This is a new classic. This is the future and the present of desks. This is work from home. This is what people want in their homes now. Gone are the giant clunker desks with cabinets and shelves up the wazoo. Gone are the popularity of veneers and cheap materials, of modularity and over-building, gimmicky mass-produced crap. This is what people want to be productive- they want something clean and inspiring, they want something natural and solid, they want something beautiful and modern. They want a laptop, and small plant and a notepad and they want to get to work. This is what's up.
This Claro Walnut desk with black handmade cabriole legs in Brookline is a really great example of the unique fusion of design elements in which Cannon Hill Woodworking specializes. This is the future of instant classics in desk designs, and we make them better than anyone. Hand flattened, hand sanded, live edge slab top with hand carved cabriole legs and two pen drawers. The design came together after a lengthy sourcing process to hand pick the best materials for an exquisite color palette.
We started with several potential designs for this L shaped walnut desk. It is 6 feet by 8 feet. 24" deep on one side and 36" deep at the other side. We went back and forth with the client, and he taped it all out on his floor. His family had moved into a new home and this alcove section of the basement was going to become his home office. Right down to the end we were tweaking the dimensions of the desk. When we put it in place, it was a perfect fit, and has the exact dimensions that the client decided would work best for his work flow.
This live edge walnut desk and chair set is about as custom as it gets. The clients met us in our Seaport showroom with an idea- a dream let's call it- and a number of dimension and functional requirements on a hand-drawn sketch. They wanted it to fit a specific wall in their Beacon Hill home. It needed to leave room for the door to the roof deck to swing open, notch over the baseboard, have air vents for the electronics, have the chairs tuck all the way in, have pen drawers, and sliding drawers for coffee and plates, but still have room for knees.
This custom built desk which now lives in Brighton, Massachusetts has a walnut live edge top with an oak bowtie in the corner. The filing cabinet has one file drawer and two storage drawers with oak fronts and handmade walnut pulls. There is also a pen drawer. The A frame leg on the right side is steel.
In this case, the client already had a red filing cabinet that they really wanted to incorporate into a desk for their home office. They came to Cannon Hill looking for help in designing and building the rest of the desk. Live edge slabs can be expensive, so we determined that adding a live-edge piece to three 7-inch wide walnut boards would be a cost effective way to achieve our clients' aesthetic preference. In photos and in person, you can hardly tell the difference. We added thin metal hairpin legs, so as not to detract from the bold color of the red cabinet.