ISSUE 43  |  Small Living

Organizational Behavior: A Desk with a Place for Everything

October 22, 2012 6:30 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

Portland-based designer Ben Klebba references George Nelson's Swag Desk, mixed with the simplicity of utilitarian Shaker furniture, in his new Laura desk.

Klebba debuted the desk on October 3 at ShowPDX, a biennial furntiure design competition in Portland, OR. Each piece is made by to order by hand and is and available in domestic hardwoods: walnut, cherry, rift sawn white oak, or ash. For more from Klebba, see his blog post on how the desk was made and his shared studio space at Beam & Anchor.

Above: The Laura Desk is made to order in Portland, Oregon, and requires a lead time of about eight to ten weeks; contact Klebba at Phloem Studio for pricing and ordering.

Above: A rectangle, triangle, and circle are cut out in the storage drawers for collecting small items like pens and paper clips.

Above: The front edge of the desk features two tapered, angled drawers that pull out for storage solutions.

Above: The desk features three open cubbies at the back end, hiding two cord ports in the shadows. Klebba uses high-quality 1/16-inch plywood that is stitched with a thick veneer and laid over a solid core; this produces an heirloom quality writing surface over typical 1/32-inch thick plywood pieces.

N.B.: Looking for more desks? See 67 Desks & Worktables in our furniture section of the shop.