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Two-Way Desk

The Two-Way table is the complement to the Kiku Standing Desk. Kiku wanted to surprise her husband Johnny with a gift. At 85 years old, with an active and engaged mind (and strong legs), he had come to realize that sitting still for long periods caused him significant lower back pain. But he wanted to continue reading, writing and computing at his desk. Kiku initially went on the search for an easel that would allow him to stand or lean on a stool. No luck. So this past spring, she and her four hounds wound up at my door with a question: Can you build something that will help Johnny with his lower back pain? Simultaneously, the idea of standing desks gained some measure of popular recognition with an article in the New York Times.

Based on his height (5'10"), we decided to build a standing desk (44") and this desk (34"). I added through-drawers so that he could access the contents from either side of the desk without having to walk around. These open both directions and serve as trays. Johnny wanted it to be an heirloom for his children one day— a "lasting" piece. That suited my aesthetic perfectly.

Black walnut with sassafrass drawer interiors. Aprons and drawer fronts are formed from single board. Dovetailed drawer construction; drawer bottoms laminated sassafrass. The name is derived from the unique drawers. They are registered in their central position with rare earth magnets. L 63 x W 30 x H 33.