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Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Design Public Guide: The Best Homework Desks

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It’s that time of year, time to get ready for those homework assignments and special projects. Whether you’ve got a youngster who hasn’t had to struggle over math problems until this school year or a teenager who has to balance those chemistry equations you don’t remember how to help with, you can give some assistance by getting a nice organized workspace set up. It all starts with a good base — a desk with enough surface to spread out books, a computer and paper to do work. Here are seven great options. desk-51-modern-desk-red_1

 

Blu Dot Desk 51. While this desk comes in ivory/gray, slate and white, we recommend red. Red has intense energy, symbolizing willpower, passion and leadership. It is seductive and hopefully that will draw your kiddos over to the homework area.

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MASH Studios LAX Wall Mounted Desk. If you’re short on space, this unit is a stylish solution. Made of English walnut, the desk includes a sliding door to hide clutter and holes to keep wires organized and out of sight.

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Stoller Works Yellow Frame Standing Desk. This is a great desk to keep handy for the whole family (or for those who aren’t tall enough for it, add an adjustable stool). Since according to health reports, standing is the new sitting, a standing option is a healthy option to have at home. The elegant trestle design is sleek and industrial while the lower shelf adds a spot for out-of-the-way but handy storage. Stoller Works standing desks come in 38-, 40-, 42- and 43-heights. Shop all Stoller Works Tables and Desks

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Context Furniture russ Library Desk and Desk Shelf. Designed by Scott Klinker, the geometric shapes seen in this clean-lined design inspire and add playful style. The added shelf option adds space to help keep the surface clear.

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Blu Dot Hitch Add-On Bookshelf and Desk. This flexible system keeps books at hand and adds much-needed storage to a child’s bedroom. The best news is that when the kiddos leave the nest, it will make a stylish shelving system in a grown-up living room, family room or workspace that will never go out of style.

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Gus Modern Junction Desk. Speaking of adapting these furniture piece later, this desk is one you may try and steal from your child while they are still at home. Handsome and contemporary, it will serve you well not only as a desk, but also as a console, entry or sofa table in the future.

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OFFI Overlap Tray. This is a version of one of the original items we sold back at the very beginning of Design Public, and it’s popularity has never wavered. Sometimes a kid or a teen simply needs to prop up someplace extra-comfortable after a long day at school. The tray holds a book, writing utensils or a laptop with ease.

As you outfit your homework space, stay tuned for our guide to task lamps, desk chairs and workspace accessories.

 

 

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Designer Interview: Evan Stoller of Stoller Works

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Today I had the pleasure of getting to know more about Evan Stoller of Stoller Works. I sent him a list of questions and he answered me with a the fascinating story of his career path and all of these beautiful photographs. Take it away Evan!

Stoller with his Rail Table

My mother was a painter and my father photographed modern architecture. Modernism was kind of a religion in our home. Living with the works of family friends such as the Eameses, George Nakashima and Alexander Calder was an education in design.

After studying architecture at Pratt Institute I began doing sculpture in NYC. My friends and I rented an abandoned cheese factory in what was to become Tribeca. For five years I had a fabulous skylit studio and produced a series of animal sculptures that culminated in a 9’ x 9’ frog that was designed to jump in the rain. To me, The Frog was my first real-world study in architecture. Organic systems were interpreted, organized and overlaid within an aluminum and spring steel skeletal system. The concept of a moving animal developed along an architectonic path of questions and creative solutions.

Stoller’s Frog Sculpture
My wife Phyllis and I moved out of the city to an abandoned airport, and then to a disused gas station. I began making larger sculptures that were influenced by the lattice construction of cranes and the structural purity of bridges. I completed works that appeared more functional – things that looked like organic lifting devices and sculptures such as ‘Ramp’:
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‘Ramp’ is a 30’ long incline topped with asphalt. I called them ‘standing structures’ and they developed from, and as an expression of, the environment in which they were displayed. Some stood on long skids for optimal ground support or had pod-like feet to resist sinking into the turf. My sculptures were becoming supporting structures, close relatives of the tables I’m doing now. I completed a huge environmental sculpture in NYC that brought me back into the world of architecture. ‘Maya Station’ was an array of 40’ tension trusses spanning six 20’ tall towers and 10’ tall gates. My inspiration were the forms and spaces of a Mayan city. The sculpture defined an environment on an architectural scale, and after it’s completion I became an architect.

Maya Station

Architectural commissions are a real ‘through the looking glass’ experience. The thrill and complexity of architecture is always a voyage through the unexplored, an arduous but incredible experience. We built our own home  and I began designing a series of houses, studios and more recently a medical clinic and a theater.

Stoller’s Home

A painting studio by Stoller

My most recent sculpture seems like both an architectural model and a huge piece of exterior furniture. ‘Hudson Ecliptic’ is a modular 40′ diameter circular form that floats over rough terrain. It’s constructed from 120 cellular units that each display a tiny painting. Seeming like a chain of galleries, the sculpture becomes a miniature museum.

Hudson Ecliptic

Stoller Works furniture started as custom pieces for architectural clients. I strive to express structural clarity and demonstrate an efficiency of of materials and fabrication. Working with big beams I invented a system to reinforce thin beam slices with tension rods and bolt them into extremely strong and rigid trestle assemblies. With remainders of deep rolled structural sections I make standing desks and podium tables.

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My tables combine high-tech trestle structures with the warm surface of wood tabletops. We use walnut and ash from known sources and avoid the use of pollutants in manufacturing our products. All our plywood is FSC certified and coated with UV-cured finishes.

Stoller Works Station Table

Stoller Works Foundation Beam Coffee Table

Stoller Works City Desk

Stoller Works Podium Table

Thanks so much to Evan Stoller for taking the time to share his work with us today. Shop all Stoller Works tables and desks here.

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