An elegant solution for home or office, the nicely scaled Homework Desk (2009) is crafted of select materials and looks attractive from all sides. The desk’s balanced proportions are characteristic of Niels Bendtsen’s designs, 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 he 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 back of the drawer is equipped with a sliding panel for cable management.
Soft-closing drawer slides move silently and prevent slamming to keep contents in place.
Because the drawer is cantilevered from the frame, there’s an additional surface for storage or display between the top of the drawer and the glass.
Tempered glass; steel bar legs with mirror-polished chrome, powder-coated or glossy white finish; oak, walnut or white lacquered veneer; soft-closing drawer slides; 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 >