The Last Writing Desk


Masterly Milan, Salone del Mobile 2016


In the 15th century monks made copies of their manuscripts on chests with a sloped top, and in the centuries that followed we can see how the writing desk evolved. When we take a look at the assortment of writing desks throughout the ages, we can see one common factor which prevails throughout;
the presence of storage space.

In today’s world of new technologies the arrival of the laptop has had a profound impact on the style of the writing desk and hence the creation
of The Last Writing Desk.

Although this desk would not be out of place in a modern domestic interior, The Last Writing Desk is also perfect for (semi-)public spaces. For example, in the lobby of an office building or airport or in a library, the design invites people to sit and check their email or work on a project.

Material: legs stainless steel, desktop plastic finished with leather

…the overt function of the desk is diminished but its symbolic function remains, to mark a space for private thought…
Emma Crichton-Miller – FINANCIAL TIMES space is unnecessary. You have minimal needs: a place to sit, and a place to type. The desk is equally minimal…
Margaret Rhodes – WIRED







furniture maker
Rutger Graas

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