Working from home has meant many life changes—not least having to create offices in spaces not used to the nine-to-five grind. From using a spare room to repurposing the kitchen table to co-working alongside household members, we’ve all had to adapt. With no clear end to quarantine in sight, there’s no better time to invest in a stylish office table or desk. The right choice can mean the difference between an ad-hoc working space and a true home office (that can last well beyond lockdown). Below, nine stellar desks that will transform your work-from-home experience—and also set you up for the future.
The Lio Table
The Invisible Collection sells beautiful pieces, mostly commissioned and made-to-order with long lead times. However, some are ready and available to ship immediately. This walnut Lio table with metal feet is designed by Lebanese duo David Raffoul and Nicolas Bessalem, who describe their aesthetic as “retrofuturist.” Whatever it is, the desk makes for a stylish office centerpiece. Handmade in Italy, it can also be finished in gray walnut.
The FH125 Table
Fritz Hansen was founded in Denmark in 1872, and is a byword for sleek Danish design. Their collection includes iconic pieces by luminaries such as Arne Jacobsen and Piero Lissoni. There are two rather wonderful desks that will make WFH a joy. The Pluralis table is excellent for remote working as it offers built-in power, clear styling and function ($2,798). Or the FH125 table ($1,307), a simple table, with just a top and four legs, and can be used as a small dining table—making it the perfect hybrid for city living.
Crafted from Wenge Wood from equatorial West Africa, this jaunty Dsignedby table is ideal for smaller spaces—and, when WFH ceases, would make an excellent dressing table. The creation of Serbian designer Irena Kilibarda, this Corian table comes with the added feature of LED lights incorporated into it.
Bernd Zimmermann Attributed Desk
When it comes to top-notch, preloved homeware, 1stdibs is hard to beat. A desk that will hold its own as a statement piece well after lockdown is Kiki van Eijk’s playful green-lacquered desk, which comes with a jaunty mirror to hang above ($8,847). Add a splash of color with this Bernd Zimmermann attributed desk, with legs in primary colors and a storage compartment on the underside ($2,200).
Buy Now: Kiki Van Eijk desk $8,847
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Alain van Havre Frame Console
Design Public has some excellent options in stock (the problem with a lot of desks arriving soon is that they are made-to-order). The Oak original origami desk adds a dash of ’60s flair—and comes in solid oak with five drawers. The slimline Cant desk is another goodie for small spaces, maybe under a staircase even—with an elegant cantilevered silhouette and warm walnut veneer. Or the ever so simple elegant Alain van Havre Frame console with soft-closing drawers ($1,259).
Metis Desk by Wewood
Crafted in Portugal, the Metis by Wewood is one of the most practical but beautiful pieces we’ve seen. The solid walnut desk reveals a number of hidden compartments for all the trinkets that often crowd the surface. With hidden cable management, there are no unsightly leads. It can also be made in chestnut- or anthracite-colored oaks. Designed by Gonçalo Campos, the Metis desk also has workspace on both sides so two people can work simultaneously.
Illuminated Desk by Invisible Collection
This showstopper of a desk, the Illuminated by Invisible Collection, lights up, making it the perfect choice for an architect or creative. With a luminous box, two drawers in lightened opal plexiglas and polished black stainless steel, it is sculpturally striking. After 15 years as art director for Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, Jérôme Faillant-Dumas founded Love Editions, designing furniture pieces like this one.
Scrittarello by De Padova
The white, sleek Scrittarello by De Padova was designed by Achille Castiglioni, and is something of a design classic that will not stand out conspicuously in your home. This small writing desk is made of beech plywood with a white laminate top and solid beech legs with two layers so items can be placed on the underside as storage.
Splash out on this elegant Elevado Desk, a hunk of a desk with its solid architectural lines, dominating sturdy structure and finished in cathedral grain-cut wenge. Underneath, a pair of delicate, linen-lined drawers with pencil-tray detailing and wooden glides offer storage space.