After a week of redesigning and redefining, here is a half scale model of the desk. These first two images shows the left hand side with deflectors which made it look a little flat, but it provides a little bit of rigidity to the second level that is required when a monitor it put on top of it.

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These second set of images here, Mark, our professor, suggested removing the deflectors to see how it would look.

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Without the deflectors, it does look a lot more like as if the second level is floating. This will present some engineering challenges.