I’m not a fan of the traditional document trays that seem to add more clutter to a desk corner rather than simplify. Every few months, I’d purge the stack of paper accumulating in the tray and think, “I’ll do a better job staying organized next time.” Needless to say, I was organized for a mere week before the tray was packed with lame memos and red-lined proposals.
If paper trays work for you, then use them. Just avoid those cheap plastic black or smoke gray sets you get at the local office supply store. And, trash the mesh metal ones; they are just as ugly. I’ll never forgive my assistant who ordered an entire set of the black plastic ones for every desk in the office. What an ungodly sight. Instead, opt for these thermoplastic resin trays from Alessi. The Parq collection is designed by Hani Rashid, the Canadian design guru responsible for popular fluid creations in architecture, furniture and accessories from the past 15 years or so.
Rashid’s unique voice in design is quite exciting. He co-founded Asymptote, a New York-based architecture firm, with Lise Anne Couture in 1989. Since then, they have been responsible for many dynamic projects, art installations, graphic and product design. You can view their portfolio at www.asymptote.net .
The Parq Document Tray from Alessi is available for $45 and can be purchased directly from their online store. It is available in three colors – black, white, and light blue. I actually like the combination of three trays in all colors, but for less of an impact, select one color for your desk. Visit their website and I promise you’ll find plenty of other great pieces for your desk. www.alessi-shop.com .