Robin Grasby graduated in 2009 with first class honours in 3D Design: Furniture and Product from Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK. Driven by a desire to create rational, enduring, functional furniture for mass production. His design process starts and ends with the user; identifying what they need and want from a piece of furniture and how best it can enhance their lives.
With the increasing trend for home-working, Robin wanted to create a piece of flexible office/studio furniture that could be aimed at the mass market. To this end, he began his final major project by interviewing and photographing the workspaces of people in a variety of different proffessions, including designers, architects, illustrators, print makers, teachers and students. This informed a deeper understanding of exactly how people use the space around them, and how their environment directly influences their enjoyment and productivity at work.
From this research “Homework” was born.
Robin designed the desk by focusing on two zones; the work surface and the storage area below. In each case the aesthetic appeal is created by a graphic simplicity in his approach to flexibility and functionality.
The work surface is comprised of interchangeable tiles of various sizes, which simply slide into place on the desktop and come in a choice of materials and finishes including Desktop LinoTM and FormicaTM. In this way the user can select different colours and textures to customise the aesthetic aswell as functional aspects of their desk to match their taste and needs. There is also the option to include a built-in adjustable drawing board, as well as a self-healing cutting-mat tile with printed grid and a magnetic whiteboard tile for notes and doodles.
I want one.