It is rare to find a desk that has as many features as our L'agent de bureau.  The desk is small both in physical scale and visual impact and yet there is still ample room to work. 

Having discussed our client's requirements, we began to visualise how the desk could accommodate numerous items of technology. The brief was to have a clutter free desktop on which to work. Our client required storage for two laptops, an iPad Pro, an iPad Mini as well as cables, several pens, a ledger and a variety of other small items. The key challenge was to store all items out of sight and keep the visual impact of the desk as slimline and as elegant as possible.

Our initial sketches and working drawings began to take shape and gained the client's approval. Materials, finishes and embellishments were discussed, tested and approved. 

Initial digital design sketches.

Initial digital design sketches.

The desk also contains tracks for cables and charging points for each item stored inside the leg. Each storage 'pod' is fully leather-lined and finished with a lightly padded base to protect any equipment stored. 

A closeup of the left leg.

A closeup of the left leg.

Detail of the fumed oak, leather clad door and the aluminium intersection.

Detail of the fumed oak, leather clad door and the aluminium intersection.

Working with the finest full grain leather, rippled sycamore and fumed oak the desk begins to take shape. Each panel is lined in leather both on the inside and outside allowing for a sharp, clean finish on each edge. 

The desk exposed - waiting for the various panels and leather finishing.

The desk exposed - waiting for the various panels and leather finishing.

Test fitting the storage pod door. 

Test fitting the storage pod door. 

The storage door opens fully, resting flat against the desk leg. The door is hinged using concealed soss hinges. 

The storage door opens fully, resting flat against the desk leg. The door is hinged using concealed soss hinges. 

The desk still requires several weeks of work, from fitting the exquisite drawers, finishing the leather work and finally polishing with clear wax oil. 

Leather-lined drawer made from rippled sycamore and bog oak. 

Leather-lined drawer made from rippled sycamore and bog oak. 

The commission is well on the way to completion and with a fair wind should be in situ for Christmas. I cannot wait to receive a Christmas card written on this desk. 

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