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Homework table caters to messy people with limited space


February 6, 2013

With an aluminum gutter keeping textbooks and more within reach, Homework offers messy peo...

With an aluminum gutter keeping textbooks and more within reach, Homework offers messy people some salvation

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If you're working from home, the first thing you need is a good environment in which to operate, whatever the task at hand may be. Lots of space isn't a must, but a solid desk, a comfortable chair, and a distinct lack of clutter are all necessities. Homework, by Slovakian designer Tomas Kral, is an attempt at marrying the need for practicality with the need for calm, cleanliness, and everything being in its right place.

Homework is a rectangular ash table with a difference. An over-sized sheet of cast aluminum is placed between the two layers of wood which make up the surface. The edges of the aluminum are folded to form a curved gutter running around three sides of the table. The gutter then becomes an extension of the table, which can be used as a toolbox to store items such as textbooks, documents, and photos.

Anything that you need to have close at hand but which you don't want cluttering up your immediate work space can be stored within easy reach, bringing some organization to the surrounding chaos. The Tambour Table provides a different solution to the same problem.

Homework being used to its full potential, with the books neatly stacked within the gutter...

Homework measures 156 x 79 x 83 cm (61 x 31 x 33 inches). Each desk costs €2,980 (US$4,000), and is available to buy through a range of specialist retailers across Europe and beyond.

Sources: Tomas Kral, Super-ette via NOTCOT

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6th February, 2013 @ 01:24 pm PST

Great idea! I'll wait till IKEA makes one and save $3800, however.

Todd Dunning
6th February, 2013 @ 02:44 pm PST

OMG - I need one of these!

Suzanne M Ward
6th February, 2013 @ 04:08 pm PST

Very clever- although no use for me because I am dyspraxic (ie extremely clumsy) and prone to spilling beer on my desk (and in the keyboard, etc...) when I've had a skinful. Anything in the 'gutters' would get bathed in beer!

7th February, 2013 @ 05:17 am PST

I like the way they handled the electrical.


This is perfect for you, Just don't load up the gutters and you can recapture and finish drinking your beer by putting the mug at the exit!

Paul Anthony
7th February, 2013 @ 08:53 am PST

This is a brilliant product, it would be even more brilliant if they offered a retrofit for existing desks

Robert Yawe
7th February, 2013 @ 09:33 pm PST

The most important feature for a homework table is a place to bang your head on.

8th February, 2013 @ 05:31 am PST
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