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Inspiration for your grand piano desk: “They were displays for Zachary Leener’s first show of ceramic sculptures at IKO IKO. He requested that there be an opening and closing element to the pieces, which provided a really specific reading to his sculptures, like they were toys or artifacts. We looked at the relationship between design and function in Shaker furniture as inspiration. Personally, I wanted to challenge myself to combine all of the elements from some of my previous pieces — the dowel supports, the notch details, the cutout feet — into these two desks, maintaining a simplicity but also incorpo¬rating some kind of playfulness.”