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The Write Stuff: Designer Desks That Work


Step into fall with the Studio 7H Villas writing desk. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The carefree days of summer are drawing to a close, and it’s time for back to business and routine. According to a recent survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 25 percent of Americans do some, or all, of their work from home.

So isn’t it time to show your at-home space and home office furniture the stylish respect it deserves?

French writing desk

Transform your home office into a haute office with uptown style and functionality, as seen in this curvy French 54-inch writing desk with a center drawer drop-front for keyboard use. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

This fall, that’s easy to do because the style spotlight is on designer desks (and chairs) that blend function and fashion. Whether your home office furniture look is traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between, there’s something for everyone….

Distinguished Classics

Traditional shapes, rich finishes and meticulous detailing give these desks the look of cherished antiques passed down from one generation to the next.

Treviso desk room

Capturing the beauty and romance of the Italian Renaissance is the Treviso writing desk with elegantly-carved legs. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

While the Treviso writing desk with its rich, dark macchiato finish, elegantly-carved legs and leather writing surface may whisk you away to the romance of the Italian Renaissance, there’s plenty of functionality here to keep you grounded, including a center drawer with drop-front to accommodate a keyboard and two utility drawers.


The home office accent desk is a classic beauty in shimmery silver leaf. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

With its lovely mirrored top, lacy-carved skirting and long slender legs, the silver-leaf accent desk conjures images of elegant writing tables from a bygone era when ladies lunched and handwrote notes to friends and family.


The Jacobean Twist leg flip-top writing desk adds a tiny touch of Tudor style. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

 Although slightly scaled, the Jacobean-Twist Leg Flip-Top Writing Desk is big on function. Its wood and leather top flips to reveal a brown leather gold tooled writing surface and multiple ‘pigeon holes’ for storage.

Modern by Design

Clean-lined silhouettes and period detailing spin these designer desks in unexpected contemporary ways.


Creative writers will be drawn to the Melange Bondurant desk that conjures images of glam travel by sea during the early 1900s. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Melange Bondurant Desk resembles a vintage travel trunk with its boxy shape and shiny faux zinc finish trimmed out in rich leather and decorative nail heads.


The Palisade writing desk sits atop legs that smartly criss-cross in Art Deco style. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Palisade writing desk is Art Deco-inspired but made for how we work today with a concealed drop-front center drawer to hold your computer keyboard; plus two utility drawers and one removeable writing insert and pencil tray for use in either drawers.


The Wendover Utility Desk has storage galore, including a hidden drop-front keyboard center drawer on each side and two utility drawer pedestals that can be turned to either side of the desk, depending on storage needs. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

With its stylish spin on practical, utilitarian design, the Wendover utility desk bridges three design point-of-views (Arts & Crafts, Mid-Century Modern and Industrial Chic) and is purposely designed for use by two people–one on each side.

Rustic Elegance

This new spin on chic is all about unexpected finishes that take the shiny new off rooms and infuse them with a sense of history for your home office furniture and designer desks.


Although similar in shape, the Sunset Point, Willow Bend and Mirrored writing desk are anything but fashion copycats. Photos: Hooker Furniture.

With distinctive spindle legs and a subtle washed painted finish, the Sunset Point writing desk looks as if it were plucked from a vintage cottage overlooking the sea. The Willow Bend writing desk’s design is rooted in the values of the farm-to-table movement, a trend growing in popularity for its nostalgic glance back at simpler, more tranquil times.  A mix of antique mirror and dramatic distressing give the Mirrored Writing Desk its Old Hollywood Glam look.

Desks with Split Identities

Small-scale desks are growing in popularity because, in between work stints, they can take on a new role instead of sitting idly by.


The Scandinavian-inspired Studio 7H Stiegs writing desk has a modern organic feel. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Studio 7H Stiegs Writing Desk is sized right to also function as a sofa table, and because it has so many built-in storage spots, it’s easy to keep it looking neat between work sessions.


Although filled with classic design elements from the land of ooh-la-la, like an antique rubbed finish and classic French pulls and knobs, there’s more to the La Maison writing desk than meets the eye. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

At first glance, the La Maison writing desk appears to simply be a haute hallway table. A closer look reveals a desk ready for action with a pop-up lid that hides a charging station with two electrical outlets and two USB ports; a drop-front keyboard center drawer, two utility drawers with removable dividers, a keyboard drawer and four adjustable shelves. Plus, it has a removable storage hutch.


With its clean lines and mix of wood and metal, the Studio 7H Final Draft writing table adds a mid-century modern vibe. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Studio  7H Final Draft writing desk is practically perfect for portability. Its compact size makes it suitable to also use as an accent table by the sofa, next to the bed or in the foyer. When ready to work, simply pop open its wide drop-front drawer to extract your laptop and paperwork.

Last But Not Least: Stylish Seats

Finding a desk chair that is comfortable and stylish enough to blend in with existing home décor has always been a challenge. Until now…


A great desk needs a great chair. Any one of these will fit the bill. Photos: Hooker Furniture and Sam Moore Furniture.

A modern spin on a classic wing chair, the EC Desk Chair can wing it well in traditional or contemporary spaces. Mid-Century modernists will go mad for the Studio 7H Bentwood Arm Chair , crafted of striated acacia wood veneer and gleaming metal. With a softly curved silhouette and gracious sloping arms, the Blair Desk Chair from Sam Moore puts a feminine spin on office seating.

Color your work day up by pairing your desk with the Excalibur Desk Chair in a muted gold leather and warm wood finish.

Add a dose of exotic chic (and do a little pattern-mixing! with the Ellie exposed wood chair that’s sheathed in a sophisticated safari print.

With designer desks and desk chairs like these, it’s easy to transform your 9-to-5 grind into a labor of love. Isn’t it time you got a desk (and chair) that stylishly works for how you live?

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