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Crowdfunding For A Melbourne Made Plugged In Desk

Two Australian carpenters have constructed a hardwood, mid-century modern desk called the Mesa 57, which combines the aesthetics of Victorian Ashwood with the ergonomics and minimalism of the modern workstation.

Crowdfunding has begun onĀ Kickstarter with the early bird backing price of $690 ($200 off the expected retail price).

The creators, Chris and Jobin, are hoping to reach their goal of $355,000 by 24 October.

Available in two stain colour options from the Espresso finish with black compartment and black power board to a Sand finish with white compartment and white power board.

Supported by designers, engineers and manufactures at their company Maram, Chris and Jobin are based out of Melbourne where they create furniture designed to integrate with modern devices like our smartphones and smart speakers.

Their first venture into this world of integrated furniture is the Mesa 57, a fully cable managed desk that “plugs in”.

Up to eight power outlets have been built straight into the desk plus an additional USB A and Type C (30W Fast Charging capable) connector for charging your devices.

It should be noted for those purchasing from the US, that the max amount of power outlets is six.

A wireless charger can even be implemented into the desk for $50, right under the Vic Ash wood grain, which does require the use of the USB-A port on the power board.

You can choose up to 1 of 4 zone locations to have your wireless charger built-in depending on your setup preferences.

Designed to minimise cable visibility, the desk has built-in cable channels to run wires via the ‘carefully’ engineered access flap that provides access to the in-built power outlets.

Considering devices that are used on and around the desk as well, the Mesa 57 comes with five cable ports which provide passage for cables from devices on, above or below the desk.

You even have the choice of routing the main power lead down one of the rear legs of the desk, giving you flexibility when positioning the desk in your room or office space.

At a reasonable weight of 35kg, the desk is 1.6 metres long, 0.72m deep and with a height of 0.73 metres.

Magnetic hooks have been installed to the underside of the Mesa 57, capable of hanging items weighing up to approximately 1.5kg.

For anything heavier there is the ‘Big Boi’ double arm hook which can carry items up to 6kg in weight.

Both hooks can be added for $50, with the regular hooks coming as a pair.

Thinking in terms of sustainability, all the offcuts from the Victorian Ash are upcycled to create serving boards, which can be purchased in addition to the desk for $45.

The timeline for the Mesa 57 expects production to begin in October 2019, with order fulfilment by March of next year at a rate of 40 to 80 units per week.

All orders will be delivered in flat-packs in three parts, to arrive in Australia by April 2020 and for US customers May 2020.





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