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Go sleek, yet practical. "I had this desk custom built for me and my specific needs," says Amanda Gates of AB Home Interiors. "Traditional desks are often made of low-grade materials, and they tend to be fussy in design. I wanted something that was sleek, easy to clean and easy on the eyes."
Office design should represent the type of work and tasks you do, she adds. "I handle a lot of blueprints and needed a desk that would accommodate multiple tasks, like reading blueprints, handling paperwork, samples, paint chips, fabric samples, etc. but still have plenty of space for a computer and keyboard," she says.
This desk of steel, high-quality wood and laminate is one of the most asked-about design elements in her office, Gates notes.
Bring in nature. "The desk is from Restoration Hardware, and the branches are from a tree that had to be cut down in the backyard to accomodate a deck," says Tineke Triggs of Artistic Designs for Living. "We never like to cut trees down, so we thought keeping a portion of it in the office was a good reminder of the circle of life, nature and things worth living."
Play hide and seek. "This desk was custom designed by our office to specifically fit the needs of the client and the needs of the space," says architect Roger Hirsch. "This home office area is open to the living room, so we wanted something that could be functional and messy at times, but could then simply fold away and look clean and minimal."
He says, "Our custom design for a 'floating' teak slab, with a flip-top desk and slender drawers, solved the functional need by allowing for a very efficient desk area with a laptop and pin board, but it also enables our client to simply close up his home office when not in use and have a beautiful, clean surface as part of his living room."
Create an information hub. "This small office is what we call the information center in the house," says architect David Neiman. "As computers have become an indispensable part of our lives, incorporating an info center into the main floor of the house has become standard."
He adds, "The info center is a place where you leave the computers on, set up a plug-in station for your phones, put your printer in the pedestal. It's where your kids do their homework, where the parents do their bills, where you hop over to look up a recipe or answer a question that comes up over dinner. And the room has sliding doors so you can close it off when you need some privacy, or you don't want your guests to look at the stack of mail on the desktop."
Make it legal. "This desk was featured in a model home that I designed about 10 years ago," says Laura Bendik of DesignStudioB. The concept was a lawyer's home office in a solarium off a formal living room.
"I wanted to make a partner's-style desk where multiple people could work on a project at once, while still keeping it formal enough for client meetings," she says. "The front side of the desk is used for storage of law books and the custom-shaped Absolute Black granite top was fabricated to complete the look."