The Land(e)scape Desk from design student Elodie Elsenberger uses no nails, screws or glue to keep it together. The minimalist desk design was constructed using electrical cord as the only fastener; the cord was woven through the wood pieces to not only hold the parts together, but to create unique storage and organization cubbies.
As it passes over and through the surface of the table, the electrical cord adds visual and tactile interest. The topographic bumps on top and the cages down below suggest some type of alien landscape populated entirely with office supplies.
The particularly remarkable parts of the Land(e)scape Desk are the lamp (a bare light bulb in a cage) and the upright book/paper organizers which consist of tall loops of wire enforced with thin blocks of wood. The desk looks like a rather thin and delicate affair, but it is robust enough to hold all of the regular office debris we all seem to acquire over time.
The designer is known for making unusual “experimental devices,” including a street food cart that’s visibly powered by steam, so waiting customers can watch the fascinating process until their food is ready. Creative, refreshing, strange, didactic: Elodie Elsenberger’s fascinating series of objects and spaces make her a designer to watch. Her work has won numerous competitions and been displayed at such places as the Universal Exhibition in Milan. She’s also a member of the of the Matière à experiment collective.
“By their material, their form and their structure, human productions communicate information. In my work, I try to create didactic objects, giving them readability. My goal is to guide the user to question the origin, construction, manufacture, material, or operation of things. I use the material as media, information support. I invent graphic, formal and spatial languages in order to generate different, more conscious and transparent uses.”