An elegant solution for home or office, the nicely scaled Homework Desk (2009) is crafted of select materials and is attractive from all sides. The desk’s balanced proportions are characteristic of Niels Bendtsen’s work, and he maintains the desk’s airy look through an innovative detail that allows the drawers to “float” below the glass. In the 1960s, Bendtsen was importing Scandinavian furniture, but began designing his own when he couldn’t find the quality and aesthetics he wanted. Bendtsen’s work is in the permanent collection of MoMA, and he was honored with the 2006 British Columbia Creative Achievement Award of Distinction. Made in Canada.
The drawers on the left are equipped with a sliding back panel for cable management.
The file drawer on the right can be adjusted for letter- or legal-size files.
Soft-closing drawer glides move silently and prevent slamming (thus, the interior contents stay in place.).
Because the drawers are cantilevered from the frame, there are additional surfaces for storage or display between the top of the drawers and the glass.
Tempered glass; steel bar legs with powdercoat or mirror-polished chrome finish; European birch plywood with oak or walnut veneer; soft-close runners; clear polycarbonate feet.
"Quality is a funny concept. We tend to think of it as being associated with handcraft. But quality is also about your attitude toward design. Craftsmanship is just as much about how you run the machines that are now necessary for economic viability."
Born in Denmark, Niels Bendtsen and his family immigrated to Canada in 1951. In place of a formal design education, Bendtsen trained as an apprentice for his father, who designed and built Scandinavian furniture. Through working with his father, Bendtsen gained valuable skills and a respect for non-industrial, hand-built traditions, but he was also intrigued by new technologies and ways to satisfy increasing demand. Between 1963 and 1972, Bendtsen had his own retail store where he sold his father's furniture, as well as imported Scandinavian designs. He designed small items for the store, but it wasn't until he was in his early thirties that he truly began designing furniture. Dissatisfied with the quality and limited functionality of the furniture he received from his overseas manufacturers, Bendtsen sold his store, moved to Europe and became a full time designer. Read more >