Kids grow. Their belongings do not. Which sucks for parents who could be spending dough on a
hot new car college fund but instead have to buy new shoes, bedroom furniture, and the like every time their offspring sprouts a few inches.
Enter the AZ desk. Designed by Lyon-based Guillaume Bouvet, it includes a chair and writing surface that get taller as your child morphs from a shrimpy toddler to a full-blown adult. Even the writing surface “grows up,” converting from a kiddie-friendly chalkboard into an ergonomic table that could pass for something at mom or dad’s office.
Clever, right? Parents only need to buy one desk in 18 years, which means more money for, uh... college! Unfortunately, AZ is just a prototype. But Bouvet tells Co.Design that he plans to put the desk into production next year. We'll keep you updated.
Attracted to work with his own hands and with curiosity to discover the world, Guillaume Bouvet embarks on the ‘Tour de France’ of the Compagnons du Devoir at the age of 17. To become a craftsman, a cabinet maker.
Drawing his inspirations from travelling, from Scandinavian design culture and the incontrovertible book of Raymond Loewy « la laideur se vend mal », Guillaume Bouvet makes his first exploits as product designer at the side of Gilles Damon from Damon Design.
In close contact with the professionals who he discovers in books and visits in their workshops he confirms his desire for the conception of wooden furniture, ergonomic and adjustable. His special interest lays with flexible furniture for the young. From these encounters, his new ideas and building on his solid ‘savoir-faire’ develops “AZ Desk”, un new desk for kids growing up. It is going to be presented at the Exposition Internationale de Design, the DMY-Berlin in June 2011.
COMMENTARY: The beauty of the AZ desk is its simplicity, transformability and functionality. Less is more. Solves the problem of kids outgrowing their desks.
Courtesy of an article dated July 22, 2011 appearing in Fast Company Design