How To Create A Beautiful Workspace At Home
The Koppar desk by Tree. Image courtesy of Tree
The Circa17 desk by Tree. Image courtesy of Tree
The Parker Rattan tall cabinet from Indigo Living. Image courtesy of Indigo Living
The Tivoli desk from Indigo Living. Image courtesy of Indigo Living
The Como bookcase in grey by Bo Concept. Image courtesy of Bo Concept
It all starts with the desk—such as the new Koppar desk from Tree that features a design inspired by art deco, made with dark teak embellished with copper detailing and includes four compartments to store all your necessities. There is also the Circa17 desk, a more streamlined model that includes clever storage compartments on the top to hide away your to-do lists, receipts and other bits of paper that you can’t seem to get rid of. If you prefer more of a mid-century modern look, the Tivoli desk from Indigo Living features sleek lines in black metal, a dark glass work top, and a set of drawers with a geometric design. Also available at Indigo Living is a Parker Rattan tall cabinet with ample shelf space and a pull-down work top—a contemporary take on a vintage writing desk.
For additional storage space, the Como bookcase from Bo Concept is a slim shelf that comes in four colours and is a stylish way to organise all your books, files and that all-important trove of snacks.
The Portobello notebook in azure by Smythson of Bond Street. Image courtesy of Smythson of Bond Street
The Dreams and Thoughts Premier notebook in Pink by Smythson of Bond Street. Image courtesy of Smythson of Bond Street
The Channel Point Pen Grid by Postalco, available at Lane Crawford. Image courtesy of Lane Crawford
The Ember Mug: Copper Edition by Ember, available at Lane Crawford. Image courtesy of Lane Crawford
No one makes a notebook quite like Smythson of Bond Street and the Portobello notebook—192 pages of quality paper in the brand’s signature pale blue tone and sandwiched between leather covers—will make note-taking less of a chore. There is also a Dreams and Thoughts Premier notebook to capture all the random ideas that pop into your head throughout the day.
Take your stash of stationary to the next level with the Channel Point Pen Grid by Japanese brand Postalco—an elegant, metal ballpoint pen enhanced with a grid pattern. For something more playful, Kikki.K has ballpoint pens in a rose gold or dusty pink casing that comes in packs of four (two with black ink, one with blue ink and one with red ink) to brighten up your pencil jar. The brand also has a straightforward monthly planner in a generous A2 size so there is plenty of room for you to scribble in notes and reminders for every day of the week.
Sip your morning cup of joe in the Ember mug, a high-tech mug that allows you to set the temperature that you want to keep your coffee at and will sustain it for up to 90 minutes, so your coffee will stay warm (or piping hot) till the last drop.
The Paris En Fleur candle (middle) by Diptyque. Image courtesy of Diptyque
Coromandel candle featuring the Otto scent by Fornasetti, available at Lane Crawford. Image courtesy of Fornasetti
Tissue box by Bottega Veneta, available at Lane Crawford. Image courtesy of Lane Crawford
Medium leather tray in blue by André Fu Living, available at Lane Crawford. Image courtesy of Lane Crawford
Byredo Tulipmania hand and nail cream. Image courtesy of Byredo
The Press stem glass (middle) by Tom Dixon. Image courtesy of Tom Dixon
Pops of Pretty
Whether it is a candle or some fresh flowers—these are the little touches that will make a difference to the area. Fill the air with the smell of rose and patchouli with the new Paris En Fleur candle by Diptyque, or with the more rustic combination of thyme and lavender and cedarwood in Fornasetti’s Otto scent, encased in a blue jar with an exquisite design of vines and birds from the furniture brand’s Coromandel collection.
Fans of Bottega Veneta’s signature intrecciato weave pattern can now have it as an accessory on their desk as well with the brand’s tissue box in dark brown. Keep paper clips, loose change, jewellery and other miscellaneous items organised in a tray, such as the leather tray in a gorgeous shade of sky blue by André Fu Living. Other necessities to keep in the tray include a tube of Byredo hand and nail cream in the latest scent, Tulipmania, and the perennial beauty favourite for anything from dry lips to unsightly cuticles—Lucas Papaw Ointment.
Last but least, add some colour and greenery with fresh flowers. Keep a smaller bouquet at your desk and save the bigger arrangements for elsewhere around the home—as a full vase of flowers might be too overpowering in both smell and look. The Press stem vase by Tom Dixon measures 8.5cm in diameter, ideal for smaller arrangements of tulips in cheerful colours of yellow and orange or ranunculus in shades of dusky pink and white.