edition

2011

title

Secretaire

author

Małgorzata Żółkiewska (PL)

degree

B.A. project

school

Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

Design Department

supervisor

Jerzy Porębski

To quote an old classic [Lech Wałęsa – trans.], I am “for, and even against it.” On the one hand, we have a naive compact “holy grail” of perhaps every furniture maker: two, three, four, even five things in one, which normally ends badly, if it ends at all. On the other hand, the designer has made quite a fine piece of furniture! The form and functionality are faultless, the designer has skillfully solved the problem and consistently organized a small work station in the upright position. It has something of the Swedish approach to furniture, and Ikea surely would not be ashamed to have such a product in its catalogue. Some would see this as a compliment, while others would see it as a “commercial” pigeonholing of the design. But isn’t this what furniture designers are after? The secretaire does a good job with a few essential functions, doesn’t take up much space, lights up, and has an utterly neutral style. And here my doubts emerge; in an era of nanotechnologies and organic structures produced by 3D printers, can we still allow ourselves aesthetic neutrality in a product? I myself would like such furniture. Maybe in a different shade of wood, or with a fluorescent desktop.