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Friday, September 18th, 2015

Homework Station Accessories: All The Rest


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OK, so we’ve been over great desks, chairs and lamps for homework time. As the school year ramps up, you may find your kiddo is missing some key accessories, tools or places to keep organized. Here are some of our favorite offerings. filing-cabinet-no1-modern-filing-cabinet-grass_1-1

Blu Dot File Cabinet No. 1. One of the many things we love about Blu Dot is that many of their items have a playful spirit that both kids and adults appreciate. The brilliant grasshopper green of this file cabinet is a prime example. We also appreciate that the wheels make it easy to roll around and that it combines two regular drawers with a file drawer.


ferm LIVING Smoked Oak Organizer. Speaking of drawers, help keep all of those bits and bobs easy to find with this clever piece. Use it as a drawer organizer or on the desk top.



ANYTHING Scissors — Orange. Scissors can get lost in the shuffle, especially in a drawer. Keep a family pair mounted right on a desk or tabletop. The bright color and base make them even easier to keep track of. Same goes for the tape dispenser and stapler.



Blu Dot 2d:3d Wall Mount Magazine Rack. Keeping track of school folders, printouts, books, permission slips and other school paperwork is tricky. Having a place to keep it all organized is key. Mount this rack to help keep it all in order.


Danese Milano In Attesa Waste Paper Basket. Well, let’s change up our thought process assume that the literal “waste paper” makes this a recycling bin for paper. The slanted shape makes trying to score two points with a ball of paper more of a challenge.

David Weeks Cubebot. Cubebot is the most important homework station accessory. He keeps worker bees company and they can change his shape and solve the puzzle of how to turn him back into a cube when they need a little mental break.

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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Design Public Guide: Great Desk Chairs for Homework Time

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Well, we’ve covered desks and lamps in our Back to School Design Public Guides. Now it’s time for comfy and attractive chairs for homework time. Here are some of our top picks from around the site. 13-0005343.jpg

Steelcase Think Chair. This ultimate desk chair is smart enough to adjust to you and the rest of your family members’ weights and postures. There’s built-in lumbar allows for additional dialed in back support. The 4-way adjustable arms provide support for your arms, wrists, and shoulders in a variety of postures. The 4-way adjustable arms provide support for your arms, wrists, and shoulders in a variety of postures.



Steelcase Move Multi-Use Chair with Upholstered Seat. There’s more to this stylish and stackable chair that meets the eye. Under the seat cushion there is a support system that conforms to your body — flexors inside the seat curve with your curves and move as you move. What I like most about it is it’s versatility; it can serve as a comfy desk chair or dining chair. So working at the kitchen table is comfortable, or if it’s in your kiddo’s room, you can reclaim it when she goes off to college.

rollersideappleModernica Side Shell with Rolling Base Chair. This molded fiberglass classic is a modern icon, made from the original molds that the Eameses designed. The seat height adjusts approximately from 18 inches to 22 inches. I chose the version that rolls, because rolling is fun and can tempt your child right into the homework seat. Let him have some fun cruising the floor before he has to get down to business. blue_graphite


Steelcase Turnstone Buoy Chair. Sometimes ya gotta shake up homework time a bit. The buoy chair looks like it’s meant for something more fun than homework, so let it work its deceptive magic and tempt your child right over to those sentences she needs to diagram. The buoy wobbles and engages the core, and the height can be adjusted in a five-inch range.


Blu Dot Real Good Chair. We picked this powder-coated beauty in red because it enlivens the senses and ignites passion. While available in other lovely colors, grab a red one for homework time.

visu_sledbase_black_field_142.jpgMuuto Visu Chair — Sled Base, Upholstered Seat. The cozy upholstered seat on this version of the Visu chair is inviting and ergonomic. The sled base on this version adds an irresistibly modern touch.



Blu Dot Roy Chair. This chair made the list for four great reasons. It’s padded, attractive, stackable and available at a great price point.

We wish we had the room to share more details about our desk chair selection. But you can check them out for yourself:

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Monday, August 31st, 2015

Design Public Guide: The Best Lamps for Homework Stations


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Here at Design Public, we’re gearing up for back to school and homework time with a series of guides to workstation products. What we’ve kept in mind with our curation is not only lamps that will function well and fit comfortably on a desk, but also designs that will not only appeal to your schoolkiddo but also to you. These task lamps are stylish, modern and will last you for a long time after your child has flown the nest. In fact, the only danger is that you’ll be tempted to hijack these for yourself.


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Lights Up! Oscar Boudior Lamp. Available in a range of colors with whimsical shades(this one is in faux bois shade with paprika base), this cute lamp will personalize your kiddos space with playful style.


Cerno Onus Table Lamp. Available in lamp options of black or brushed aluminum and with a clever base block in black or natural, this nimble LED lamp teaches a lesson about balance while lighting up a work surface.


Louis Poulson AJ Table Lamp. Designed by iconic Danish designer Arne Jacobsen, this classic lamp is a licensed work of art you’ll pass down for generations.


Pablo Tube Top Table Lamp. We love the way this lamp’s acrylic base practically disappears on the desktop. Also, be sure to check out the small version in bright colors, seen below:


Pablo Tube Top Colored Small Lamps


Light and Contrast Trapeze Small LED Task Light. The elegant design of this dimmable task lamp might just encourage your child to pursue a career in engineering.


Blu Dot Stilt Table Lamp. A handsome walnut tripod base meets a crisp white shade, accessorized by a happy red cord.


jefdesigns Leaf 1 Stem Table Lamp. This spunky lamp comes with a choice of contemporary botanical print shades, and has the option of using a 150-watt 3-way bulb.



Pablo Clamp FS Task Lamp. This elegant cantilevered wood LED lamp comes in full size (seen here) and mini. The red cord adds dynamic energy to a desk.

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Coming soon: The Design Public Guide to the Best Homework Station Chairs.




Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Design Public Guide: The Best Homework Desks


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It’s that time of year, time to get ready for those homework assignments and special projects. Whether you’ve got a youngster who hasn’t had to struggle over math problems until this school year or a teenager who has to balance those chemistry equations you don’t remember how to help with, you can give some assistance by getting a nice organized workspace set up. It all starts with a good base — a desk with enough surface to spread out books, a computer and paper to do work. Here are seven great options. desk-51-modern-desk-red_1


Blu Dot Desk 51. While this desk comes in ivory/gray, slate and white, we recommend red. Red has intense energy, symbolizing willpower, passion and leadership. It is seductive and hopefully that will draw your kiddos over to the homework area.


MASH Studios LAX Wall Mounted Desk. If you’re short on space, this unit is a stylish solution. Made of English walnut, the desk includes a sliding door to hide clutter and holes to keep wires organized and out of sight.


Stoller Works Yellow Frame Standing Desk. This is a great desk to keep handy for the whole family (or for those who aren’t tall enough for it, add an adjustable stool). Since according to health reports, standing is the new sitting, a standing option is a healthy option to have at home. The elegant trestle design is sleek and industrial while the lower shelf adds a spot for out-of-the-way but handy storage. Stoller Works standing desks come in 38-, 40-, 42- and 43-heights. Shop all Stoller Works Tables and Desks


Context Furniture russ Library Desk and Desk Shelf. Designed by Scott Klinker, the geometric shapes seen in this clean-lined design inspire and add playful style. The added shelf option adds space to help keep the surface clear.


Blu Dot Hitch Add-On Bookshelf and Desk. This flexible system keeps books at hand and adds much-needed storage to a child’s bedroom. The best news is that when the kiddos leave the nest, it will make a stylish shelving system in a grown-up living room, family room or workspace that will never go out of style.


Gus Modern Junction Desk. Speaking of adapting these furniture piece later, this desk is one you may try and steal from your child while they are still at home. Handsome and contemporary, it will serve you well not only as a desk, but also as a console, entry or sofa table in the future.


OFFI Overlap Tray. This is a version of one of the original items we sold back at the very beginning of Design Public, and it’s popularity has never wavered. Sometimes a kid or a teen simply needs to prop up someplace extra-comfortable after a long day at school. The tray holds a book, writing utensils or a laptop with ease.

As you outfit your homework space, stay tuned for our guide to task lamps, desk chairs and workspace accessories.




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.