This white oak desk was the final piece of a kitchen remodel, and functions as an informal place to listen to the radio, enjoy morning coffee or an afternoon cocktail, and be near the action in the kitchen. The remodel had been completed several years earlier; and before I became involved, the client worked the desk design through several iterations and created a fully functional mock up. Despite the detailed design provided by the client, I didn't fully appreciate some elements of the design until I saw it in place; and I was merely a conduit for the vision of the client. The desk is perfectly scaled to the space, complements the aesthetic of the kitchen, and fits the vision for their completed kitchen.
This western maple standing height desk was designed for a human, although consideration was also given to the dogs that often accompanied her to the office. From the perspective of the dogs, the desk is both something to lounge under and the place where treats are kept, the latter being a far more important design element. From the perspective of the human, it was important that the desk have efficient storage that was neither bulky nor cluttered, felt light, was of the scale of her office, and was made of something local and beautiful. In her words:
I want to tell you how happy I am to stand at this desk. It not only works as I hoped it would, but it's REALLY beautiful, which makes me smile daily. Couldn't ask for more. The dogs have become fully acquainted with the special dog treat section and now sit and stare at it, trying to will it open.Thanks for doing such a great job and being so easy to work with.