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With this modular furniture, quickly transition from desk to drafting table, to standing table to easel! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on June 13, 2014.

With this modular furniture, quickly transition from desk to drafting table, to standing table to easel!

Nathan Frey
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Nathan Frey

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About this project

What is this?

It's a desk, or a standing desk, or an easel, or a drafting table.  The vertical mast supports the desk and shelf, stands at seven and a half feet tall, and it can easily be mounted to the wall or freestanding.  The shelf is handy for holding your tools, books and speakers, and measures 40" x 8".  The desk top is a spacious 30" x 40", perfect for your computer and large projects. 

Who's this for?

Creative people.  You do different things all the time.   Projects develop in unforeseen ways.  This single piece of furniture can accommodate a huge variety of creative processes.  I use it to paint, create layout drawings, wire electronics, carve architectural ornaments, and as a computer desk.  The shelf is handy for books and my stereo speakers.  It's great for the home or office.  The desk is portable enough to take to a job site for architects and supervisors.

What we did?

Preliminary sketch for dimensions
Preliminary sketch for dimensions

I originally conceived the design for the Frey Desk after the birth of my first daughter.  At that time, I began spending big chunks of time at home away from my studio, and I was in the middle of a carving project.  As I carved at home, hunched over the kitchen table, sewing table or garden table,  the pain in my back told me that I needed an ergonomic workspace.

An early, hand cut, prototype of the hook system vrs. the current version, computer cut.
An early, hand cut, prototype of the hook system vrs. the current version, computer cut.

 I then began the design for the Frey desk. It took a couple of years and a number of prototypes that resulted in something much more useful than the original intent. I now use the desk in my studio as well as at home. I've given out a version to an artist friend. Through these beta versions, I've made a couple of design improvements and created a very useful product.

Super Easy: easel-standing desk-drafting table-desk
Super Easy: easel-standing desk-drafting table-desk

Good for kids? No, great for kids!
Good for kids? No, great for kids!

How will we make it?

Part of the Frey Desk will be produced at a local CNC shop in Brooklyn, NY.  This shop has produced models and prototypes for me over the last five years.  The remainder of the Frey Desk will be produced in my shop  in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  We've tiered the rewards schedule to accommodate production.  The outlet shelf and the acanthus leaf will also be produced in my shop.

What we will do with funding?

Everyone has their strengths and their weaknesses.  For me, production is no problem.  My weakness is presentation and sales (I cannot bring myself to even properly name the desk, let alone sell it).  With funding, we will create a suitable retail website and package our advertisement.

Rewards (in order of $$)

Name this desk- Even though I am calling it the Frey Desk, I still feel like this is a place holder.  A wise friend pointed out that every standing desk should be called the Rumsfeld.  Maybe he is right.  Please advise.
Name this desk- Even though I am calling it the Frey Desk, I still feel like this is a place holder. A wise friend pointed out that every standing desk should be called the Rumsfeld. Maybe he is right. Please advise.
Outlet cover shelf- Even better than now having a place to set your phone while charging, you now can find your phone when leaving the house.  Cast in paintable plastic.
Outlet cover shelf- Even better than now having a place to set your phone while charging, you now can find your phone when leaving the house. Cast in paintable plastic.
Acanthus Leaf- This large (9.5" x 13"), hand carved Greek leaf is cast in gypsum cement.  It is easy to hang and easy to paint.
Acanthus Leaf- This large (9.5" x 13"), hand carved Greek leaf is cast in gypsum cement. It is easy to hang and easy to paint.
The Frey Desk
The Frey Desk

About Shipping

Even though the Frey Desk flat packs nicely, the tall vertical masts make for an oversized parcel.  The cost of shipping oversized parcels varies greatly from region to region.  In order that each backer pays the minimum in shipping, each backer will pay their shipper directly.  The desk will ship out of a commercial building in  Brooklyn, NY 11222.  The desk (option A) will be packed into two boxes estimated at 91" x 10" x 7" x 40lbs and 41" x 30" x  7" x 40lbs.  We will package and load the parcel onto your shipper's vehicle during regular business hours.  Local pick-up is great, if you can manage it. 

Stretch Rewards

The Frey Desk is a modular furniture system.  Other options and add-ons are in development.  The speed with which they are realized is relative to the funding of Option A and the email response to this campaign.  Let me know if there is something that you would like to see as an option in the Frey Desk.  Here are a couple of options that I have in either drawing, alpha or beta design stages.  If there is interest I will add rewards during this campaign.

  • Youth Version (smaller footprint, slightly smaller height)
  • Architect's version (larger footprint with adjustable table to hold full sized 36" x 48" architect's drawings
  • Painter's version- Traditional sliding block easel.  (similar to the adjustable desk, but with an easel that holds a stretched canvas) includes a smaller shelf designed especially to hang inside the easel.
  • Computer version- fixed desk (does not tilt) with sliding keyboard shelf.  Includes three shelves.
  • Additional shelves
  • Adjustable Work Lights
  • Wire clips (for organizing cables)

Risks and challenges

I've worked in production for 10+ years. While that experience is helpful in manufacturing the Frey Desk, i also understand that production, particularly novel production, has a certain amount of unforeseen risk. (For instance, my previous shop was flooded with 5 feet of water during hurricane Sandy). In light of the risk, the Frey Desk is made of common materials available from multiple, reliable distributors. There are no unique parts to be sourced. Also, the fabrication processes do not require specialized skills. This will allow us to ramp up production to meet demands.

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    4 backers

    NAME THIS DESK. We have a couple of ideas. The "Frey Desk" may just be a place holder. "The Rumsfeld" is another popular option. We are also accepting write in options.

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    7 backers Limited (23 left of 30)

    OUTLET SHELF. Thanks for the support, here's an outlet cover that helps to hold your phone (or other device) while charging. Shipping to US included.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    50 backers All gone!

    THE PLANS-Get a download link to the digital drawings. Save on shipping and cut your own copy of the Frey Desk.

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    6 backers Limited (44 left of 50)

    ORNAMENTAL ACANTHUS LEAF. Thanks for the support! here's a plaster casting of a large, hand carved Greek acanthus leaf. Shipping to US included.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $325 or more

    1 backer Limited (23 left of 24)

    THE SMALL FREY w/o shipping. Shorter at 6', but it comes with two shelves and the adjustable desk. Shipping not included. Local pickup or FOB

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    5 backers Limited (1 left of 6)

    THE SMALL FREY w/shipping. Shorter at 6', but it comes with two shelves, the adjustable desk. Shipping is included for a limited number

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    Only ships to: United States
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    4 backers Limited (8 left of 12)

    THE FREY DESK (early bird). Includes the vertical mast with feet, the adjustable desk, and a fixed shelf. Shipping not included.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    0 backers Limited (20 left of 20)

    THE FREY DESK. Includes the vertical mast with feet, the adjustable desk, and a fixed shelf. Shipping not included.

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    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (35 days)