Work is Play
March 13, 2012
The Homework Table may not sound appealing by name, but this home-office desk by Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc carries little of the loathsome weight associated with the burden we call homework. Instead, it is a delicate object, one that fuses utility with playful and whimsical allusions. “I wanted to introduce a certain type of elegance and emotion into furniture that is usually very technically dominated,” Zupanc tells Metropolis Magazine.
Zupanc’s flat tabletop is lacquered in green laminate, its color and texture evocative of the elementary school furniture of Zupanc’s childhood. Its defining feature, an immense accordion-like filing compartment that reveals itself upon the turning of a small golden crank, introduces the magic of a mechanical toy into an otherwise decidedly adult object. Through this whimsical feature, the home-office desk exudes the same preciousness as an old music box or a tin wind-up toy. In full expansion, the billowing paper compartment extends open like an elegant fan, delicate and weightless, yet grand and utterly poetic in its expression.