Ambitions Desk hides its many clutter-saving attributes behind an unalloyed exterior and Jonas Søndergaard's design also represents a smooth transition for Umage as it launches uniquely multifunctional furnishings.
A shallow drawer stores papers or a laptop out of sight while tapered compartments for notebooks, pens, and other work tools lie beneath sliding metal side wings. (Also handy for attaching notes with magnets or writing a reminder with a wipe-off marker.) A rear compartment holds running chargers and cords, further hidden via specially designed legs. Finished on all sides, the desk can be placed anywhere in a room or even serve as a small table.
28" h x 39" w x 24" d (71.1x99x60.9cm)
Solid oak, plywood veneer, steel
Not many people would give a successful brand a name-changing reboot but that’s exactly what Søren Ravyn Christian did with Umage, which aptly translates from the Danish as making an extra effort. Formerly lighting label Vita Copenhagen, the relaunched company also branched into furniture, boldly debuting 15 pieces in a single swoop. For Søren, it’s all about problem solving: “Our design ethos is to look at a design and think how can we make this functional?... How can we make the annoying and unattractive, functional and attractive?”
The answer is range of thoughtful offerings, from the feathered Eos pendant light to the sculptural Reader chair and multipurpose Lounge Around seating. All Umage products are flat-packed in stylish boxes, to simplfy global logistics, make the products more accessible and minimize the carbon footprint. “It means putting in the extra effort with all our designs and the whole journey and process of that piece,” Soren says. “It means being clever with packaging so we are not shipping something across the oceans that is 90% air.”