I find it weird when a consumer electronics company starts tapping into the furnishing market. However, Teenage Engineering’s latest design ‘Field Desk’ could be a game changer in the furniture niche. It’s a $1600 modular desk with no drawers or storage section. If you are wondering where to place the company’s wireless stereo loudspeaker, the surface of the desk will have to do.
There is no hiding that Teenage Engineering (TE) designs funky items that seem inconsequential at first but are ahead of their time in the long run. Would the Field Desk be one of those? Only time will tell.
The minimal furniture boasts a barebones design that utilizes recycled aluminum rails to form the base while a double-sided Formica birch plywood is used for the top. Made from 75 percent anodized aluminum alloy by Scandinavian manufacturer Hydro, the Field Desk is designed to be modular and easily expandable. Courtesy of the ‘field rail system’ (an open-ended system of interconnecting aluminum rails), it is easy to attach custom accessories like a storage tray and tape holder, which the company would provide in the near future. You can even attach another level to the desk using m5 screws.
Originally designed to suffice their own work needs, TE calls the furniture a modular workspace.
Our office is made up of people doing a variety of tasks, each with their own needs. Since we love to build things, we decided to create our own modular work environment. Field desk acknowledges our evolving workspaces and everything that comes with them.Teenage Engineering
It’s the price of the desk that is the most curious thing about the design. Even if you are a fan of TE designs, spending your hard-earned money on a dinky sheet of plywood is way too much. Even for a fancy modular and expandable desk, $1,600 is a ridiculous price point. No disrespect to the studio, but I strongly feel they have jumped the shark.
There is nothing fancy about the design and even the functionality is too mediocre to charge such a huge price. Had they omitted a zero, who knows I’d have even placed my order. On top of that, you have to assemble it yourself. But, I don’t want to influence your opinion; feel free to comment what your thoughts are about this desk.
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