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AU$ 35,137
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 9 2019
Last updated October 9, 2019

Mesa 57 - The Desk. Plugged In. (Canceled)

The benchmark for your cleanest desk setup yet.

Mesa 57 - The Desk. Plugged In. (Canceled)

The benchmark for your cleanest desk setup yet.

AU$ 35,137
pledged of AU$ 355,000pledged of AU$ 355,000 goal
71
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 9 2019
Last updated October 9, 2019

About

We are Chris and Jobin, the carpenters,engineers and designers behind Maram. Based in Melbourne, Australia we design and create furniture that better integrates with our devices. Our first venture is Mesa 57, a desk with fully integrated cable management that plugs in.      

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Mesa 57 is a beautifully crafted, mid-century modern, seriously solid wood desk. A desk designed for the devices we use on them, minimising cable visibility, without compromising on materials and aesthetics. This is a project we have been working on for the last 2 years in our converted garage workshop, building 5 prototypes, with the 4th and 5th as our pre-production models.

We found inspiration by looking at our own cable clutter, dissatisfied with the lack of integrated solutions, we realised the potential for an updated desk design.

Key Features

Built-in Power Outlets and USB 

We built power outlets right into the desk for easy access, convenience and to hide those pesky cables. With up to 8 power outlets at your reach, you will not be hunting for wall outlets anymore.  

Note - 8 power outlets for desks sold in Australia / 6 power outlets for desks sold to US

In addition to the 8 power outlets, there is a USB-A and USB-C port for powering your laptops, mobiles or other portable devices. The USB-A is capable of providing 5V/2.1A, while the USB-C Qualcomm® can deliver 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A. The USB-C is also capable of Power Delivery (PD) Fast Charging (30W). 

Cable Management

The carefully engineered access flap gives you quick and easy access to the power outlets while keeping your cables tidy. The downward movement of the flap means you do not have to disturb your setup in order to reach the power outlets.   


In designing Mesa 57, we have thought about all the devices one would have on and around their desk and made 5 cable ports on the compartment. 

The 5 cable ports, 1 on each face, provide passage of cables from devices below and on the desk. In addition, you have the option to chose which rear leg, left or right, you want the mains power lead to exit. 

All this cable management means you can finally vacuum under your desk! 

Solid Hardwood

Located in the cool hills of Victoria, Australia is a national resource of naturally and sustainably grown timber. Eucalyptus Regnans and Eucalyptus Delegatensis, two similar and utterly beautiful hardwood species are known as Vic Ash. As one of Australia's trusted hardwoods it has been used for generations by builders, designers and architects for its stability, strength and beautiful grain patterns. 

For all these reasons and more we chose to make our table-tops and legs entirely out of Vic Ash. 

We love dat ash so much, we can't let it go to waste. So, we are upcycling the leg off-cuts to make unique serving boards which you can pledge for right here. 

Serving Board made from off-cuts

Design

Clean lines and smooth curves with our signature asymmetrical bevel and contoured cut-out. This mid-century modern design will add sophistication to any setup.

Wireless Charger

The future may very well be wireless and with our devices definitely heading that way, we built a wireless charger into the desk in a way that does not interfere with the beautiful Vic Ash grain. 

You can choose 1 of 4 zones to have your wireless charger built in, to suit your setup.   

Wireless Charger Location Options

The wireless charger is easily accessible from underneath the desk giving you the flexibility to upgrade should wireless charging standards change.  

 Note - Wireless charger uses one USB-A port on power board.

Magnetic Hooks

We decided to go with magnetic hooks as this allows you to move them around and place them on either side of the desk. Being magnetic means, if you bump into them, they easily detach, protecting your knees and the hooks!

The standard magnetic hook is capable of hanging items weighting up to approximately 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs). 

For the heavy users, we created the Big Boi. This titanic double arm hook, while still magnetic, can hang items weighting up to 6kg (13.3 lbs), perfect for those beefy headphones, chunky cables, delicate handbags, 2 baseball caps, and smol pets and babies.  

All hooks are made of solid Vic Ash with an inset neodymium magnet, stained in either Espresso or Sand.

Stain and Colour

Mesa 57 comes in 2 stain/colour options:

  • Espresso with black compartment and black power board
  • Sand with white compartment and white power board 

Suited to any lifestyle

Mesa 57 is suited for every type of user.  

 Ready to get your desk plugged in? Bark us up now by pledging!

Due to differing electrical standards, dimensions of the power board on the  Australian and US versions vary as shown below. 

Our intent is to make Mesa 57 accessible to a wider audience and while we are capable of producing these desks in our workshop, we know we can produce Mesa 57 in a safer, more efficient and cost-effective manner. To make this possible, we have 2 approaches:

  • Scaling up our workshop as manufacturing in larger quantities reduces material costs
  • Reducing labour intensive tasks by using CNC machinery to semi-automate repetitive tasks

This is how we have budgeted your funds:

Jobin and Chris

Risks and challenges

We’ve been working on our prototypes for almost 2 years and since we’re the manufacturers we know the processes and steps involved to build the Mesa 57. That being said, there are some steps that are beyond our control. We have, however, included contingency in our timeline so as to allow for any delays in materials or equipment supply or setting up.

Shipping and Logistics is another aspect that is outside our control but rest assured, we will take actions that is in the best interest of our customers.

We believe that communication is key in establishing trust and building solid and lasting relationships. We will keep you continually informed on all the updates and how the project is progressing.

We have eliminated and mitigated all risks to be as low as practicable and will endeavor to have you receive the Mesa 57 right on time.

Just as how excited you must be to use the Mesa 57, we’re as excited to start building them.

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Environmental commitments

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Long-lasting design

Our table top and legs are made from Vic Ash, a hardwood that lasts a lifetime when maintained properly.

Reusability and recyclability

Our packaging material will be made from materials that can be recycled.We will avoid using any form of plastic where practicable opting for recycled alternatives such as cardboard packaging made from recycled fibre and kraft paper. We are working with reputable local packaging companies to ensure both our product and environment are looked after.

Sustainable materials

The lumber we use is 100% sourced from regrowth forests. Details can be found here https://vicash.com.au/why-victorian-ash-is-sustainable/

Environmentally friendly factories

The best part about us being the manufacturers is having complete control of our production process. Our ultimate goal is to operate as a net positive team, environmentally and societally.

To get there, we will start with getting the basics right.
- Choosing sustainable materials

- Continuous improvement of manufacturing efficiency, using proven workflow practices, think automotive production lines. - Reducing material waste, one way we are doing this right now is by using our timber off-cuts to make serving boards. We have future plans to reuse our saw dust into usable products too.

- Promoting a positive and safe working environment. We know the importance of this all too well, given our combined 20 years of engineering experience in small private firms all the way through to large corporations. We strongly believe a positive working culture that promotes independent thought breeds creativity and leads to a happier team!

Sustainable fulfillment and distribution

Our desk is designed to flat pack thus when transporting it takes up the smallest volume possible. Being solid wood, they weigh quite a bit at ~42kg packaged.

Currently the most efficient and feasible way to transport large heavy goods such as ours to the US from Australia is via sea-freight, which is our chosen delivery method to the US distribution centre. Upon funding, we intend on liaising with logistics experts to further improve on our current shipping routes and methods.

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    Pledge AU$ 2 or more About $2

    Thank You

    Like our concept, but don't need a desk right now? Help support us to reach our goal. As a thank you, we will put your name on the "Backer Wall" in our humble workshop.

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    Serving Boards

    Fine solid hardwood serving boards made from off-cuts of the Mesa 57.

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    Pledge AU$ 690 or more About $465

    Early Bird (AU$200 off Retail)

    Get the Mesa 57 at a special Early Bird price.
    - Add AU$50 /US$35 for Wireless Charger
    - Add AU$50 /US$35 for Magnetic Hooks (x2)
    - Add AU$50 /US$35 for Big Boi (x1)

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    • Mesa 57 with 8 Power Outlets (AU) / 6 Power Outlets (US)
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    Pledge AU$ 740 or more About $499

    Punctual Bird (AU$150 off Retail)

    Get the Mesa 57 at a special price for the Punctual Birds.
    - Add AU$50 /US$35 for Wireless Charger
    - Add AU$50 /US$35 for Magnetic Hooks (x2)
    - Add AU$50 /US$35 for Big Boi (x1)

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    Pledge AU$ 790 or more About $532

    Late Bird (AU$100 off Retail)

    Get the Mesa 57 at a still special price for the Late Birds
    - Add AU$50 /US$35 for Wireless Charger
    - Add AU$50 /US$35 for Magnetic Hooks (x2)
    - Add AU$50 /US$35 for Big Boi (x1)

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    Pledge AU$ 1,380 or more About $929

    Twin Birds

    Get 2 Mesa 57 desks at the Early Bird price and reduced shipping.
    - Add AU$50 /US$35 for 1 Wireless Charger
    - Add AU$50 /US$35 for 1 set of Magnetic Hooks (x2)
    - Add AU$50 /US$35 for 1 Big Boi

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