In today’s world, we don’t always look for functionality in our inventions. With the rise in appreciation for art and design, inventors are striving to create the next product that not only provides a solution to a problem or issue, but to make sure that it looks attractive or aesthetically pleasing. Michiel van der Kley appears to have succeeded in this by creating a mobile desk that looks fantastic.
Unlike most desk chairs or office desks this unit has the ability to fold away and with attached castors can be easily moved anywhere. The desk and chair has a ball design that can split into two halves. The first half reveals a swivel chair that can twist 360 degrees and the second half reveals an adjustable desk that can hold a laptop or anything else that you might need from a small desk. Once the ball is open, the wheels lock to prevent any movement of the desk when the user is seated, a carefully thought out solution.
The Globus has a simple construction. Mounted on a cast aluminium base with wheels that are able to support its white lacquered baydour shell, this piece of furniture is not only functional but a piece of at that will be a point of conversation when people see it.
When looking at this design you cannot help wonder whether the famous “bubble chair” might have influenced the design. In any case this multifunctional desk, originally manufactured in 2006 has evolved into what Artifort now call the Globit desk. Finished in black and white, the Globit includes a mini PC built into the desk half of the unit which gives this desk even more functionality. This unit is available to the consumer market; however I doubt we will be seeing this in homes across the country as prices start from over $11,000!