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FUTUREDESK Digital Portal

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  • “Merging design, technology and style" - Core77
    Most of us have grown so accustomed to the concept of a desk—that rectilinear slab of wood or, if we’re feeling frisky, glass, which sits atop four legs in our office spaces—that we’ve come to accept it at face value. That’s our natural inclination. But Antonioni works from a different point of view. For his part, he won’t accept the things in our midst until he knows they fully meet our needs. He took a look at the traditional desk—and started asking questions.

    Suspecting that the desk as we know it was due for an update, Antonioni wondered: Does it have to be a clunky, rectangular slab of wood on four legs? Is that really the best solution for the information age? One look at the renderings for the FutureDesk makes clear the answer. Antonioni envisions a piece of furniture that, when realized, will become an extension of our lives, a personal computer that also happens to be a desk. The FutureDesk’s surface is composed of e-Film—a micro-thin display technology—sandwiched between angled panes of glass. Those panes exhibit an array of downloadable, digital tools—including various computing windows and keyboards—as 2D interfaces. Antonioni, who is currently seeking to partner with a technology company with the software-development expertise to realize his vision, says it’s only a matter of time.

    When that time comes, the traditional desk will seem as quaint and primitive as the Model T seems to NASCAR racers. To “awaken” the FutureDesk, just tap it. Then drag the 2D computing windows, keyboards and other tools across the surface as you see fit. And that surface has smarts. It communicates with your PDA and cell phone, uploading or downloading information when those devices come into contact with the FutureDesk.

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  • What do Tom Cruise and designer Dario Antonioni have in common? The Future, apparently.

    Twelve years before the iPad launched and on the year Google went public forward thinking designer Antonioni envisions a Future Desk powerful enough to plan the re-entry sequence of the Space Shuttle but modern and minimalist in shape and form.