ALEXANDER LERVIK DESIGNS A FLEXIBLE
CABINET for people working from home
Swedish designer Alexander Lervik has created Kabinett, a dresser that transforms into an ergonomic workspace for family-owned Finnish furniture manufacturer Adea.
Jonna Dagliden Hunt
To spur innovation in the midst of the pandemic, the Finnish government was quick to issue grants to small and medium-sized companies. Adea was one of them and the result is a new business line called Adea Smartwork, which focuses on creating solutions for the increasing amount of people working from home, or in other flexible work environments. In six months Adea went from ideas to final products.
At the end of the day, the computer is tucked away.
”I received a brief in mid-April where Adea wanted me to make an innovation in the field of homework that helped solve people's problems with ergonomics at home when, for example, they worked from the kitchen table,” says Lervik, who came up with a piece of furniture that adapts both to the body, and the home.
At first glance, Kabinett looks like a regular cabinet but its built-in features allow it to be transformed into an entirely different piece of furniture. The innovation lies in its function. An adjustable worktop can be raised and lowered, which means the day’s work can easily be tucked away at the end of the day.
“Working from home is not just a temporary solution anymore. The goal has therefore been to develop a piece of furniture that blends in with the rest of the room, be it in front of a window or in the middle of the living room.”
“I’ve placed great emphasis on making it both aesthetically pleasing and ergonomic,” Lervik says, adding: “Working from home is not just a temporary solution anymore. The goal has therefore been to develop a piece of furniture that blends in with the rest of the room, be it in front of a window or in the middle of the living room.”
Besides Kabinett, the first drop from Adea Smartwork also includes a cabinet by Finnish designer Mikko Laakkonen, whose Fokus piece also aims to draw a line between work and leisure. “When the job is done, its doors can be easily closed, to hide everything away,” he says.
Kabinett is made from veneered wood, in ash and oak.
The worktop can easily be raised and lowered.