Nu Skin desk selected for Special MIA Pinnacle Award of Merit
The Nu Skin Innovation Center's marble desk was so impressive to the MIA Pinnacle Award judges that they created a unique award to recognize it - the Special Pinnacle Award of Merit for Architectural Element. Shaped like the hull of a boat, the desk is 26’ long and 5’ wide at the thickest point. A feat of modern design and innovation, the desk curves in such a manner that only a strip of stone 8’ long and 3” wide makes contact with the floor. The desk was fabricated from two very large blocks of Carrara “Pencil vein” Marble. Because the shape of the desk was computer generated, the stone had to be shaped using a 5 axis CNC machine and then hand-cut to achieve the desired finish.
The desk is comprised of three stones, each weighing approximately 7,700 pounds. Special jigs were created out of steel to support the stone while it was being installed. The two end stones were connected via a stainless steel frame hidden beneath the matching stone countertop in the center of the desk. Three-quarter inch stainless steel anchors were used to attach the stone to the frame. Once adjusted the frames were removed and the desk was free standing.