Hidden Desk: Secret Spaces in a Simple Wood Dining Table


It is a desk hiding in plain sight. This straight-planed, wood-framed table looks like the ultimate in ordinary, bland and basic home furniture. Beneath its deceptively simple surface, however, are a set of secret spaces – niches with particular purposes covered by sliding panels. A few quick moves transform this from a symmetrical dinner table design to a handy home office desk.

Flush slots are visible only upon close inspection – the top looks undifferentiated from a distance and the structural trim below the surface is standard (and thus not suspicious at first glance either). Flat panel pieces can be pushed and pulled to one side, revealing small drawers as well as other custom-fit functions.

Great for a studio or bachelor (or bachelorette) pad, there are slots for pens, papers, even a hidden USB hub, all done in plastic that contrasts with the wood grain above. Razy2 – the designer duo that created this dual-function furniture object – have a background that blends elements of engineering, industrial and interior design, much like this hybrid collaborative project itself does.

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