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Out of office but working from home? We've handpicked the high-design products to invest in now, from ergonomic chairs to statement lamps

31 March 2020



If your office space is all mahogany panelling and midcentury antiques, your desk space should reflect the same aesthetic. Lighting is key – the green banker’s lamp is a classic, but we also like these vintage table lamps by Laurel (Don Draper had a similar pair in his office in Mad Men). Throw in colonial-style seating such as this Pierre Jeanneret design and maybe even a home bar for real Roger Sterling attitude.

Pierre Jeanneret chair, £40,000 for set of six, vinterior.co; green banker’s lamp, £275, broughtons.com; Livingstone antique globe, £2,699.00, bellerbyandco.com; Montegrappa fountain pen, £1,728, penshop.co.uk

Scandi style

A minimal, uncluttered desk space creates a calm environment in which to work and means you can find all your essentials easily. But stripped-back doesn’t have to mean sterile: add some handmade pottery by Kana London (whose mugs double up as penholders) or Florence St George, and introduce warmth with smart textiles and potted plants. We also love Hay’s Kaleido tray for colourful keepsakes.

Suspension light, £792, viaduct.co.uk; trestle table, £210, untothislast.co.uk; planter, approx. £90, allmodern.com; handmade ceramic mugs, from £34.00, kanalondon.com

Creative flair

Freelance life can get lonely, so add some furry friends in the shape of Seletti’s mice lights to turn your desk into the coolest of co-working spaces. High-design touches, like this abstract chair by Verner Panton, will help get you in the right mind frame, and if you work with your hands (or if you’re simply being extra-careful because of COVID-19), make sure they’re being looked after too, with a nourishing hand cream that doesn’t look out of place among your art (we love Officine Universelle de Buly, too).

Verner Panton red chair, £320, 1stdibs.co.uk; hexagonal pine pencil pot, £95, pentreath-hall.com; palmarosa and vetiver hand cream, £15, austinaustinorganic.com; Seletti lamp, £50.40, johnlewis.com; Luke Edward Hall x The Lacquer Company tray, £395, matchesfashion.com

Coastal cool

I salute anyone who can sit at a desk with the ocean in view, but if you’re of a more disciplined nature than I, make sure you create a space that doesn’t have you longing to leave. Graham & Greene’s gorgeous coral lamp has been on my wishlist for months, and a Gio Ponti peacock chair feels straight out of a Mallorcan beach retreat. Add a handful of chic accessories (no one does stationery quite like Papier) and you could kid yourself you’re in the Hamptons.

Gio Ponti chair, £1,049.69, 1stdibs.co.uk; coral lamp, £125, grahamandgreen.co.uk; Maude scissors, £22, anthropologie.com; ikat cushion cover, approx. £20, tom-tailor.eu; mosaic notebook, £19.99, papier.com; pencil set, £3.37, etsy.com


Fed up with straining to see your screen? Altwork is redesigning the way we work, with screens suspended over a reclining chair – providing extra support for your back and reducing pressure on your neck. Counteract the rather clinical design with Mui’s streamlined virtual assistant, which looks like a panel of wood when not activated, and Plumen’s dimmable LED bulbs with 15,000 hours of power.

Altwork reclining work station, approx, £6,200, altwork.com; electronic notebook and pens, £229, iskn.co/uk; Willow dimmable LED, £25.00, ukshop.plumen.com; Mui touch panel, £445, mui.jp; Bluetooth desk, £3,820, gomodern.co.uk