Sometimes you just need a flat surface to work on, but sometimes, it would be nice to have a self-healing cutting mat surface, storage for writing implements, space for gadgets and a drafting table-style incline. The Homework Desk by designer Robin Grasby gives you all of the above, so you have complete control over the functionality of your workspace.

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Customizable Homework Desk trestles

“I’m interested in developing systems that bring added value to the user, rather than purely aesthetic objects,” says the designer.

From storage to accessories, the modular Homework Desk is totally customizable. Start with two trestle legs and add felt slings, a birch drawer and a base surface.

Customizable Homework Desk surface

Then choose from a flat, smooth Formica laminate surface in a variety of colors and finishes, a dry-wipe magnet board or a self-healing cutting mat in full or half widths. These pieces fit together like a puzzle so you can organize them just right for your needs.

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Customizable Homework Desk details

There’s also a book rack and various inserts including pen holders, phone chargers and vertical filing. A built-in beech laser-etched rule makes it easy to measure things right on your work surface. The modular design leaves it up to you to decide exactly how basic or complex you want your workspace to be.

Grasby Altrock recycled marble

Grasby is also responsible for a stunning set of furniture made of reclaimed marble. “Altrock” is a coffee table, console and dining table featuring chunks of unusable marble set in resin for a unique, almost terrazzo-like appearance.

“We brought five pieces to LDF to show the scope available using the principals of each design,” Grasby told Dezeen. “The lean-to table for example can work as a small side table up to a large console or sideboard just through adapting the scale. Everything we make is bespoke, so the idea is that the customer can adapt the design almost limitlessly to suit their needs and restrictions, both functional and spatial.”

Grasby altrock recycled marble in resin

“We create angled cuts in the slabs, which can then be rejoined giving the appearance of both a solid mass and a folded, sheet-like surface. This is amplified by the continuation of the marble chunks around the surface as the slabs are cut and ‘folded’ with almost no waste,” said Grasby.