Desks, chairs and storage cabinets reveal and represent the aspirations and values of executive offices and the people who work within them.
For instance, a stately executive desk, Riva 1920’s ‘Boss’, is a serious, pared-down workstation crafted from solid wood, poised on two robust legs. Antonio Morello’s ‘York - Managerial line’ of executive desks comprises generously proportioned, formally sober workstations, where the focus lies on integrating storage space and cable management. These executive desks combine organisation and authority with friendliness and pragmatism.
Manufactured by ERSA, ‘Massive’ executive desk by Ece Yalim Design Studio is another minimalist design that addresses all practical concerns with matching cabinets and sideboards. A more decorative choice, Antonio Zambusi’s semi-circular ‘Century’ desk by ULTOM ITALIA, is faced with luxurious, glossy, wooden veneer.
Modernist classic desks speak of effortless sophistication. Look to Florence Knoll’s ‘Florence Knoll Table Desks’, a large, formally understated circular table manufactured by Knoll International, which can be ordered with a marble top, or to Le Corbusier’s and Charlotte Perriand’s 1928 ‘LC6’, an angular and dignified executive desk manufactured by Cassina.
Contemporary designers also seem to have embrace the table typology for executive desks. M.U.’s ‘Bacco’ by Tonelli, dissolves into space, and consists of only three glass elements: a desktop and two L shaped supports. ‘Nomos’ executive desk, designed for TECNO by the British architect Norman Foster, features an exquisitely sophisticated metal skeleton holding up a glass tabletop.
Referring to postwar designs, Antonio Citterio’s ‘Spatio’ executive desk for Vitra has a wooden oval desktop held aloft by polished aluminium legs. A more expressive desk is Gerard der Kinderen’s ‘Trouvé 3-legs’ for ZinX, whose teardrop-shaped top is supported by three, asymmetrically placed, tilting legs.
Material and manufacturing innovation is apparent in Oskar Zieta’s understated, rigid ‘Koza II’, a pair of trestles made by blowing heated air between two thin sheets of welded steel, onto which the user can mount a tabletop to create an industrial-looking executive desk. Kinzo’s ‘KINZO AIR’ executive desk, produced by bau+art, creates an angular, dynamic sculpture that seems to be folded from a single, white strip.