October 8, 2009

I recently designed and built this cabinet for a nine year old city kid who has many books, an iMac, a bunch of games and spends a lot of time in his bedroom. His mom, Ellen Diamant is the owner of Skip Hop, a hip NY based company that produces baby products including the trendiest diaper bags in the market. Ellen, a designer herself and a big fan of mid century furniture, really liked a piece I had done before in a sort of Jean Prouve-meets-Donald Judd style and asked me to design something for her child with a similar look.


So we came up with this eight feet long unit that has a desk at the bottom and bookshelves above. It has drawers of different sizes and open and closed storage compartments. We used Baltic birch in a natural finish and MDF (medium density fiberboard) with a clear coat as well as with colored paint.


But looks aren’t all and functionality is a big issue in modern desks. Under the counter top there is a very discreet wire management shelf where all the equipment gets plugged. There are no wires hanging or sitting on the floor.


Designing for another designer is always extra challenging. Ellen has a great eye for color and proportion and she was not easy to pleaseā€¦ It took many revisions to reach the right design. The main thing: her son likes it and uses it a lot.


This project took 6 weeks to produce but the whole process including design consultation, site visits, sample and shop drawing approvals extended over a longer period of time.

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