Built for Need: Gadget Furniture That Fits

In a move to combat clutter and create a more harmonious work space, furniture designers have conceived an innovative idea -- gadget furniture.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionIt could replace: A bulky desk.
Gadget furniture — desks, tables, and chairs with built-in ports and plugs — enables users to manage hand-held technology devices in a single, dedicated storage space. Technology lovers can finally "tame the tangle of cords from electronic gadget overload," says Milan Heger, a Seattle-based interior architect and furniture design expert.


A one-stop replenishing station that’s part desk, part organization-center. The cover flips down into a work platform, and the backdrop is a fabric bulletin board. Adjustable shelves hold your PDA, camera, digital music player and other handheld goodies. A side vent releases the heat generated as electronic gear recharges, and a lock keeps out prying hands. This space-efficient, wall-mounted marvel is "discrete, designed with technology in mind, and fits anywhere," says Richard Schuler, furniture design instructor at The Art Institute of California.

Pros: You can set up a minimal office anywhere in your house. It’s available in three wood finishes and in a larger size.
Cons: Some assembly is required.