My task or sketch desk is a small workspace intended as a place of thought. The desk is meant to provide an environment for inspiring new ideas, developing designs, and deep thinking.
The design consists of a desktop workspace, small bookshelf, and three shallow drawers for pens, pencils, and other design tools. In addition, the top of the desk houses three boxes below its surface, a large central box for housing one’s laptop or papers, and two smaller boxes on each side. The lid of the central box slides forward and leans back to present a small porcelain dry-erase board. One of the small boxes houses an eraser, and the other houses markers for the board. This allows for quick sketches, lists, and reminders, and was inspired by the initial sketches I do, and often cross out, at the beginning of my design process.
The design is intended to present the user with a clean, precise, and clear head. Therefore, the lids and drawers have no pulls, and lie flush to all adjacent surfaces. The top is a single sheet of continuous straight grain veneer, so that nothing distracts the user from their thoughts. I have also made an effort to hide the end grain of the wood, and chosen quartersawn beech as it is stable, and has an understated and consistent grain for the same reason.