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Writing Desk Designs to Individualize Your Working Space

Lewis Carroll once posed the intriguing and unsolvable question: Why is a raven like a writing desk? And while nobody has come up with an answer for the riddle  to this day, modern design makes efforts to answer any other issues, be they of aesthetic or ergonomic nature, raised by this essential and often understated part of our lives.

Our writing desks can be a faithful minion to carry our inspiration, or a modern, inhibiting place of torture. The answers range from classic to eccentric in many materials, shapes and colors, many of them being a success.

minimalist wall mounted writing desk Writing Desk Designs to Individualize Your Working Space

Minimalist wall mounted writing desk

by Roger Hirsch Architect

There are several things to consider when deciding for a writing desk. For activities that require strong natural light, one would place the desk facing the window. A desk layout for lighter study activity can face the wall with a window on the side and be surmounted by various shelves. A representative desk for receiving guests faces away from the window and is more centered in the room.

writing desk at window Writing Desk Designs to Individualize Your Working Space

Put a writing desk at the window for plenty of light

by Soledad Builders

Classic and sophisticated home office

Classic and sophisticated home office

by Eminent Interior Design

White writing desk by the windows

White writing desk by the windows

by Stephanie Wiley Photography

Cozy writing desk at home

Cozy writing desk at home

by Suzette Sherman Design

Desk size is a significant aspect. There is of course a standard depth and height for desk design, but it is a poor approximation rather inefficient in being adaptable to so many users and working types. For a multi-tasker using many documents and mediums, a long desk  is probably the most suitable.

Bear in mind that a long or large desk easily gets cluttered – it’s just another horizontal surface that seems very spacy and welcoming whenever we are too lazy to put things back where they belong. When having to deal with hard work, tidiness is crucial not only for our productivity, but also for our psychological perception of the task at hand.

Clutter can be very burdening and non-motivational. A tidy desk is one less stress factor.

Simple white writing desk at home

Simple white writing desk at home

by Nicole Lanteri

Ultra contemporary white home office design

Ultra contemporary white home office design

by Elad Gonen & Zeev Beech

Home office in the bedroom

Home office in the bedroom

by Bates Masi Architects

From a design point of view, desks can of course be very practical and ergonomic. However, nothing says they can’t reflect some of our fantasies.

Modern writing desk with lounge chair

Modern writing desk with lounge chair

Here’s an example of a desk in a vintage shape and a beautiful, vivid baby blue, that cannot be unnoticed and brings your morals up even on the most weary and busy day.

Beautiful vintage shape blue desk

Beautiful vintage shape blue desk

by Tobi Fairley

Notice how this classic cabinet with precious fixtures turns into a writing desk, reminding of turn of the century writers, old love letters in impeccable calligraphy and decades old brandy.

A combination of a clean and classic desk set

A combination of a clean and classic desk set

by Brian Dittmar Design / Photography by Emily Payne

Many intellect types with a hint of romanticism like to go with these Biedermeyer or Classicism inspired desk designs, even if the rest of the setting is very practical, plain, or contemporary. There is something to these gentle and fluid lines that brings out the poetry in each of us.  Such a historicist approach elevates the place of work and shows an appreciation of living next to valuable things.

White classic writing desk

White classic writing desk

by Imagine Living

White writing desk with a cool design

White writing desk with a cool design

by Lompier Interior Group

Contemporary dark office inspired by the classics

Contemporary dark office inspired by the classics

by Imagine Living

A slightly eccentric and very individualized design can be achieved with repurposed wood furniture with old iron fixtures. It conveys the place of work a touch of vintage and craftsmanship, reminding of a desk where Edgar Allen Poe would have written his Gothic stories, even more so with the stuffed raven in  the picture below, expected to quote Nevermore at any moment.

Contemporary Home Office with Salvaged Wood

Contemporary Home Office with Salvaged Wood

by Zin Home

Vintage writing desk

Vintage writing desk

by Emily Winters

Nowadays, a writing or working desk can be sleek and weightless, almost just a single vast surface floating on slender legs, since it’s the one surface we really make full use of. Whether built of only thin wood, an aluminum frame with glass top or perhaps a folded sheet of metal, the piece can seem virtually invisible in the room.

Stylish writing desk

Stylish writing desk

designed by Jamie Bush / by Izumi Tanaka Photography

Black and white minimalist home office

Black and white minimalist home office

by Ian Moore Architects / Photographer: Iain D. MacKenzie

An IKEA glass desk that looks modern

An IKEA glass desk that looks modern

by Copper Brook Homes

Long white desk with luxury accent

Long white desk with luxury accent

by Elad Gonen & Zeev Beech

And there is modernism with its visually stunning suite of shapes, its repertoire of artful asymmetries, its sometimes irrational virtuosities.

A plain desk design, when  it is slender and simplistic, can become stylish through the smallest touch of asymmetry. The customization options are endless, and can lead to visual extravagances and even hybrid compositions. Below a round writing desk body that flows adjacent to a lounge area, both becoming a single layout.

Or perhaps a deconstructed and unexpected concept of a desk: an extravagant cast plaster structure that spirals in space, becoming a writing desk through the addition of a sleek glass top and a refreshing exercise of style for a working space worthy of productivity on our part and envy on others’.

Curved table elemen for a very modern home office

Curved table elemen for a very modern home office

by Marilza Tavanielli

Modern Desk and Credenza

Modern Desk and Credenza

by fd&m GROUP

Modern study nook desk

Modern study nook desk

by Charlie Simmons – Charlie & Co. Design

Home office merges with the living room

Home office merges with the living room

by Nieto Design Group


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