In the world of Japanese calligraphy there is an invisible but deliberate continuity between points, lines and characters called “iren” (意連). This continuous motion ensures that there is a perfect harmony between the symbols even though they appear divided. Even in an era like ours, so dominated by technology, the spirit of the Iren desk lies not only in its quest for beauty and simplicity but above all in its revival of a natural and harmonious action: a desk that gives rise to new work scenarios and rituals in a naturally fluid relationship between body and object. Designer Kensaku Oshiro envisaged the Iren desk as a small domestic workstation that easily adapts to modern lifestyles. Thanks to a simple motion, two overlapping surfaces slide over each other to create new work and storage spaces. The beauty of the desk is not diminished by its electronic connections: its recharging and USB points are located in a metallic black box that supports the upper surface, wrapped in an elegant leather or saddle-leather cover. The gently sloping upper surface ensures a softer feel while also providing better support for the forearms. The wall version can have an LED light fitted at the back so the desk can be used when the natural light starts to dim.
The Iren desk by Poltrona Frau comes in a free-standing version, with the desktop supported by a sawhorse base in solid ash, or a wall-mounted version, supported by brackets. The customer can choose whether the desktop slides left or right when making their order. The work surface of the Iren desk increases from 119 cm to 149 cm when the sliding top is completely open. The visible wooden parts are in ash in either a Moka or Wenge stain. The desktops can be upholstered in leather or saddle-leather with tone-on-tone or contrast stitching around the edges. The Poltrona Frau logo is branded on the bottom right of the sliding surface.
Kensaku Oshiro was born in Okinawa, Japan, in 1977. Since 1999, after receiving a Master degree in Industrial Design at “Scuola Politecnica di Design” in Milan, he began working with several practices until 2004. He suddenly joined the design team of Lissoni Associati studio, with whom he worked until mid-2012.
In the second half of 2012 he moved to London to work with BarberOsgerby. In June 2015 he opened his own studio in Milan. He took part in many exhibitions and competitions, winning prestigious international awards. Among them: the “Design Report Award“ in 2006 at Salone Satellite, the “Cristalplant Design Contest“ award in 2012, the “Gandia Blasco Design Contest“ award and two special mentions at “Young & Design Award“. In his carrier he has worked in partnership with various important companies in the world of design.