The piece is a development of the designers’ Pivot project for the brand, originally launched with a cascading two-drawer unit in 2008. Two drawers hinge, rather than slide, out of the body of the cabinet, which is made from lacquered oak. The desk and dressing table versions have shorter legs and either a deeper table top or recess for a mirror along the back.
The highly successful Pivot, a wall cabinet with two drawers, launched by Arco in 2008, has since been publicised and exhibited worldwide and has won various awards. The designer, Shay Alkalay, created the prototype in just three days. “No preparation, no research. It came to me just like that.” He made it shortly after completing his finals at the RCA in London, where he had been engaged in an intensive exploration of phenomena such as movement and gravity. “I didn’t ever make a real product at the Academy. I was just playing around. Pivot was the first piece of furniture to emerge from my research. It was loosely based on the mechanism of traditional sewing boxes and toolboxes.”