Grid System: Ying Chang’s Customizable Mesh Desk Adapts to Your Busy Life

Posted On Thu, October 15, 2015 By

Posted On Thu, October 15, 2015 By In Design, Furniture

With limited space, New Yorkers need to be smart about the way they live and work. So if you often find yourself multi-tasking at home, this design may be right up your alley. Royal College of Art graduate Ying Chang has come up with the modular “Grid System,” a piece of furniture that allows users to plug and unplug different storage boxes and trays according to their needs.

Ying Chang’s Grid System takes inspiration from the work of Swiss and Dutch graphic design pioneers Josef Müller-Brockmann and Wim Crouwel. Like the creative duo that preceded him, Chang reworks a two-dimensional grid, typically used to organize graphic layouts, and applies it to a three-dimensional, multifunctional desk composed of movable modules.

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Ying Chang, Modular Mesh Desk, Grid System, Royal College of Art, plug-in furniture, multifunctional desk, 2 dimensional grid system, Josef Müller-Brockmann, Wim Crouwel

A steel frame holds the boxes together while aluminum rods are used to attach the boxes to the frame. Shelves and accessories can then be added to the grid as desired. In addition to the boxes, the desk also comes with wood and colored trays that provide accents of color and flat surfaces to read, write, and even dine.

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As the designer points out, “As living spaces get smaller and merge with working spaces, the use of tables, desks and shelving are evolving, yet their basic forms remain largely unchanged.”

We think Chang’s solution to today’s space challenges is spot on.

Discover more of Ying Chang’s functional designs here.

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