The Raak Mai desk is a multifunctional, versatile desk conceptualized for designers.
Finding the right desk to meet our working and creative needs is essential to stay productive. When it comes to our work, our desks must rise to the occasion, sometimes literally. Standing desks tend to help our posture when working from our computers all day.
Angled desks find the ideal tilt for sketching and drawing up plans. Then, different desks carry unique storage options, keeping all of our tools within arm’s reach at all times. The Raak Mai desk from industrial designer Laura Rodríguez combines all of the above to provide a multifunctional, versatile desk for all working needs.
Designer: Laura Rodríguez
Preliminary inspired by the needs of designers, Rodríguez hoped to incorporate analog mechanisms that work to take care of digital tasks. While many of the elements of the Raak Mai desk can be adjusted manually, the overall structure of the desk was fitted to ensure the digital needs of modern technology could be met.
The Raak Mai desk hosts an array of different modes, allowing users to adjust the desk’s height, tilt, and storage capabilities according to their working needs. When designing or sketching, users can angle the desk to their desired tilt for accurate drawing sessions. An integrated winch allows users to manually adjust the desk to a standing height.
Several USB ports let users charge their electrical appliances throughout the workday. Storage drawers can be found throughout the desk’s build, allowing users to organize their stationery as needed. Then, a footrest provides space for users to prop their feet while working.
Propped up on two steel legs, the desk’s table is defined by its wooden build. Relying on modern construction methods like 3D printing and laser cutting, Rodríguez employed precision-based technologies to ensure seamless joinery and connections.
The drawers, chest, and main tabletop would be built using laser cutting technology into individual modules that would connect to the rest of the Raak Mai desk. Then, 3D printing would be used for constructing the desk’s overall frame. Finally, Rodríguez envisions the Raak Mai desk finished with a glossy layer of primer.