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’s 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’t mar the interior.
Distil’s 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.
Todd Bracher has created everything from glare-free lighting to clothing made from cork. When designing, he says, “I study very carefully how people interact with objects, and I try to capture what’s meaningful in that exchange.” He subscribes to what he calls “irreducible complexity, boiling a thing down to its most fundamental aspect”, 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: “Why are table edges so sharp?” Remedying this obvious, but rarely addressed issue led to the creation of folded edges that are easy on the arms. He continued asking questions: “How can we make it lightweight and structural?” Moulded plywood was the answer. “Where would a carpenter hide the wires?” They would thread them through cut-outs in the cross-stretchers. In this way, constraints drove creativity.