Designer Todd Bracher approaches his work by studying how people interact with objects. “I try to capture what’s meaningful in that exchange,” he explains. With the Distil Desk (2015), Bracher started with a common object, a cardboard box, and asked questions: “Why does the edge have to be sharp?” which led to curved edges that are easy on the arms; “How can we make it beautiful and strong?” which led to a molded plywood top; “Where would a carpenter hide the wires?” which led to cutouts in the cross-stretchers under the top. These questions and answers yielded a versatile and approachable piece of furniture that can function as an elegant table or as a hard-working desk, with smart cable management provisions. Simple assembly required. Made in U.S.A.