with efforts to document and preserve it. McMahon is principal of PM Design and focuses on sustainable modern architecture and restoration of mid 20th-century buildings.