Airia Desk by Herman Miller
designed by Kaiju Studios
At A Glance:
"I always think about the people who will be using the products. I feel a responsibility to give them what they want and need, not necessarily what they expect."
So says Ayako Takase of Kaiju Studios on what drives her during the design process. In the Airia Desk, Ayako and partner Cutter Hutton succeeded beautifully in delivering an ultra-functional piece that accommodates all the electronic devices characteristic of contemporary workstations. The Airia Desk has an elevated secondary surface for peripheral items, beneath which is a series of openings designed specifically for cord management.
What's To Like:
This is one beautiful piece of furniture. Forget its functionality for a moment - don't its lines just make you want to design a room around it? Now factor in the smooth-sliding drawer and cable management, and the fact that it's sturdy enough to stand up to move after move. The Airia Desk looks even better now, doesn't it.
What's Not to Like:
We know that the desk's materials are top-notch, and that its design is beautiful, so we know how Herman Miller arrived at Airia's price. It's just higher than we'd like it to be. With that said, there are quite a few desks out there with less functionality and less style that cost more. Just saying.
The Bottom Line:
The Airia Desk is the flagship of Herman Miller's Lifework line of desks and home office systems. Able to translate well to private offices anywhere, Airia combines beautiful materials and craftsmanship with hidden tech features like cord control and a partitioned drawer to make the design enthusiast's dream desk.
- Airia Desk dimensions: 30.5" h x 56" w x 29.875" d
- Main drawer with three removable, cork-lined trays
- Solid walnut top frame with inset white laminate
- Cast aluminum legs with leveling glides
The Herman Miller Airia Desk is also known by the following manufacturer Item Number: HM300.
About the Designer
When Ayako Takase and Cutter Hutton founded Kaiju Studios in 2001, they were looking for diversity, the freedom to design, "anything we wanted, from products to graphics to websites," says Takase. And so far, with clients ranging from Samsonite to Lincoln Center, that's exactly what they've done. Indeed, it was their own diversity in backgrounds that first drew these two together at Rhode Island School of Design, where both majored in Industrial Design. Takase is Japanese and spent most of her childhood in a coastal town near Tokyo. Hutton, on the other hand, grew up in a traditional American family. Both say they've learned a lot from each other's culture and background. "Coming to the U.S. opened my eyes to an abundance of opportunities and gave me the freedom to explore," says Takase. Hutton says, "Ayako's strong work ethic taught me how to take my work seriously."
About the Manufacturer
Herman Miller Authorized Retailer
Herman Miller is an industry leader in the integration of cutting edge technology to furniture and other household items to make everyday life more comfortable, convenient, and stylish. Herman Miller stands out at the forefront of such fields as ergonomic technologies, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and customizable furniture items.
In addition to producing some of the most outstanding office furniture in the world, Herman Miller has also taken on the responsibility of manufacturing some of the most celebrated furniture designs by some of the world's most famous designs. These "modern classics" include works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. Herman Miller celebrates these famous mid-century designers' works through its extraordinarily precise manufacturing techniques and industry-leading green production processes.
Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 40 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, serving customers virtually anywhere in the world. Herman Miller is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, while manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
Materials & Measurements
Sculpted walnut top with white laminate surface. Tapered cast aluminum legs. Removable cork-lined trays for small items.
Overall: 30.5" h x 56" w x 29.875" d
Main table surface height: 28.75"
Pencil drawer width: 34.38"
Panels are 8.6" deep