More and more people work from home these days, either part or full time, but even if we don’t we can still spend an awful lot of time at home on the computer – emailing, shopping, facebooking, blogging, pinning … the list is endless. The home PC is now redundant for many, with more portable devices travelling with us wherever we go. That said, having a practical space at home where we can use our computer that’s comfortable, organised and feel truly inspired, is of real value. Slouched on the sofa with an i-pad, or crouched over the laptop on the coffee table is a surefire route to aches and pains, plus if our body is cramped and uncomfortable it’s pretty certain that our brain isn’t functioning at its best either.
If we don’t have the luxury of a dedicated room that’s the “home office”, we have to fit our workspace into our living areas – so chunky, utilitarian office-type furniture isn’t really what we’re looking for. So I’ve been on the hunt for the most stylish, versatile and comfortable contemporary home desks and tables that will suit any number of interior styles and budgets.
My first two choices are for lovers of the classic wood desk, but with a highly contemporary feel.
1. Above: the Mira desk in lacquered oak by Ebbe Gehl for John Lewis has beautiful styling and design details, plus practical features such as the swing-out drawer and top shelf. A matching mobile filing cabinet and shelving unit are also available in this range.
2. The beautifully crafted Plan Desk by James Tattersall is inspired by traditional plan drawers; the large top drawer is capable of storing A1 prints, architectural plans or your laptop computer and files, whilst two smaller drawers sit neatly beneath to hide the usual desk clutter.
The desk top sits on simple trestles allowing easier transportation and the option of replacement to customise the look or height of your table, and two colour options are available – blue top with oak drawers (shown) or white top with walnut drawers.
3. If retro and vintage home desks are more your thing, the curved silhouhette of the Fonteyn desk above, designed by Steuart Padwick for Made.com, lends it a playful atomic-era vibe. Again, it’s small and compact, beautifully designed and solidly constructed in oak and walnut. I have one of these myself; it gets lots and lots of compliments (plus it makes people smile!) and no-one can believe how much (as in how little) I paid for it (Read a previous piece about Steuart’s work and see more of his designs here).
4. The Okli Desk, above, oozes retro style, with its black laminate top and slender powder coated legs contrasting with the oak veneer of the drawers and frame. Small, cylindrical knobs add more retro style appeal.
5. And finally in the vintage line-up, pictured above is a contemporary take on 1950’s formica table from Winter’s Moon. Made in the UK, the Perky Formica Table has a birch ply and Formica top and solid European oak legs which are unfinished. Shown here in a cheery yellow, it’s also available in pale grey.
6. You may however be looking for something more contemporary to create a workstation that blends unobtrusively into your living space. The James Desk from John Lewis features sleek, chromed steel legs topped with an 8mm toughened glass top, and is a real bargain at £99.
7. Habitat have a choice of trestle legs in powder coated metal or wood finishes and glass table tops in various sizes that enable you to create your own individual look that’s as discreet or bold as you like. Above: Nic trestles and Lagon glass table top.
8. If you want to inject colour and playfulness into your work area, how about the Cornell desk above, again from MADE. It comes in Robin Egg Blue and Flamingo Pink, along with more classic ash or walnut finishes too.
9. The Brody Desk above is simplicity itself but we love the clean lines and the mix of mango wood with the charcoal powder coated metal frame that gives it an industrial-luxe feel. Two ample drawers provide handy storage space.
10. Rounding off my Top 10 contemporary home desks is the wonderfully quirky Mr Marius Origami Desk from online furniture store LOVEThESIGN. The Mr Marius range is inspired “by the times where furniture was made to last and passed on to your children and grandchildren”. Crafted from solid oak, the Origami desk has storage drawers in either olive green, or cream (shown above).
Whatever your style, we hope you’ve enjoyed our round up of contemporary home desks to keep you comfortable and inspired while you work.