“From the first germ of an idea to the final photo shoot Desk #2 felt different to me. It could be because of the subject, the desk. Desks incorporate an interesting mix of function, craftsmanship and statement. The combination of these ingredients make for quite a challenge. I feel that my style, that i describe as structural decoration, is well suited to the challenge. I chose to organize the desk around the notion of movement. The broad swoops of the steam bent maple curves serve to define the shape of the desk while becoming the gestural force behind a piece of furniture that appears to be caught in a moment of transition.
The legs were the next component that I worked into the composition. The legs transition the movement of the curves and begin to suggest how the top could possibly tie the whole piece together. The tops of two of the legs poke up above the eventual writing surface. I know that this will set up a new type of movement, a diagonal force. The transition to the ground is also of importance and the legs pull upward as if the whole piece is on tiptoes.
The top of the desk servers to tie everything together. The legs poke up at the corners and the maple top peels away in what I think of as a tectonic event. The leading edge of the desk takes on a shape that relates to the user by suggesting where they may sit. The shape informs the three drawers that are worked into the composition. Drawers always reference the tradition woodworking. The dovetails that define the structure of a drawer are like fingerprints. Mine say that I am odd since each drawer opens to a different angle. The resulting angled dovetails are extremely challenging, but the payoff is that the action of the drawers becomes part of the movement of the piece. People expect drawers to open straight out so they need to surrender that expectation before the drawer will open. A smile usually accompanies that discovery.
New York based designer/maker Nico Yektai opened the doors to his Hamptons studio in 1995 after completing the MFA program at the School For American Craft at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The rigorous technical training complimented his background in Art History, which he studied, at Hobart College in Geneva NY. Yektai has synthesized this background into a singular style that has gained him national attention.“
Text and Production by Nico Yektai
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