Writing consoles

Wring consoles are narrow desks that are usually arranged alongside a wall. As such they do not replace a fully equipped workstation, but they do prove to be practical in a break room, for instance. If suitably positioned in an open plan-office, they can also serve as small meeting desks or temporary storage.

Nando Schmidlin’s ‘STORCH’ for mox is most faithful to the original typology. An elegantly sober leaning desk, it can only be placed along a wall. Nevertheless, it does include opening in its structure for the necessary wires. ‘Bricks Cubicle’, a writing console designed by Robert Bronwasser for Palau, incorporates a small table lamp and is surrounded on three sides by an enveloping, upholstered privacy screen, making it an ideal phone desk in an open-plan office.

Jasper Morrison’s ‘NesTable’ for Vitra is a minimal, height adjustable standing desk with one tube column and quite an impressive range: it can serve as a regular side table or function as a minimal lectern. Otto Sudrow’s adaptation of Eiermann’s famous table into the ‘Milla 700 high desk’ for Richard Lampert, which combines the bare, minimal structure with a slanting desktop and a shelf underneath, can also serve as other purposes, although its narrow, rectangular shape still suggests a typical writing console.

FIGUEARAS’s ‘F-45 table’ can be used as a writing console, though its telescoping, tilted top, along with a possibility to integrate a microphone, suggests itself to being used as a lectern in an auditorium. This is also the case in the more sober ‘pult’, designed by Alexander Schenk for Tojo Möbel, an MDF writing console which is easily assembled from flat, angular components.

Lastly, Thomas Kühl’s and Andreas Krob’s minimally detailed, surprisingly adjustable, three-legged ‘Notos’ writing console for ClassiCon is in fact suited to reading, writing, small-scale drafting, serving as a side table and even holding sheet music.

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