Cover Photo: Lain

All the right ingredients for making working from home a joy

The global Covid-19 pandemic has left our world a very different place. WFH (working from home) has entered the daily lexicon and it is waking us up to the fact that camping out on the couch or working at the dining room table may not be the most viable long term solution.

A dedicated work space is not just sensible, it could even provide the inspiration and motivation you need for a productive day. Here are some ways to brighten up your new WFH corner.

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Come to the Table

The right desk is key and a beautiful hand-crafted one from Lain will take pride of place in any space. Made without any screws and nails, the Ping is a compact piece from solid white oak inspired by the clean lines of vintage Scandinavian pieces. Equipped with small drawer boxes, the Ping features tapered and angled legs.

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If you require your desk to do double duty, the Solek can converted from a work table to a vanity table. Vegetable tanned leather laces wrap around half-lap joints of the solid oak legs are a charming detail.

Let There Be Light

Good lighting is essential and Aureole Design’s sleek luminaires are pleasing to the sight. We love the Geometry series featuring a “steam” finely folded from ceramic or terrazzo, and a Edison bulb in soothing shades of mint green and off white.

For those with limited desk space, consider the Dougong floor light, whose interlocking wooden structure was inspired by traditional Chinese architecture. Lightweight yet rigid, it gives the illusion of a 'floating' light glowing above.

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Needful Things

Google calendars are dandy but an elegant appointment book never goes out of style. Customise one from ana tomy’s classic series which allows you to pick every single component from the cloth or paper cover to the multi-coloured book band and ribbon markers - even down to the binding wires which come in rose gold , black and silver, among others. Most importantly are inserts which range from papers in blank, ruled, dotted or grid formats, annual calendar, to-do lists, perpetual monthly and weekly planner as well as layouts for learning and progress tracking.

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Work days usually start with a cup of coffee or tea; choose to make your morning ritual special with some hand-thrown ceramic vessels from thirty3evelen, whose ethereal pieces add a sense of occasion to even the most banal morning. The Laine mug is a beauty that belies a painstaking handmade technique. Its multiple facets come from being crafted out of 15 individually cut pieces, laboriously joined together to create a whole piece.

A breakaway in form, the Fold Cup, also from thirty3eleven, overlaps on both ends, forcing the user into contemplating how things are made while the bottom is left unglazed to expose its raw clay colour.

Pretty Accents

Whether it is a candle or some fresh flowers, little touches make a difference in imbuing your WFH area with personality.

Pick one of the amazing scents from Lilin + Co’s 100% premium soy wax candles which are carefully hand-poured in small batches. Whether it’s the smoky sweetness of Black Tea & Lychee, the intoxicating floral Wild Frangipani, the zesty Mimosa & Mandarin or the delicious spiciness of Burnt Fig & Cassis, there is a perfect scent to take you through the day.

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Last but not least, add some colour and greenery with fresh flowers. Keep a smaller arrangement on your desk so that it’s not overpowering in both smell and look. Bentuk Bentuk’s faceted sphere pot in just the right size for a few stems. For longer term solutions, consider planting a succulent or cactus that requires minimum maintenance. Match your planter with these local handmade concrete brand’s desk accessories ranging from phone holders, coasters, trays and canisters in artfully swirled concrete.

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