They don’t make desks like they used to and for good reason. Laptops, cloud-based storage, and smartphones mean we no longer need the bulky workstations of the past. Get to the head of the class with these sleek pieces. Plus, pair them with our favorite chic office chairs.
RECIPIO ’14 DESK BY ANTONIO CITTERIO FOR MAXALTO
The curved edge at the top is a lovely subtle detail, while the metal bar along the bottom is a nice place to rest your feet.
POM’S DESK BY JULIE PFLIGERSDORFFER FOR LIGNE ROSET
It may not be the most practical – but this playful take on the old-fashioned flip-top school desk would be perfect for a studio apartment.
ACRYLIC DESK BY CONSORT
If you want a longer or shorter desk, switch out the acrylic top. Plus, those metal legs add a dose of industrial style.
MIDCENTURY MODERN WRITING DESK BY CHELSEA TEXTILES
We love this traditional form in an unexpected painted finish.
CHIBA STUDY DESK BY SELAMAT DESIGNS
The deep blue lacquered finish over mahogany is a fresh twist on campaign style. Plus, you could use it as a console.
DANA ACRYLIC WRITING DESK BY INTERLUDE
Pair it with an antique ottoman and this desk would make a terrific dressing table. It’s perfect for a small space.
RISOM DESK BY JENS RISOM FOR DESIGN WITHIN REACH
Designed in 1968, this matte desk is perfect for writing or a man’s dressing table.
XAVIER DESK BY MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS
The combination of brass and glass means you can mix this into almost any interior. And it could easily double as a drinks or even a dining table.
VICTOR DESK BY ROBERTO LAZZERONI FROM THE CONRAN SHOP
This oak-and-lacquer desk would make a vivid accent piece floating in the center of a contemporary room.
BOND DESK BY JONATHAN ADLER
This Lucite-legged desk evokes the 1960s, when the material was in its heyday. But its slender proportions and feminine quality modernize the piece.
URSULINE DESK BY PIERRE PAULIN FOR LIGNE ROSET
Petite yet sturdy, the curved sides naturally conceal what’s on the desk. Plus, there’s storage for all of your desk supplies.
PARSONS DESK BY WEST ELM
Apart from offering tons of legroom, this glossy white finish can go in any kind of environment. And at just $299, it’s a bargain.
BASIS DESK BY ROOM & BOARD
Its minimalist stainless-steel base makes this desk modern, but the richly grained wood could work in a traditional interior as well.
TANIS DESK BY PIERRE PAULIN FROM LIGNE ROSET
Walnut-finished drawers give warmth to the durable black laminate – which will mask pen marks. Place it in the center of a den to call attention to its striking form.