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Monday, October 27th, 2014

Hardworking Desks for the Home Office

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Choosing a desk can be tricky. The best way to choose is to first assess your needs.

  • Are you someone who has gone paperless, or do you still require spreading out and using a stapler, files and a shredder?
  • Do you like a clean, minimalist surface or do you like to have lots of photographs, tools and favorite objects within sight?
  • Do you keep one favorite pen going or do you tend to collect scads of them?

Write down every activity you want to do at your desk and make a list of the tools and supplies they require. Think about where you would stash them as you look at different desks below.

The writer’s best friend — Gus Modern Finch Desk. This desk is great for those who mostly work on a laptop or who like to sit and write old-fashioned snail mail letters, invitations and thank-you notes. The truss shape leaves plenty of legroom and places to prop your feet while you ponder. The drawers have plenty of space for writing utensils, notecards, stamps and your address book.

The space saver — MASH Studios LAX Wall Mounted Desk. If you square footage is a premium in your place, a wall-mounted desk can slide in just about anywhere, like the living room, your bedroom or a guest room, without feeling obtrusive. It only sticks out 20 inches, and you can keep your chair or yoga ball tucked right under it. There’s plenty of room to stash your laptop, notebooks and other supplies, and the aluminum door can slide right over anything unsightly. Speaking of unsightly, there are two holes in the side for stealth wire management.

The keeper of the household — Blu Dot Modulicious Power Deskette. This desk is great for keeping all of your household files together in one place. The bottom drawer can handle legal or letter size hanging files, the top drawer has plenty of room for all of your supplies. Keep all of your personal finances, warranties, tax records and home-related documents at your fingertips. In terms of looks, the piece is fully customizable. There are several finishes to choose from for the main body of the desk, and you can choose from a range of colors for the drawer front panels.

The minimalist — Brave Space Design Delta Desk. At first glance, this sculptural piece looks like all it has to offer is a simple work surface. In fact, the wings off the sides will hold any clutter. The desk comes in beautiful walnut, maple and bamboo (shown) finishes.

Built for two — Steelcase Turnstone Bivi Table for Two with Back Pockets. This hard-working table was designed for two to sit across from one another, perfect for family members who need to work at the same time. It’s also a great option if you see clients at home. One of the best features is the  cable trough down the center, which will keep pesky wires neat and organized.


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Monday, August 25th, 2014

California Boho Goes Pro in this Santa Monica Office

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TV production developer Ashley Stern needed to set up a Los Angeles outpost for her Paris-based company —quickly and on a limited budget. The space her real estate agent and interior designer Veerta Motiani helped her choose had plenty of pluses. It was around the corner from Santa Monica’s Main Street, it had wonderful high ceilings and industrial style, the building was new with a gorgeous lobby and roof-deck ocean views, and the price was right.

However, the long narrow space posed some design challenges. It didn’t get a great amount of natural light, the ceilings were a little too high for human scale and she wasn’t allowed to paint the walls. On top of that, Stern needed the space to serve as her office, have room for a potential intern, include a conference table space and be set up to accommodate two of her French colleagues when they were in town on business.

photo by Alen Lin

The project began with Stern’s desk. “She was nervous about this idea, but I had to tell her to just trust me, we were going to use a dining room table instead of a desk to serve as the centerpiece of the room,” Motiani says. The rustic light pine table serves primarily as Stern’s desk but can also accommodate two of her French colleagues when they are in town. Because it’s open underneath, her co-workers or her intern, or both, can join her around the table to conference and to work on their laptops. Two comfortable modern chairs serve as their desk chairs when they are in town. Turned around, as you see here, they offer another place for Stern to have one-on-one meetings.

Motiani wanted the room to reflect Stern’s bohemian style and the relaxed coastal Santa Monica/Venice Beach vibe. The rug’s deep blue chevron pattern brings in ocean color, while a woven ottoman adds a beach grass feeling. The ottoman also functions as a side table for notepads and pens during meetings and as a casual extra seat.

photo by Alen Lin

Because the room was dark and they weren’t allowed to paint the walls, Motiani found a contemporary steel chandelier that fit in with all of the industrial elements on the ceiling. She also chose a white filing cabinet and accessories near the windows to reflect the light and keep things bright. Stern literally was brought up in a [converted] barn and loves horses, so Motiani chose a white horse ceramic piece to sit atop the filing cabinet. She brought in plants to play off the glimpses of tree branches outside.

To save on the budget, Motiani found a handful of pieces in Stern’s family storage unit. The tall lamps were among their things; Motiani knew their exaggerated height would help the design stand up to the extra-high ceilings.

photo by Alen Lin

Another way Stern’s family helped the decor in a major way was through the artwork. Stern’s grandfather is noted photographer Phil Stern. He allowed Motiani and his granddaughter to cull his archives and pick out exceptional pieces for the office.This photo of James Dean in the turtleneck is one of his best-known pieces.

The glass console table can serve as a landing spot for keys and bags, a credenza or as a separate desk for an intern. A sofa serves as a more casual space to work from, where Stern can relax and get her creative juices flowing or pow-wow with a colleague. The coffee table is an upside-down metal bucket from Stern’s family storage unit. Motiani chose it because of its beautiful green-gray color. The piece adds an interesting rusty and crusty patina to the room, suitable for this more relaxed seating area.

photo by Alen Lin

“This project was a challenge — I really had to hustle to keep within the budget,” Motiani says. “We were really lucky that her family had so much great stuff they weren’t using!”

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Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Back-to-School: Finding the Right Desk

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Now that the school year is getting into full swing, it’s time to make sure your workspace suits you. In fact, even if you aren’t in school, check out your workspace and make sure it’s inspiring you to do your best and enjoy it as much as possible. We’ll start with some smashing contemporary desks. Here are six favorites – see if you (or your little homework-doer) are cut out for any of them. Enjoy!

Blue Dot Desk 51. You’re a minimalist, and you like fast cars, or at least, Matchbox cars. All you need is your laptop and everything else is in the cloud or in your head. This desk is powdercoated and glossy, sleek and clever. There’s also an extending keyboard tray/shelf that glides on metal/ball bearing side runners; you can’t even tell it’s there.

The OFFI Half Pipe Desk. You love to board, whether on pavement or snow, but you also like to put your feet up. You like to fidget and love having a few items close at hand. You’d rather make a diorama than write a report, you collect matchboxes (not matchbooks) and you love to curl up in a cozy nook. This desk has some cool curves, niches for stowing things and a footrest.

Stoller Works Yellow Frame Standing Desk. You are so tired of sitting at school all day that you need to stand. You dream of a career where you’re at a drafting table, designing a zero-energy skyscraper, a bridge, a new public park or a motorcycle like the one in Tron. While you embrace technology, you also have an appreciation for handmade things, and enjoyed using the jigsaw in shop class. This desk has a beautiful trestle sculpture and will keep you from succombing to a sedentary lifestyle.

The MASH Studios LAX Wall-Mounted Desk. You hate wasted space, probably because your room is tiny. You like hiding things between your mattress and your box spring, and have a particular affection for stash boxes that look like books. You love the concept of floating and you played with building blocks a lot as a kid. This desk mounts to the wall, saves floor space and combines walnut wood with powdercoated aluminum.

The Brave Space Design Delta Desk (shown: Maple). You’ve always been fascinated by airplanes, and you’re quite good at fashioning your own from paper and drilling your friends in the head with them. You’re a piler, not a filer and you prefer a good old fashioned corkboard to one on Pinterest. This desk has a very cool silhouette, and its sculptural wings serve as shelves.

The Blu Dot Modulicious Power Deskette. Legos were always your toy of choice. You tend to make a mess but like to be able to hide it with one sweep of your arm. You think Mike Brady was a dang good architect and wish you could have seen more of his work, and you think your Mom’s vintage Fisher Price A-Frame House was way under-rated. This desk has mid-century modern flair, yet it’s fresh, and you can totally customize it with fun colors on the drawers.

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Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Trends: Do You Stand At Your Desk?

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For the past few years the standing desk has been getting a lot of buzz. Determined to cure us of our sedentary lifestyles, health gurus advocate that we spend much less time sitting and stand, even treadmill our little hearts out, at  our desks.

image via FitSugar, read more about perching atop a stability ball here

So, are you a sitter, stander, kneeler or stability ball?  It’s odd, when I was in architecture school, we mostly stood but had adjustable drafting stools for those times when our feet needed a rest, but now that I’m on the laptop all the time, I feel like I have to create a lap to use it.

I know I need to change my ways; according to a 2010 article in The New York Times, “part of the problem with sitting a lot is that you don’t use as much energy as those who spend more time on their feet. This makes it easier to gain weight, and makes you more prone to the health problems that fatness often brings.” That is not cool. Not cool at all, and the trend is ramping up to the masses.

Stoller Works Station Table

Evan Stoller of Stollerworks has created several standing workstations, including the Station Table seen above. The great thing about these desks is that they are unobtrusive enough to serve as second workstations in an office. The even greater thing about them is that they very cleverly designed and look super-stylish.

Stoller Works Yellow Frame Standing Desk

If you work from home and a new desk isn’t in the budget right now, try adding a flat podium box or play around with other stands atop a high counter at home.

If you’re already a stander, good for you! Please tell us about it in the Comments section.

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Friday, June 24th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Friday: Inspring Workspace

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I find myself clicking “a fave” every time I see a great work space on Flickr; somehow no matter how hard I try, I cannot get mine to look as nice as the likes of this desk area, from flickr member and blogger The Style Observatory. Love the nautical charts, love the inspiration board, the flowers and the thought of plugging in my laptop in this spot. How’s your workspace? Share it with us in our Fresh New Spaces group.

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