It was while working on her thesis project that architect Anna Lotova began searching for the light-hearted, hidden humor in every material and medium, says she “I was trying to give space to the natural behavior of materials, while looking for contrasts in shape, color and material.” The result, ‘Oxymoron’, is a desk composed of two alcantara-covered layers of foam placed between plywood sheets forming a “toolbox” to store documents, objects and technical devices.
“Being an architect I know what is it like spending lots of time at your work place in front of the computer and how stressful it can be. I started thinking of what actually a pleasurable home working environment can look like. In order to do this I had to make a user needs research analyzing what people like and dislike about their workplace.”
“With this research I found out that the most common problems were boring working surroundings, uncomfortable furniture and mess and disorder on the table. With my thesis project I had to solve all these problems and what was more important for me to create a new experience for user. Plus as I said I wanted to play with the materials and to have kind of experiment on their properties. That’s how I came out with an idea of Oxymoron working desk.”
“Oxymoron desk is a result of interaction between two contradictory materials that enhance each other and gain a new meaning.”