Table with a sound design
Domo, $1995 domo.com.au ★★★★
IT LOOKS like the world’s most stylish school desk, but La Boite Concept’s creation is much more than furniture. Designed to be a modern version of an old-school writer’s table, this French-made desk plugs into the wall, delivers power to connected devices, and serves as a capable sound system.
The La Boite Concept LD130 consists of a 69cm-wide desktop with a leather-covered top to keep your computer, and other gadgets, in place.
Its legs are made from ecologically friendly wood and can be lacquered, for a modern look, or left to show off their natural grain.
The desktop itself is quite thick but with good reason. Three amplifiers hide inside this desk’s body, fed by seven precisely made drivers. They include two Kevlar cones, two silk-domed tweeters, two wide-angle rear speakers and one 6-inch aluminium woofer.
Their output can be controlled from the top of the desk.
The idea is that users plant a laptop on this powered desk, plug the computer into its USB DAC port and listen to music as it comes from beneath the PC. Alternatively, users can plug a phone or MP3 player into its AUX jack.
On the downside, this desk leaves space for three connections but provides power for just one. It’s also quite small for a computer desk and costs as much as a computer you’d place on top of it.