Review: Flexispot Standing Desk Riser

If you’re anything like us, you’re glued to a desk for an unhealthy amount of time each day. One fix is to find a job suited to your skill sets that won’t have you working on a computer most of the day. Good luck with that. A less drastic solution is the standing desk, and Flexispot sent over one of their best-selling Standing Desk Risers (to be placed on top of your existing, non-standing desk) for us play and work with. As of this writing four sizes (27-inch, 35-inch, 41-inch, and 47-inch widths) accommodate different-sized desks and setups, though we got a 35-inch model that was ample big to fit our dual-screen rig. Read on for our full take.


GET IT: $270+


Perpetuum Calendar

Time is seemingly infinite, but most calendars and date-tracking apparatus aren’t, instead relegated to recycling once full. But as its name suggests the Perpetuum Calendar isn’t going to run out or wear down in any foreseeable future. Made of a minimal three parts, its sawtooth roof-inspired base — with month and day markings — is 3D-printed of a fabric-like plastic in either grey or jet black that almost looks like it’s made of concrete, and the two timepieces are plated with 14 karat gold. Of course you’ll need to move the timepieces yourself but maybe pulling your attention away from your computer for a few seconds every day isn’t so bad.

Find it at Othr – $510

GET IT: $510


Emko Pill Wall-Mounted Desk

Not all spaces are built for gargantuan workspaces, nor do all jobs require them. The Emko Pill Wall-Mounted Desk is a more palatable option for smaller apartments, saving room when not in use while maintaining a clean aesthetic thanks to three closing doors that hide all of its contents when closed. The round cabinet’s top door folds down to form a desk suitable for getting work done on a laptop, tablet, or physical notebook, also revealing a few adjustable shelves to fit files, catalogues, books, a pen holder, and whatever else you need close by. Two other doors below just hold more stuff, and the desk includes power sockets plus optional integrated LED lighting. Comes in four equally minimal colors including white, yellow, blue, and black.

Find it at Gessato’s Shop – $2,200

GET IT: $2,200


Altwork Station

Gravity would have it that your current workstation surface is angled parallel to the surface of the earth on which it sits. So in a way the Altwork Station defies gravity. It’s not really for drawing or writing when inclined at angles, but the Altwork offers a highly comfortable and adaptable chair that moves along with the computer monitors, keyboard, and mouse, the two latter stuck to the desk’s surface with magnets. It’ll work as either a sitting or standing desk but also reclines. Push it further back and it puts your body in a sort of zero-gravity position with your head closer to the ground than your feet. All adjustments are completely motorized, including the deployment and retraction of the leg support (those three smaller segments for your lower legs) that otherwise roll up in a compact fashion underneath the chair.

Find it at Altwork – $4,900+ [via]

GET IT: $4,900+


Anglepoise x Paul Smith Type 75 Desk Lamp

The Anglepoise x Paul Smith Type 75 Desk Lamp certainly isn’t devoid of color. The third in a line of collaborations between the British fashion designer and the lamp manufacturer, the Type 75 Edition Three takes inspiration from Dutch painter Piet Mondrian’s De Stijl’s art style of bold, basic colors and essential forms. Its form and design has also continuously been refined over the 80 or so years since the original Anglepoise desk lamp was first available for purchase, with a base that lets the arm swivel effortlessly and perfectly balanced tension springs that let you adjust the head of the lamp to an optimal angle that’ll hold.

Learn more at Anglepoise – $240

GET IT: $240


Artifox Desk 02

It’s as minimal as its name would suggest but the Artifox Desk 02 isn’t lacking in thoughtfulness. It’s made of either white oak or walnut with either a surface of the same or of white powder coated steel. The classic design assembles easily, with features that include an integrated steel grid on the backside to cleanly attach chargers, a dock that acts as a resting place for your phone and tablet, holes in said dock to slip a cable through — and hold it in place using a soft felt Knot — plus a peg on each side that functions as a hook to hold headphones and a backpack. Also compatible with a handful of other Artifox accessories including a pen tray, a dry-erase slate, and a stand (shown on the left side of the desk) that adds an elevated platform.

Find it at Artifox – $900+

GET IT: $900+


Woolsey Agent Desk

Its name is inspired by a secret agent who’s found slightly more often in the field than at his desk. But that doesn’t mean the Woolsey Agent Desk is any less deserving of the moniker. Made of American Black Walnut surface atop a steel powder coated frame, this handsome workstation is equipped with Blum soft close drawers with leather lined bottoms, a lockable middle drawer for your computer, tablet, and other sensitive documents, plus a magnetic power block equipped with two power outlets and 4 USB ports that can be affixed along the steel frame wherever required. Our favorite feature? A hidden stash compartment underneath the leather mouse pad that’s only accessible using the strong magnet concealed within the included wood geode paperweight.

Learn more at Sean Woolsey – $3,850 [via]


Concrete Desk Set

Areaware’s Concrete Desk Set isn’t going anywhere. The trio includes a pencil holder, tape dispenser, and a tray, all cast from hefty solid concrete to maintain their position solidly on your desk and keep all the gear you need to stay productive within grasp. Plus with a uniform surface color and smooth, clean lines, the minimal set fits in and looks good on virtually any desk.

Find it at Cool Material’s Shop – $50


CableDrop Multi

Like the original single-cable CableDrop, Bluelounge’s CableDrop Multi holds your cables — only it holds more than before at four instead of one. Affix these little plastic gadgets to a flat surface on your desk with peel-and-stick 3M adhesive tape, then clip in a few cables. Its two outer channels have a looser grip for thinner cables, or those which you use more frequently, while the two inner ones grip a bit tighter. They’re also brilliant for routing cables behind a PC or TV, anchoring those that’d otherwise just hang around and get tangled.

Find it at Bluelounge – $9 for two


Danzo Landscape Organizers

Danzo’s five Landscape Organizers are far more specialized than most desk organizers you’ll find locally, each suiting a specific range of desktop or everyday carry items — at least besides the Basic (bottom left) which is relatively standard. Hill (bottom right), for instance, features three circular high-rises that fit watches, bracelets, and rings or collar stays in their indentations, while Volcano (top left) boasts a large crater for pens and pencils, with the lines emanating from it dividing the rest of its top surface into four quadrants for smaller objects. Each also opens up to stash more stuff within and comes in three colors — white, sand, and metal — the third of which features a special treatment that results in a uniquely oxidized surface pattern.

Find the collection at KOHEZI – $58+

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Vintage Industrial Crank Sit Stand Desk

Big, heavy, and nigh-indestructible, Vintage Industrial’s Crank Sit Stand Desk isn’t your generic store-bought made-in-China desk. The top is made of either heavy gauge plate steel or 2-inch solid hardwood and wrapped in bolted metal trim. This sits atop a hefty base that’s offset towards the back for additional legroom and that’s equipped with a 3-ton rated screw mechanism that’s operated by a hard-to-miss crank wheel on its left side. If cranking’s too much work the desk is customizable with an electric push button height adjustment. Get it with up to three drawers (or none) in your choice of aged steel, cherry, walnut, mahogany, or worn oak.

Learn more at Vintage Industrial – $10,000+


Edge Desk

Chances are high that your chair and desk combo wears you out after a few hours, making working or studying even more of a chore than it already was. The Edge Desk aims to help you find a better, more ergonomic bodily position that’ll stave off back strain and pain — and therefore increase productivity — by fusing a desk with a kneeling chair. Two thick, padded knee rests and a seat spread out your weight while the desk’s uncluttered white surface sits at the end of an arm with 5 length settings and various tilt options to find just the right position and angle. One size fits just about everyone and accommodates laptops, tablets, notebooks, large drawing surfaces, and more.

Find it at Kickstarter – $300


Oristand Standing Desk

Standing desks don’t come cheap — not most of them, anyway. But the Oristand Standing Desk is undeniably affordable, granting its user a healthy alternative to sitting while working that’s made entirely out of industrial-grade cardboard. It’s easily strong enough to support the weight of even the heaviest laptop and provides a stepped surface that’s plenty wide for a keyboard and mouse. When you don’t need it Oristand folds flat, and it’s made to last awhile — just so long as you don’t spill too much coffee on it.

Find it at Oristand – $25