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+
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.
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
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’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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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+
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
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