To say ‘Milk‘ was styled for Apple users might be an understatement. Streamlined like a Mac and with equal emphasis on sleek form and minimalist functionality, this computer desk might not stand the test of time (e.g. when the world truly goes wireless) but as a contemporary of-the-moment work surface it seems superbly streamlined to its purpose – whether or not you share its goals.
Is it minimalist, or the opposite: over-engineered? Most of the niche functions seem well suited to their tasks: a simple cord slot for collecting and channeling cables, translucent top-opening ‘drawers’ to see what you have stored without setting it straight on the surface and so forth. Still, the central aluminum column can be height-adjusted at the push of a button, though whether you want to rely on electronics to raise and lower your desk (or have to connect it to a wall socket) is another question.
The relatively-flat chrome (or optionally: aluminium) foot looks great in the images, but does it sit flush enough to the floor (and far enough back) so that your rolling chair will not constantly bump into the edge? As a confessed PC user, the fundamental question to me is: does the focus on style go too far, and some functionality get sacrificed in the process? After all, this is where you may spend as much as eight hours a day – if it is going to be a one-size-fits-all approach, it had better work how you want it to.
Those nagging negatives aside, there is no doubt that this is a fine work of design that may well fit the lifestyle of many modern worker bees. Still, for all of the emphasis on its designer styling and functional components, one could wish it were a bit more ergonomically crafted and made of higher-quality materials all around (rather than the MDF surface, for example, despite aluminum and chrome being employed for other areas). In short: it still seems more concept than real in many ways, but on the right track regardless.