If you have an iPad you’ll know how versatile it is, but also how you arm feels even after holding for just a short period of time. What you need is a way to view your beloved device yet save on the gym membership to beef up your biceps. This device looks like it was made for the iPad legions. As usual a very simple design proves to be the best.
The Media Computing Group — otherwise known as the dudes and dudettes responsible for making multitouch hip again — is back, and some might say better than ever. The BendDesk is an outlandish new concept workspace for the future, relying heavily on a curved multitouch display to bring the wow. The desk is the Group’s vision of merging multitouch with a common physical area, and it’s probably the best implementation we’ve seen yet. A full ten touch points are supported, but the lower portion is also designed to be used as a standard desk, holding your laptop, paperwork and ink pen collection if you so choose. Shockingly enough, the whole thing looks exceptionally ergonomic, too. Head on past the break for a glimpse of it being used, but don’t hold your breath waiting for a ship date and price — something tells us it’ll be awhile before either of those are published.
The AViiQ laptop stand was created to solve a common and recurring problem. Laptop stands were too bulky for people always on-the-go. The AViiQ stand compresses down to a 1/4 inch thin plate, making it easy to stash and dash. Laptop problem solved.
Folded, the Portable Laptop Stand is less than 1/4″ thick, 12 3/4″ long, 2 3/4″ wide and only 5.5 ounces. It can fit easily into almost any laptop bag or laptop sleeve.
The Portable Laptop Stand is made from Hylite, a strong yet lightweight composite of aluminium and polyproplene. By milling some of the aluminium ff the Portable Laptop Stand, it is both flexible and rigid.
In testing, it was folded over 5,000 times with no wear.
Raising your laptop keyboard to a 12 degree angle improves off the table, air can flow under the laptop, allowing it to run cooler.
Rotate it around and use a negative 12 degree angle for raised or standing viewing.
ICF has introduced a very clever mobile workstation called mobi. It has a great combination of simplicity and utility that makes it an ideal desk for some of the new work patters we’ve been exploring such as CoWorking. It also makes a great desk for home working.
The configuration is simple – a trapezoid work-top is anchored to a fabric covered partition on one end. This allows you to use it as a desk, or a three person meeting table. The desk end is supported by a single pedestal leg, while each end of the partition has a caster wheel. This allows you to easily move it around, like a wheelbarrow. And with its tripod stance its always stable, no rocking back and forth and no adjusting feet to chase away the tipping.
What is great here is how easy it is to reconfigure, and how the simple geometry it suggests can combine into many unique desk patterns. I think this is an ideal desk for day workstations in a CoWorking facility. Small groups can quickly join up to collaborate, loners can define their own space, and it can all be quickly moved aside for a special event or Friday happy hours. Yeah – I’m talking to you, all you CoWorkers pushing desks around this very minute!
Behold the transformable desk for creative persons, Kkanapètko. In the description we received from the designer, Krassi Dimitrov, I thought I read “crazy persons” and immediately got excited. Turns out it really is “creative persons,” but when it comes down to it, I know because I am one, creative persons and crazy persons are often one in the same. And speaking as a crazy creative, I say right now, this is a wonderful desk. Tiny when closed, one or two comfortable modes when in action, Kkanapètko go!
Or maybe I should say go go gadget Kkanapètko? Yes I think so. This desk has 3 drawers on either side, apposite drawer for printer and/or scanner, light table (for super fun tracing action,) extendable cable, and stereo speakers to connect your music players (or I suppose if you just wanna get a converter and connect a mic you could totally have a karaoke show with it.) Drawers are easy open even when heavily loaded, a Servo-Drive system (electronic silent-run opening system,) working with or without using a handle. Two tables popping out the side so more than one person can work comfortably, each side of this desk being the exact same for equal opportunity storage and working space. Think of how awesome this would be for an art studio or design college. All you’d have to do is install locks on the drawers.
Winner of the Coup de Coeur award at the 2009 Maison & Objet show in Paris, exclusively at CB2. Three-hive open pyramid stacks to display magazines, books, objects (see additional photos). Wood composite with matte white finish. Priced to have fun with multiples.
The folding table is designed to be dynamic in its use for space efficiency. It folds flat and can be easily stored and stacked. It can hang on the wall and be set up when desired. It is light enough that it can be easely picked up and hung on the wall hooks. The wall hooks serve as a coat rack when the table is in use. It can be set up in 3 steps.
More information about this concept on the designer’s website: Endrit Hajno.
IDEO and steelcase teamed up to design node, a school desk that combines storage, a chair and a writing surface all in one mobile unit. The concept was recently exhibited at the neocon trade show in Chicago and is designed to support new forms of learning. Research showed that many teachers are using multiple modes of teaching to help students with different learning styles. Despite this shift, most student furnishings are still designed for a single mode. Node allows students to easily shift from one teaching mode to another using a single piece of furniture. The seat is mounted on a rolling platform that has
storage for their belongs underneath and a large writing surface with a hook for hanging a bag. The seat is a single shell and the table is large enough for writing and laptop use.
After seeing the images it struck me that this kind of design could be ideal for anyone that has very limited space to work at home. Also, if you’re involved in any kind of meetings, this design of chair/desk could solve any lack of space problems.
The new Ikea catalogue 2011 is just out in the USA. This innovative design has been used on other desks, but Ikea have worked their magic and got the price down to an amazing $99. The legs you have to buy separately of course.
Cable outlets and compartment in the back keeps cords and cables out of sight but close at hand.
Spring hinges let the lid close gently and silently.
Inside lined in felt; absorbs sound and can also be used as a notice board.
Pockets and paper holders on the inside of the lid. Easy to keep your workspace well organized.
No idea yet whether the desk with lid concept will be coming to the UK, but it’s a great idea if you want to shut away your office at the end of the day. If you don’t have a spare room to keep your work and home separate, perhaps this desk is the next best thing.
Another design from Toshihiko Hazama, a Japanese designer from Myfab that uses aluminium to create a compact desk and seating area that could be ideal if you’re pushed for space in your home office. The sliding tray for your keyboard and mouse allows the whole desk to be stored against a wall, but is still wide enough to carry your iMac.