Desk/Work

Primary Desk by Nathan Yong

This desk is an odd sort of fellow with its angles and points and slim drawers. Inspired by mid-century furniture in the designer’s childhood, the desk looks both classic and futuristic, which by no means is an easy task. Solid walnut makes for a sturdy frame with just enough worktop space for a small computer and writing space, and five drawers are available to squirrel away odds and ends. There’s also another thoughtful detail worth mentioning: the angle of the top drawers allow for the pitch of an open laptop.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,805.00
Available from: DWR

Loop Stand Frames

Sure, the Loop Stand Table ($1,265.00) is an excellent choice for a dining or work table. However, if you’re on a tight budget, you might think about purchasing the Loop Stand Frames (2 pcs, $289.00) instead and then figure out an alternative top for yourself. (Personally, I’ve stained and sealed a plywood top for my own dining table for around $100 and been quite pleased with the results.)

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Purchase Information:

Price: $289.00
Availability: Buy Loop Stand Frames here

Trestle Desk

The budget-conscious among you might just appreciate the $399 price tag attached to this trestle desk. It looks pretty decent (considering), with hardwood legs and ash veneer over a MDF core (you can’t ask for fancier stuff than that without paying more).

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No longer available.

Cant Desk by Blu Dot

I don’t know how we missed posting this when it first came out. It’s the perfect desk for a small workspace (42w x 34h x 25d) so you can fit it into a tight corner space with no worries. The walnut veneer is a nice contrast to the grey or red steel as well.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $599.00
Available from: 2modern

Compass Trestle Legs

The best part about investing in a pair of trestle legs is that you can change out the top at any time, lending a new look to your home or office instantly. Go from glass to natural wood to a bright colored panel… lots of possibilities. These particular trestle legs are quite a bit pricier than the simple steel ones you can get from a hardware store (see Crawford or Fulton Sawhorse), but they are, of course, made of solid beechwood and have a little more elegance/refinement.

Adjustable height.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $750.00
Available from: HORNE

Treasury Table

If you’re after functionality and storage, this may just be your table, because literally every inch of this table is a sliding drawer. Smaller drawers hold stationary and office supplies, while the larger ones are designed around standard paper sizes from A5 up to A2. My favorite detail is the frosted glass top, which is translucent enough to see the contents inside, yet is opaque enough to quickly hide things from view and adds an overall “soft” effect to the table. Each table is made to order and available in any RAL or NCS color.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,900.00
Available from: Process

LapTilt Table-Desk

This smart ‘Lap Tilt’ transforms from an occasional table into a small laptop desk with a simple tilt of the base. Seeing as more and more of us are using our laptops in our living areas (more specifically, whilst lounging on our sofas updating/perusing social networking sites), this table would come in handy on many occasions.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £295.00
Available from: Heals

Pratt Desk

I know sometimes west elm’s furniture doesn’t get the best reviews in terms of long lasting quality, but this desk is way too easy on the eyes and so incredibly affordable to pass by without a mention. Designed in collaboration with the students from Pratt Institue, west elm’s goal was to create an eco-friendly office furniture collection using FSC certified materials. Did they succeed? It sure looks like it. The Pratt File Cabinet ($179) and LED Table Lamp ($129) are worth checking out too.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: west elm

Fulton Sawhorse

These functional saw-horse legs are usually used for industrial use (2,000 lb capacity!), but they’re simple enough to provide a base for a gorgeous slab of wood or even a piece of glass. If the red doesn’t suit your needs, you could even have them powder coated locally, or if you’re up for a DIY you can just spray paint them.

Purchase Information:

Price: $48.25 each
Available from: Home Improvement Superstore

Flip Table by No Problem

If your kitchen table doubles as a workspace (breadcrumbs in your laptop and wine stains on your papers) take note of this flexible table. All your work junk can be stored inside, ready to be squirreled away simply by closing the tops and drawers, and voilà, you have a clean tabletop ready for dinner.

Note: No Problem is a Danish Collective, so I’m assuming that shipping might be an issue for folks in the US. You might want to shoot them a shipping inquiry before getting your hopes set.

Update: Monica from Bolia.com emailed in to say they are selling the table, and they can deliver it to any shipping company in Denmark. Thanks Monica.

Purchase Information:

Price: $650.00
Available from: no-problem.nu

Vika Veine

Okay, so we usually try to avoid featuring things from IKEA, because you most likely already know what they have and it’s a no-brainer if you’re on a very tight budget. But this little desk seems like the perfect sort of thing for a cramped workspace, and with the inside lined in felt with pockets and paper holders, plus a cable management compartment, it’s suddenly sprung from so-so to a wow-that’s-a-big-bang-for-your-buck sort of item. Keep in mind you’d still have to buy the legs, but that’s not a lot to add on price wise.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Available from: IKEA

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Fold Desk

This engineered wood top desk has a pretty good sized work surface at 5′ wide. For those of you that like to spread out all your papers and such, that’s no small matter, and the $280 price tag means you can splurge on storage options. The steel sheet legs “fold” at a right angle.

White powdercoated steel legs.
60″Wx24″Dx29.5″H

Purchase Information:

Price: $279.00
Available from: CB2

Spoon Table

Nice legs, right? Not only are they shapely, but they also fold down to make for easy storage. A very thin (15mm) honeycomb aluminum top makes for an extra light weight surface.

Design Antonio Citterio & Toan Nguyen, 2008.
Polypropylene, honeycomb aluminum, laminate.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,886.00
Available from: Hive Modern

Cedric Desk

Now, sure the Paperweight Desk is a bargain, no doubt about it, but if you’ve got a bigger budget to spend on a desk, maybe you’ll want to consider this one. Rounded edges provide subtle detailing and the solid walnut with leather top will make it fit to pass down to the next generation.

1250x550x752h

Purchase Information:

Price: £1,798.00
Available from: SCP

Paperweight Desk

Made entirely of 100% recyclable cardboard, this white gloss desk knocks the socks off of practically every other desk out there. At £151.00 (~$225), it’s super affordable, has a cable management system (very important) and can be assembled in a few minutes. If you move around a lot, the assembly/disassembly of furniture should not be taken lightly, nor should you miss the fact that this desk is super light and super strong. Now, if only a US retailer would pick it up, I’m sure exclamations of joy would be heard throughout the 50 states.

made entirely of 100% recyclable cardboard.
500 x 750 x 720mm (w x d x h)

Purchase Information:

Price: £151.99
Available from: Nigel's Eco Store