Featured here is the Deskbox designed by Shay Alkalay for Arco. Shay’s fascination with the drawer has engendered several contemporary visual and conceptual furniture masterpieces – the Pivot console (2008) and the Pivot desk (2011). With Deskbox, the designer has created a magnificent reductionist workstation. Its simple rectilinear, box-like shape enigmatically mounted to a wall immediately conjures Donald Judd’s minimalist stack sculptures from the 1960s and 1970s. When Deskbox is pulled apart, it becomes an impromptu work surface that is ideal for supporting a laptop or using as a small writing desk. Not only is Deskbox a great-looking piece when closed, it’s equally striking – particularly in profile – when left opened.
Deskbox provides tremendous flexibility within an interior allowing its user several different types of a footprint commitment. Essentially a non-existent footprint when the piece is used casually by moving a chair to the resulting work surface as needed – or, a very small permanent footprint when paired with a chair and perhaps a floor task lamp.
The top (that becomes the work surface when pulled down) is composed of solid European oak and available in five finishes; oak morado, oak black, and oak smoke – as well as two lighter finishes of white oak and oak natural. The base (that is mounted to the wall) is made of steel available in two epoxy-coated matte lacquer finishes of white or black. Please call CONTEXT at 800.886.0867 to review finish options as well as pricing and current lead times.
Yael Mer + Shay Alkalay
Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay started working together as colleagues after spending many years living together and sharing thoughts and ideas and everything in between. Yael focuses primarily on turning two-dimensional sheet materials into curvaceous functional forms, while Alkalay is fascinated by how things move, function and react. They work together as ‘Raw-Edges’ with the joint aim of creating things that have never been seen before.