The architects’ desk designed by Note Design Studio of Stockholm has been covered inside and out with pine veneer in a herringbone pattern, then charred black on the outside. Called Soot, the project was designed for cabinetmaker Karolina Stenfelt to demonstrate her skills while studying at Carl Malmsten School of Furniture.

It incorporates brass fittings and traditional equipment like built-in rulers, hidden magnets and rolls of paper, alongside electronic devices like USB ports and power outlets.

Good things come from taking risks and cabinetmaker Karolina Stenfelt certainly took a risk when she gave Kristoffer Fagerström from NOTE Design Studio free hands to design her journeyman project at Carl Malmsten School of Furniture. NOTE Design Studios latest design project “Marginal Notes” was anything but the easy way out and this complex project turned out to be nothing less.

The brief was to design a desk that didn’t reveal everything at first glance and would stand out in a discreet way. The choice of a desk was the result of that a journeyman project demands certain elements of construction and functions to be accepted for judgment by the jury.

Kristoffer designed an architects “black box” that combined the old analogue approach of built-in rulers, hidden magnets, sketchpaper rolls with new needs like USB hubs and power outlets.

“Pine is fine” is a shared motto of Kristoffer and Karolina and the idea of basing the desk solely on Swedish pine truly put the cabinet maker to the test. And if that wasn’t enough he wanted to use charred wood as surface finish.

The exterior is covered with the experimental burned veneer in a fishbone pattern and when you open the desk the inside is covered with the finest selection of golden pine in the same pattern.

Kristoffer designed a tar burned steel frame to carry the “black box”. The tar burning of the steel covered the shiny welding forges along with the rest of the frame with a varied sooted surface.

Custom made brass fittings as locks, rulers and hinges gleam against the sooted surface, referring to the fire used for burning the veneer.