In Defense of the Desk
September 27th, 2011
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We’ve had a terrific response to this past weekend’s article (read it here) in the Palm Beach Daily News, and one thing that intrigued us is how many people wanted to know more about our design space. So we’re happy to take ourselves out of the picture — quite literally, see above top — and look at our desk.

Let it be said that sitting at your desk generally gets a bad rap. Anais Nin proudly declared, “My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living”, while John LeCarré warned, “A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world.”

Which is all well and good if you can gallivant around 30′s Paris, or need to stalk the Cold War stage, but if like the rest of us you have to earn a living, you tend to be hunkered down at a desk. So we counter Ms Nin and Mr LeCarré with our favorite French proverb: Appetite comes with eating.

Day after day we sit ourselves down and design, and it’s only then that the ideas start to flow. Fortunately, our desk is a place we love to be. It at once reminds us of where we are, and where we’ve been.

Our desk itself, with its raffia and bamboo effect, anchors us here in Palm Beach’s golden light. The cane chair and lamp also speak to the good luck of our tropical locale. In front of us we often range a collection of mementos. Here we have our white porcelain dachshund, a small Fornasetti dish and a brass puppy — each one sourced from a different trip, these memories keep us happy company.

Perhaps this is our guide to a good work space. If you need to be at your desk anyway, populate it with fine things that you truly love — why not dump that old plastic pencil pot for a silver beaker? — and maybe you won’t always feel the need to escape it.


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