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 it 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.
Reproductions of the retrofuturistic desk are available upon request.