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MEMODESK

teamLab, 2005, Desk

MEMODESK

teamLab, 2005, Desk

A desk whose surface is a thick memo pad. Leave the things you come up with on the desk. And then tear them off. Large-scale drawings, or tiny memos, write however you like. You can replenish the memo pads with refills too.


Concept of “MEMODESK”
This desk is great for coming up with creative ideas as a team. The whiteboard is a tool for meetings in pre-information-era society. In society before the present age of information, team members would all have the same skills, and would all be doing the same kind of work. The team leader would be the person with the highest level of these skills. So in a meeting, the team leader would use a whiteboard to explain things coherently to the listening team members. In this information era, society is far more intricate. The problems we seek to solve, too, are extremely complex. So in an ideal team, each member has their own different specialty. For example, in web development, have you ever heard of a person who knows absolutely everything about ajax, flash, java, php, .net, linux, oracle's DB, free DB, and search engines? But without gathering people who specialize in each of these things, and choosing the best way from among their skills, really great creations would be impossible. Different specialties make for free discussions where each person is equal. Each hand moves, writing and sharing ideas, and at any point, someone else could join in, adding to the group with their mouths and with their hands, adding to the writing, and making everyone think. Let's imagine that you want to start a good company in the pre-information era, and of course, you put a whiteboard on every wall of the meeting room, so it looks "just like it should". It would be accepted by the world, but it wouldn't be right in this age of information. If you want to build on the future of the information age, the memo desk is the way to go. From within the action of using it for its basic "desk" function, comes additional value "...each hand moves, writing and sharing ideas, and at any point, someone else could join in, adding to the group with their mouths and with their hands, adding to the writing..." and it's with this value in mind that the memo desk should be used.