Even something as tried and true as a personal desk can be a source of inspiration and innovation, as demonstrated by Amanda Ip, a Carnegie Mellon graduate of the Industrial Design Program. 

Ip's most recent accomplishment was winning the June 2012 Live/Work design contest sponsored by retailer Design Within Reach (DWR) and Dwell Magazine. The contest challenged designers to create a home office piece that combined function and form. Ip created the "Innermix Desk," a large, solid wood workspace with three built-in storage compartments. DWR hopes to produce the "Innermix Desk" before the end of this year.

"It's awesome to get a piece done, and to know that something I've designed will be made," Ip said. "I'm thrilled to have won the contest."

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