As the start of the New Year brings us back to our desks, it’s a good time to rethink the space where we work and create. Whether yours is used for personal admin, as a creative escape or where you make your living every day, here are a few ideas to help get your desk on your side.
Make the Functional Beautiful
Generic office materials can be soul-sapping; gazing at a plastic stapler never got anyone’s creative juices flowing. Soften the impact of those practical necessities by choosing more earthy materials - a wooden tape dispenser or stapler, handmade brass scissors or animal-topped brass paperclips.
Style the Clutter
Give your mind the space to think and create by clearing away the chaos. Tuck crucial documents away in stylish baskets, stack folders in reclaimed wooden boxes and display stationary in our elegant glass organisers or industrial wire desk tidy.
Bringing a little botanical beauty to your workspace can help you tap into your focal or creative flow. Let your mind wander with intense greenery displayed in elegant brass or zinc-edged terrariums, hanging ceramic planters or handblown glass vases.
Sitting on a mass produced chair or production-line desk does little to make you feel like an individual and bring out your strengths. Investing in unique and characterful desk furniture that has a bit more meaning can bring a surprising level of comfort and pleasure to everyday tasks.
Light Your Way
Look at how you light your workspace with fresh eyes. Do you work best with sharply-focused desk lamps that create a place for concentration, or layers of soft, textured lighting that encourages the mind to relax and creativity to flow? It’s easy to underestimate how lighting impacts your work.
Throw in a Little Personality
Bring some individuality to your workspace with accessories that please you. Dot in an elegant glass paperweight, a weighty, tactile brass snail or a quirky bell to play with in moments of reflection – these can bring a little bit of much-needed levity to the working day.