This gorgeous modern maple or cherry desk features detailed chamferred edges and a powder coated or raw metal lambda base. The lighter table shown here is crafted with beautiful maple wood with a powder coated steel base. Maple is a very strong and durable wood choice. Cherry is a very strong light-colored hardwood that darkens over time; this process is accelerated by heat and sunlight and may darken as much as 30% in the first year into a deeper golden brown. Cherry also has a closed grain hardwood making it smooth to the touch.