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De-sk is the perfect solution between off-the-shelf and bespoke fitted desks.
|Can be carried by one person
|Can be built by one person
|Packs into a box
|Simple tool-less construction
|No custom manufacturing
|Makes best use of space
|Easy to re-configure in the future
|Take with you easily when moving
|Not absurdly priced
Born out of one guy’s frustration with furnishing his office.
Hey, I’m Jonathan!
A few years ago, I founded a co-working space in London, called Keyboards & Dreams — because people use the space to make their dreams come true using keyboards
We needed 80 desks. Off-the-shelf desks weren’t ideal — the options were either consumer-focused ones which weren’t great for creating banks of desks (for one because they have 4 legs each; when you’re getting a lot of desks you don’t want four legs on every desk), or proper “office” desks were very expensive and not generally too funky. I wanted natural materials, and I wanted the place to feel more homely than officey. Desks are one of the most important parts of an office. People spend most of their day there.
So, like many companies, we built our own. We got some wood, some metal, and built our own. They had built in planters, monitor arms and they fit our space. They were a bit of a pain — we had lots of wood offcuts, needed labour to build them, had a few big deliveries of heavy wood and metal and things like that, but they looked great, people loved them and were cheaper than off-the-shelf desks.Our V1 desks in use
But then over time our teams changed, and room layouts changed — say we wanted to change a 12 person office to an 8 person with a couch. Moving around built-in desks was a pain. They were all sized to fit, to make the best use of our space, and they were heavy and difficult to move or store. If we wanted to make a bank of desks bigger, that’d be a whole job, need deliveries of materials, cutting, mess, more waste. It’d always be a big pain, and it’s relatively often we want to make changes to fit evolving needs of the teams in our building. I can’t even imagine if we were to move office!
I knew there could be a better solution, and I wanted to make it. I wanted a desk system that was beautiful, minimal (hiding wires, integrating monitors), makes the best use of space (sized to fit), and most of all, is resizable and easily moveable without lots of tools or people. After lots of iterations, prototyping and designing, I created something I love.
So that’s the little story of how de-sk came to be born.