2020 has been full of curve balls, including, for a lot of us, having to quickly come up with a workspace in our home. And, while we continue to contemplate our careers from the confinement of home and respond to what seems like never-thought-this-would-happen moments, it’s good to realise this weird scenario delivers us the unique opportunity to 100 per cent customise our workspaces to our exact personal taste.
Whether you carved out a corner of your bedroom, or have an actual room to call your home office, here are seven desks that will elevate your WFH experience.
Satelight A-line design desk – $290 to $390
This desk is perfect for those looking to economise space without compromising function. A simple, no-fuss design, the A-line desk is available in a handsome black or classic white. It’s thoughtfully designed with no fixings, its precision-cut components sliding together for quick and easy assembly. It’s the creation of Melbourne-based lighting design studio Satelight, and made right here in Oz.
Globe West Ascot desk – $980
This sophisticated option from Globe West incorporates a handy pencil drawer in an otherwise simple frame. The raw ash or black-stained timber veneer will suit almost any interior palette, while the cross leg adds interest without conforming to any particular style. So flexible is this desk that it could eventually be a lovely hall table.
Cult Palette JH9 desk – from $5250
Spanish designer Jaime Hayon created this for Danish furniture brand &Tradition and got his inspiration from the exquisite mobiles of American sculptor Alexander Calder. The organically shaped desk and shelf hover together, giving this piece a kinetic quality, while the elegant metal framework evokes the strings of a mobile. Available in a range of finishes combining marble, ash, brass and walnut, this graceful piece will float happily just about anywhere in your house. Available from Cult.
Movi Standing desk – $599
Here we have the iPhone of desks – functional and innovative, it uses the latest technology to meet your working needs. Research indicates that standing while you work improves posture and mental clarity, which is good for both your productivity and your general wellbeing. This clever desk by Australian company Movi has an electric motor to quickly adjust the height for sitting or standing, plus USB ports and even a “move” reminder. You can set up on a variety of surfaces during the working day then move and store at your leisure.
Blu Dot Hitch bookcase desk – $1099
This ensemble from Blu Dot features powder-coated steel uprights and timber shelves with multiple finish options, allowing you to select something that suits your study space. A single unit will hold its own against a spare wall at home; alternatively, you can line up a couple for the matching bookcase components.
Hero desk $5400 to $5900
For the traditionalists out there, this desk ticks a number of boxes. A thick timber top balances on timber blocks above built-in drawers on one side and a solid pedestal on the other. A dignified and classic design, it would go well in the middle of the room if you have the space. Find it at Zuster.
Handy Learn desk – $45 to $57
Assembled from cardboard pieces, this desk is the answer to those needing a temporary, inexpensive at-home work surface. Order online at Handy Desk and this guy will arrive flat packed with instructions for easy construction. When you’re finished with the desk you can pack it away, hand it down to the kids, or put it straight into recycling. For an extra $12, there’s also a white polypropylene desktop that you can wipe down.
NCW workstation – $990
This handsome desk was originally designed for offices but became a surprising Covid success story for Sydney furniture brand Reddie. “When I was originally doing some office fit-outs for tech companies, all the workstations were pretty bad: lots of laminate with clunky and generic design features,” Caroline Olah told us earlier this year. They are customisable and included rattan and wood in striking colour options – perfect for those who want to add panache to their life.
“The Fit-Out” is a regular series written by interior designer Alice Freer. Each month she brings you a curated selection of furniture and design pieces in a range of materials, colours, shapes and budgets.Think of it as your buyer's guide for your home.