Todd Bracher Distil Desk and Table Equally appropriate in a small office and work room, Distil takes work seriously without taking over. Designer Todd Bracher ensures this equilibrium by refining the idea of a desk to its essence. With solid wood legs, eased edges, moulded plywood top and refreshingly honest answers to handling wires and storage, this desk is approachable, physically and aesthetically. Without storage, Distil is an elegant table. With it, in vertical or horizontal orientation, Distil is a desk. Cleverly designed to keep devices and chargers close at hand but out of sight, Distil\u2019s laminate-lined storage units mount on the left or the right. A removable internal drawer can double as a desktop in-tray; a soft lined bottom ensures items won\u2019t mar the interior. Distil\u2019s simple, straightforward solution to wires and cords channels them the length of the desk through cut-outs in the cross stretchers. The essential nature of Distil extends to its assembly: it can be put together using a simple tool in just a few minutes. Design Story Todd Bracher has created everything from glare-free lighting to clothing made from cork. When designing, he says, \u201cI study very carefully how people interact with objects, and I try to capture what\u2019s meaningful in that exchange.\u201d He subscribes to what he calls \u201cirreducible complexity, boiling a thing down to its most fundamental aspect\u201d, so that an object consists of only what is essential to its purpose. With the Distil Desk, he studied how one interacts with a work surface and asked himself: \u201cWhy are table edges so sharp?\u201d Remedying this obvious, but rarely addressed issue led to the creation of folded edges that are easy on the arms. He continued asking questions: \u201cHow can we make it lightweight and structural?\u201d Moulded plywood was the answer. \u201cWhere would a carpenter hide the wires?\u201d They would thread them through cut-outs in the cross-stretchers. In this way, constraints drove creativity.