‘Borne Desk’, a desk that grows with you, by Phebe Tan.

A multi-functional designer desk created for parents and their children to encourage interaction between them while working and studying.


project collaboration between Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and Scanteak, Designer Phebe Tan presents ‘Borne Desk,’ a desk that grows with you.

Photo Courtesy of Phebe Tan


Borne Desk is birthed from the concept of bringing family members together through the process of studying and working.”

- Phebe Tan, designer of Borne Desk.


In a project collaboration between Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and Scanteak, Designer Phebe Tan presents ‘Borne Desk,’ a desk that grows with you.


‘Borne Desk’, a desk that grows with you, by Phebe Tan.

Photo Courtesy of Phebe Tan


It was first started with a question in mind.


Phebe Tan mentioned that the creation of ‘Borne Desk’ was first started with a question in mind - How to design a piece of functional furniture that is adaptable and able to fulfill the lifetime needs of a contemporary family in terms of studying and working?


‘Borne Desk’ is birthed from the concept of bringing family members together through the process of studying and working. Relevant research methods such as home visits and interviews with young families have been conducted as part of its design process in order to understand more about the activities and needs of parents and their kids.

A multi-functional designer desk created for parents and their children to encourage interaction between them while working and studying.

Photo Courtesy of Phebe Tan


‘Borne desk’ has been designed with a dual function!


Due to the rising concern of having small living spaces in Singapore, it is understood that having to separate your workspace and your children’s studying room has become a luxury. Besides, you would not want to risk missing a moment with your children while they are growing up. Thus, ‘Borne desk’ has been designed with a dual function and can be conveniently placed in your living room or any spaces in your home.

A multi-functional designer desk created for parents and their children to encourage interaction between them while working and studying.

Photo Courtesy of Phebe Tan


It is not only functional but also relational as it focuses on forging a closer family bond between the users, bringing two different activities together such as studying and working.


With ‘Borne Desk’, parents who are working from home could work at ease while looking after their children at the same time. ‘Borne Desk’ allows you to do your own things while your children are doing their activities right beside you. Thus, as a parent, you will be able to experience every second of your children’s growth by having them in your presence most of the time. You can comfortably work alongside your child who is doing his/her art and craft, learning how to write alphabets, watching cartoons on Youtube, etc.

“Borne Desk is birthed from the concept of bringing family members together through the process of studying and working.”

Photo Courtesy of Phebe Tan


It is made of Indonesian teak wood in poly-x oil finish with the intention to be lasting furniture suited for young families. It was also carefully crafted and constructed from scratch by the designer herself.

‘Borne Desk’, a desk that grows with you, by Phebe Tan.

Photo Courtesy of Phebe Tan


To understand more about 'Borne Desk', you may take a look at the video below:

Video Courtesy of Phebe Tan

‘Borne Desk’ is available commercially in production by Scanteak. And if you wish to purchase it, you may visit Scanteak to place your order.

Project Information

Name: Borne Desk

Designer: Phebe Tan

Collaboration: NAFA x Scanteak

Materials: Indonesian Teak Wood in Poly-X Oil Finish

Dimensions: L 1200 x W 600 x H 850mm

Year: 2018



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