Understudy_chartreuse 11.30.24 AM_0

This Desk’s Minimal Design is Big on Social and Environmental Impact

July 21, 2021

The new UnderSTUDY desk from Formr is minimal in materiality and aesthetic, but big on positive impact. The San Francisco-based company employs formerly incarcerated individuals to craft pieces like UnderSTUDY using construction waste exclusively.

At-home offices. Commercial workspaces. College dorm rooms. Public libraries. However and wherever you work, having a comfortable and convenient place to get tasks done is critical. That’s why San Francisco-based design company Formr created UnderSTUDY, a new desk option meant to easily fit into its surroundings.

Designed for creatives and those looking to create a dedicated at-home work space, this wall-mounted desk aims to offer just the right amount of surface area for a laptop, sketch pad or notebook.

UnderSTUDY is minimal in both materiality and aesthetic, and can be smoothly implemented into any space without having to create an entire office setup. Plus, it’s furniture with a positive purpose. Formr employs formerly incarcerated individuals to craft pieces like UnderSTUDY using construction waste exclusively.

“Many companies choose not to hire formerly incarcerated individuals, but we believe in giving people hope for a successful fresh start and a second chance,” said Sasha Plotista, Formr’s founder.

The company also does its part to help divert some of the 500 million-plus tons of construction debris that is generated in the U.S. annually. 

“If we can divert even a small percentage of waste from going into overflowing landfills, and use it to make ‘cool stuff,’ why not?” Plotista asked. “We create relationships with contractors to get access to job sites. Then we sort through the debris and bring back the best materials to our shop. After removing nails and other hardware, we clean the material and begin fabrication.”

Now that’s good design doing good. Review the specs behind UnderSTUDY below.

  • 5 colors to choose from—teal, chartreuse, off white, charcoal and dark orange
  • Supports 2 important causes: recidivism and construction waste
  • 1 full day to produce one UnderSTUDY desk
  • 3 available sizes—small (17.5” wide), medium (24” wide) and large (33.5” wide)
  • $399 price point
  • Weighs in at 12 lb., 14 oz
  • Comprised of 2 materials, salvaged wood and recyclable steel

Read next: Charleston’s MUSC Hospital Sets New Precedent for Inclusive, Autism-Friendly Healthcare Design

About the Author

Adrian Schley | Associate Editor

Adrian Schley is an Associate Editor for i+s, where she has been covering the commercial interior design industry since 2018. Her work can also be found in BUILDINGS and Meetings Today. 

Sponsored Recommendations

An All-Star Team Reimagines the Historic Fulton Fish Market

The 1907 Tin Building travels seaward to its now Pier 17 location as Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s latest culinary endeavor, carried by fellow New Yorkers designers Roman and Williams...

ASID Report Examines the Rise of Adaptive Reuse

Read on to see which CRE markets are benefiting and how are they riding the renovation wave.

The November IG Takeover: CRÈME Architecture & Design

Get to know founder Jun Aizaki and learn how you can host a takeover of your own.

The 2023 i+s Editors’ Holiday Gift Guide

It's back! Check out some of our editors' must-have gifts this holiday season, and come back throughout December for more.

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of I+S Design, create an account today!