Liege Desk

This desk is light and airy feeling without sacrificing storage. It’s also environmentally friendly:

“The stainless steel is finish-free, and the wood varnish is nontoxic and low in volatile organic compounds, making this a smart modern desk for todays home or office.”

H 30″ W 60″ D 30″

Purchase Information:

Price: $2200
Availability: Buy Liege Desk here

Legare Straight Desk

So I’m preparing for my whole “flat-pack” adventure, and while this desk is a little blobby for my taste, it certainly fits the bill. This desk has been designed for companies that “need a quick set-up or who move around a lot” and can be assembled and disassembled as frequently as you need. They’re also sturdy–they’ve been tested to withstand 900 pounds of pressure.

When flat all the pieces measure up to under a few inches.

Purchase Information:

Price: $269
Availability: Buy Legare Straight Desk here

Kant Desk by P. Frey & M. Boge

This is quite a different take on an otherwise usual problem of storage.

“Kant is a desk that will help you keep your desk tidy. It’s got a folded back section which provides a place for books, files and many other items that usually clutter your desk. Made of either white or black laminated birch plywood.”

120 x 85.5 x H.74cm (actual work space is 55cm deep)

Purchase Information:

Price: $974.00
Availability: Buy Kant Desk by P. Frey & M. Boge here

studio metal and glass large workstation

This is a really good price for a well constructed glass-top desk.
Glass surfaces create a home office with an open, airy look. Choose the large or small workstation that suits your space. Work surfaces are opaque tempered 10mm glass; bases are metal with a powder-coated finish.

Purchase Information:

Price: $189.00
Availability: Buy studio metal and glass large workstation here

BeeBoard Desk

I don’t know about you, but this makes my fingers itch to make furniture out of cardboard. If you’re less inclined but still want the furniture, you now can get the look without the (presumable) hassle.

“An ecologically low-impact solution for the home office, the Desk is made from BeeBoard, a layered cardboard with a honeycomb structure. By keeping the BeeBoard exposed, he lets the material provide a densely textured surface that contrasts with the structures’ surprising lightness. The Desk has two pillar legs that lock into the tabletop’s span and are secured by industrial adhesive. The table is completed with a slender acrylic overlay to provide a smooth, firm writing surface.”

Designer:Piet Boon

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

simple work table

I like the mitered corners on this desk/work table.
Wood construction. Simple assembly.
Available in chocolate, blonde or white.
48″ x 24″ x 30″h.

Purchase Information:

Price: $249
Availability: Buy simple work table here

avi table

I’m thinking this would make a nice little desk, although it’s perfectly suited as a dining table too.

“avi tables designed by arne vehovar for magis. available in 2 sizes and 3 tabletop finishes, the avi is versatile enough for home or office. frames are steel tubing and the tops are mdf with a polymeric cover in beige, white or metallized grey. $100 shipping within the continental US.”

large table – 78.75″ x 35.5″ x 28.75″h
small table – 59″ x 31.5″ x 28.75″h

Purchase Information:

Price: $660
Availability: Buy avi table here

Leaning Desk

How cool would it be to have a little leaning desk with a wall-mounted monitor? Or it would be great for a laptop too.

“A new slant on home office chic. The perfect laptop and writing desk, with easygoing style. Open desk is an ingenious use of space, with a generous workspace. Unit leans against the wall for maximum stability. ”
• Solid wood
• Deep espresso stain
• Two storage shelves
• Ready to assemble

Purchase Information:

Price: $129
Availability: Buy Leaning Desk here

Otto Desk

I love this desk. It hides all the junk that an office space has without being an eyesore. It looks good enough to put anywhere really…and it’s got the necessary details to make you happy. I promise.

“On the left, a narrow two-shelf cupboard with door is a convenient hideaway for books and papers. The larger cupboard on the right serves as a self-enclosing workstation with a pull-down writing surface. Using a simple motion, one can draw open the hinged front panel to expose an interior storage and workspace, replete with a cable management compartment, a telephone jack, an electrical outlet, an overhead fluorescent light, a built-in pencil holder and a long drawer to stash desk accessories. In extension, the 30.75″ secretary-style writing surface is supported by sturdy hinges to ensure strength and smooth, balanced closure. ”

Oak veneer; lacquered beech hardwood; steel.
Available in Grey Oak/Cream or Oak/Red.
H 53.5″ W 53.5″ D 20.5 – 44″ Desk H 31″

Update: This item is no longer available through original retailer. (10/30/09)

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,498.00
Availability: Buy Otto Desk here

Wishbone Desk by Skram

I know this might sound awfully materialistic, but my life would be so much better if I had this desk. At 72 inches wide and 30 inches deep, it’d be the perfect sized surface to spread out projects and miscellany. Plus, it just looks good.

You have your choice of white powder coated frame with white laminate top or black powder coated frame with Santos Rosewood top.

Material: Powder coated steel frame. White laminate top or Rosewood with Shellac and industrial strength water-based polyurethane finish. Hand-rubbed.
29h x 72w x 30d (inches)

(This item’s link and price was updated 10/15/09.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,200.00
Availability: Buy Wishbone Desk by Skram here


The Elementare desk is made of 1/2″ thick tempered glass and optionally comes with a small glass shelf below the top.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1350
Availability: Buy Elementare here

pivot table workstation

When real estate is at a premium, this pivot workstation (which expands to reveal a tiny desk) is perfect for anyone who just has a few files to store and isn’t a compulsive worker. Actually, it’s nice to think about having a workspace that’s available only when you need it instead of having it beckon you to sit down and work or check your email. What a concept.

Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Availability: Buy pivot table workstation here

Vintage Modern Collection (from Target)

So has anybody bought any of this yet? I’m really quite curious to know how it looks. Is it of decent quality? For those of you that haven’t seen or heard about Target’s new take on furniture (or rather, it’s forray into the affordable modernish crowd of furniture), this is a sample of some of the “Vintage Modern” collection. It looks pretty promising, but who knows.

Purchase Information:

Price: $399.99
Availability: Buy Vintage Modern Collection (from Target) here

ATM desk by Jasper Morrison

Adjustable height desk sold by Vitra. A little pricey, but no doubt it’s well constructed and it would long outlast an Ikea reproduction.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2255.00
Availability: Buy ATM desk by Jasper Morrison here

Wave Desk

Nice little bentwood desk at a reasonable price.

“The perfect desk for intimate spaces. A simple gesture inspired by nature is the essence of the Wave Desk. A single plane of molded plywood folds over to form a new kind of working surface: kinetic, multi-faceted, yet simple and intimate. Designed with the laptop user in mind, with an elevated surface for your mobile phone and other desktop items. The Wave Desk was designed to surf the daily tide.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $600.00
Availability: Buy Wave Desk here