This stunning desk will dominate any room with its mid-century design

Minimalism has never meant small, although many products that embrace this design philosophy tend to minimize the space they occupy. When it comes to desks and work tables, there has also been a tendency to aim more towards space efficiency, especially as offices and homes often have limited space for large furniture. There are cases, however, where a desk must be the focal point of a room, especially in offices designed around work or in the presence of a single person. If you have enough space for that, this wood and glass protractor is sure to be an eye-catching piece thanks to its clean, minimalist design that makes the desk appear to magically float in the air.

Designer: Kardiel

Based on the original by Italian architect and designer Carlo Mollino, the 1949 Protractor Desk combines a mid-century aesthetic with modern design techniques to create an architectural art piece worthy of becoming the centerpiece of any office or room. It uses very simple shapes but has an air of sophistication through the use of fine materials and organic lines.

While literally the most minimal part of the piece, the incredibly thin legs of the mid-century Protractor desk immediately grab your attention, perplexing your mind as to how it is able to hold the glass tabletop aloft. Shaped like a boomerang or open compass, the wooden beams form intersecting and contrasting lines that give the table a dynamic character. The horizontal beam has oblong cutouts which give the illusion of an invisible frame. There is little to obscure your view under the desk, leaving ample room for a chair to slide into.

Of course, its airy look is just an illusion, and the beautiful desk legs on one side are balanced by a slatted wooden cube that houses five drawers. Four stainless steel bolts connect the box to the end of the wooden beam. Its solid and simple shape creates a stark contrast to the slender legs on the opposite side, providing both visual and structural balance to the desk. In front of the box is a single open pull-out drawer that seems to float in the air, supported only by two steel rods. This reinforces the almost ethereal design of the table, which complements and contrasts the earthy tones of its wooden body.

The 1949 protractor desk is definitely long for normal desk measurements, about 98.4 inches long to be precise. You’ll need to reserve a lot of space for this piece of furniture, but given its dominant presence and eye-catching design, it’s one you’ll really want to stand out anyway.

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