the newest design out of studio frank havermans — KAPKAR/ WS1P- AN suspends itself off the ground. the zig-zaggy, elevated-workspace was designed for the head office at akzonobel, a paint and performance coating company based in amsterdam, but it looks like it belongs on a track more than an office environment. if a mclaren were a desk, it would probably look like this.

frank havermans akzonobel
all images by martin van welzen



the office-space-ship’s colors were derived from the new akzonobel colors for the new mclaren F1 car MCL33: papaya spark and burton blue. the orange stripe gives the design some speed, while the sharp angles and long depth pay homage to mclaren’s historic victories on the track. studio frank havermans KAPKAR/ WS1P- AN definitely looks and feels fast. suspended between two structural columns, it is a small, yet exposed space for a single pilot to operate. would being in this cockpit increase the speed and accuracy of your workflow? 

frank havermans akzonobel



the racecar-reminiscent desk is part of the exhibition, ‘common ground,’ but will permanently reside where it hovers, suspended between these two columns. the rest of the exhibit will stay on display until 2020. the art space is situated on the ground floor of akzonobel’s headquarters in amsterdam.

frank havermans akzonobel

frank havermans akzonobel

frank havermans akzonobel

frank havermans akzonobel

frank havermans akzonobel



project info:


design: studio frank havermans
manufacturing: frank havermans, koos schaart, stephan valk
client: akzonobel art foundation, amsterdam
director: hester alberdingk thijm

  • This has great merit as a reception desk.

    Jacobus says:
  • I appreciate you referencing the brand of cars to this piece, but if a Mclaren was a desk, it would never look like this, and just because it uses the same color doesn’t mean it would look like Mclaren, at all.. It’s like saying a red traffic sign is like a red Ferrari. I’d suggest understanding these brands’ design language before referencing them. A brand like Lamborghini is a much closer reference.. even that is still a long stretch..anyway, just my 2 cents 🙂

    Leo says:

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