There is a bit of an optical illusion occurring within the Bureau B011, tricking the eyes -- at first glance -- into thinking that it would perform poorly as a desk. The quirky piece of furniture must offer a level and flat surface in order to serve its function, yet it might initially appear as though it's lacking one of those.
Designer Frédéric Richard did give his office furnishing a smooth tabletop, supported by two sturdy oak wood legs at the front and a pair of white-painted metal ones at the back. The slender rear posts are barely visible, making it look like the Bureau B011 is impossibly balanced. Furthermore, the storage cubbies beneath the work surface are formed with slanted timber panels. These zigzag and visibly offset the straight line established above.