Even the most ardent 19th century futurists couldn’t have dreamed up this writing desk, which merges modern technology and conveniences with antique aesthetics. When it’s all closed up, the Tempel desk by Swedish designer Love Hultén has a rather mysterious look, with a glowing planetarium locking indicator. Open this steampunk furniture wonder up and you’ll find a range of electronic tools.
Constructed of ash, walnut and brass, the table was custom-made for the designer’s own use crafting small electronic projects. The lid of the traditional writing desk conceals a pop-up monitor, computer, speaker system, built-in soldering station and other tools.
The amber-toned lighting, brass accents and old-fashioned dials contrast with USB ports and electrical cords. Tools held to the back surface with pegs disappear when the monitor is raised. Twenty-six drawers offer plenty of storage for additional electronics and other small items.
“The integration of electronic equipment such as a built-in high-end computer and a 2.1 speaker system really enables it to function as a high-tech working environment. The inside also features a motor driven hidden pop-up 24″ monitor covered in a walnut frame and a built-in soldering/electronic working station with customized tools, tailored after the owner’s needs. Every detail is processed and adapted to fit the concept in whole. The tech panels may look like something taken from a James Bond movie, but everything displayed has a function. The backlit reservoir hosts an effervescent liquid down the left panel, which exposes the the computer’s beautiful cooling system.”
Reproductions of the retrofuturistic desk are available upon request, and you should definitely check out the rest of the designer’s work for more standout pieces.
“Love Hultén fuses traditional craftsmanship with modern technology, creating unique objects in an unexpected merge of form and function. Specializing in creating one-of-a-kind exclusive objects, Hultén offers a genuine and personal experience. Everything is produced, polished, and assembled by Hultén himself in Gothenburg, Sweden. “