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Three design-led desks to transform your home office

Style and substance come together in these ergonomic contemporary designs

Flexible working is having a moment. With research pointing to an increased drive towards working from home, it’s becoming more and more essential that your personal space is as efficient and productive as that of your office.

But when it comes to working from home, style is just as important as substance. Naturally, you want a desk that looks cool, fits with your design aesthetic and, most importantly, is comfortable to put in the hours at. So whether you’re experimenting with flexible working or putting in time on the weekends, we’ve found three of of the most intelligently designed desks out there at the moment for you.

Desks Swoon Editions

Swoon Editions Ginsberg Desk

Swoon is our go-to shop for on-the-money furniture at prices that won’t break the bank. Case in point: this Ginsberg desk is an instant style update for your working space. It comes in this season’s dark wood, which trend forecasters have started hailing as the replacement of all the bleached Scandi-style timber that we’ve seen in recent years. The dark stain of the mango wood Ginsberg makes it a pleasingly solid piece, while the clean lines and minimalist (yet super-handy) central drawer hark back to a mid-century aesthetic that’ll give your home an understated lift. It’s a simple, subtle, addition to improve your work space.

£199, shop now


Artifox Standing Desk 02

When standing desks first emerged a few years ago they were a curiosity: a health-nut’s dream for the working day, but aesthetically clunky and clinical. Now, a designer has developed a standing desk that we actually want in our homes. Artifox is an American brand – now shipping to the UK – that creates sleek, design and tech-friendly desks that offer innovatory functionality while retaining that all-important sense of style. Their Standing Desk 02 proves the point. It comes in on-trend polished walnut or scratch-resistant steel for durability, features a built-in dock for iPhones and iPads, a grid for anchoring cables neatly and legs that can be raised or lowered according to your requirements. Whether you’re in the mood to sit or stand while you get through your hard day’s graft, Artifox lets you do it in style.

$1,150 (£815 at current rates), shop now


Haus London Companions Desk by Ilse Crawford

Haus London is the place go for the latest in contemporary furniture design. The company has the inside track on design trends and close relationships with cult international brands and designers, like this Companions Desk by London-based Ilse Crawford. Crawford’s ethos is to design products that support the efficiency of our lives; an approach that’s embodied in the Companions desk. The slim frame is a seamless fit with other modern furniture staples, and the fixed tabletop is punctuated by carefully carved holes for ergonomic cable management. There’s a bowl to keep chargers and plugs out of sight, and the desk lid also features a cork board to pin up your light-bulb moments. Even better, the lid can be lowered to keep everything streamlined at the end of the working day.

£2,676, shop now