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The Danish designers at Spant Studio see their AA Desk as a digital-era imperative. Troels Thorbjørnson and Kasper Baarup Holmboe began their rethink of the old analog-friendly desk with an energy-saving LED light built into the wooden beam connecting the two iconic A-frames. It replaces the traditional desk lamp with uniform and even task lighting spread over the entire work surface.
Underneath the broad desktop, a narrow recessed shelf extends the entire length for unobtrusive storage. And a slot at one end is sized to hold a power strip for plugging in computers, tablets and phone chargers neatly all in one place, replacing the usual messy welter of cords. From up-and-coming Danish brand Woud, AA Desk is meticulously crafted with frame in waxed oak and desktop and shelf in lino-coated birch veneer.
“We wanted a challenge,” say husband and wife Mia and Torben Koed, founders of Copenhagen-based Woud, and they got one. Sitting around the dinner table a couple of years ago, they realized it was time to leverage their experience in private-label furniture and create something of their own. In just a few short years, they’ve masterminded one of the most influential Danish brands around.
Now adding accessories to the mix of furniture and lighting, Woud expands on the essential simplicity of Nordic design with an emphasis on finely crafted function and startlingly original form. Embracing upcoming design talents, both from Denmark and abroad, the couple is also keen on finding new materials that fit the Scandinavian tradition. Ultimately, they say, “We believe timeless design can express personalities, inspire people and create beautiful homes.”