Not only do desk systems organise and cluster their users, be they researchers, students, or office workers, they also enable cooperation, and often include other essential features, such as storage cabinets, table dividers and privacy screens.
The most minimal desk system on offer is undoubtedly Oskar Zieta’s steel ‘Koza’, which consists of only trestles, and invites the user to provide and accessorise any additional furnishings. Other desk systems, such as Daniel Lavonius Jarefeldt’s, Johanna Munck af Rosenschöld’s and Josef Zetterman’s friendly, rounded ‘A-Series touchdown’ for SA Möbler; and Iiro Viljanen’s more austere ‘Alku’ for Martela Oyj, offer more comprehensive solutions. Both these designs offer desk modules of different sizes, with optional acoustic panels.
Martin Ballendat’s ‘Synapso’ desk system offers height-adjustable designs, such as a circular table accommodating 3, or a rectangular table accommodating 4 users, combining an aluminium base with wood-veneer tabletop. ULTOM ITALIA’s ‘T-Leg’ desk system arranges 4 L-shaped desks into a cross, with dividers in between, but leaving a rounded, semi-circular edge as a common space for users’ interaction. Nursus’s ‘Varto’ desk system utilises the same principle, and though it omits common space, it does provide individual storage cabinets, as well as shelves and other storage solutions mounted on the table dividers.
Pierandrei Associati’s ‘Beta unopuntozero’ desk system for TECNO also seats 4, but its focus is a central storage cabinet, with the desks themselves being orientated towards the edges of the constellation. Christian Horner’s ‘Cube_S | Workstation’ line of desk systems consists of understated desks and changing configurations of filing cabinets and cupboards, which organise the space into either individual cells or clusters intended for closer teamwork. Daniel Korb’s ‘Sense’ desk system for Hermann Miller Europe consists of large modular tables with optional partitions and sometimes non-orthogonal geometry, allowing for an organic and large-scale design.
Lastly, Werner Aisslinger’s ‘Level 34’ for Vitra features a central spine of cabinets, shelves and benches, with all the necessary wiring running underneath, onto which desks and counters are connected to, creating a possibility of an endlessly long desk system.