guillaume dulau: bureau 4480 guillaume dulau: bureau 4480
sep 11, 2011

guillaume dulau: bureau 4480

‘bureau 4480’ by guillaume dulau 1900 x 1300 x 400 millimeters (L x H x W)

created by french designer guillaume dulau, ‘bureau 4480’ utilizes a single piece of wood to make an unusual desk. a plank of ash wood, measuring 4 meters in length by 40 centimeters wide and 8 centimeters thick (thus the project’s name), is cut without completely severing off any piece, and these segments are bent into form.

dulau’s process took on an experimental dimension as his project constraints forced him to invent new techniques of working with wood and wood-cutting machines. the strips are twisted into natural forms creating four legs, two of which continue their course on the top of the desk, creating storage space for pens and other small objects. the desk’s openwork surface prevented the wood from splitting during construction, and now serves to cool laptops and other technological devices. dulau left a smooth planed surface in the size of an A4 sheet of paper, to permit use of the table in hand penning.

‘bureau 4480’, front view

3/4 side view

top view, depicting the flat plane surface of A4 size which allows writing by hand


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  • You are so crazy Papy !!!

    French designer in Moirans says:
  • je l’adore. c’est magnifique!

    Beth Worth housedesigngirl says:
  • Splendid !!

    thevzitor says:

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