In this Napa, California, restoration, a John Baldessari photograph rests on a shelf above a built-in desk just around the corner from the kitchen.
Surrounded on all sides by a sweeping Canadian hayfield, the 23.2 House is an angular ode to rural life. Out of “respect for the beams and their history,” Designer Omer Arbel insisted that not a single reclaimed plank—still marked by nailheads and chipped paint—be cut nor altered during construction, which gave the home its striking geometric motif. Here, a tiny family member posts up at the built-in desk in the middle of the living room.
Architectural designer Alan Y. L. Chan's New York apartment measures just over 400 square feet. When rolled across the apartment, the table serves as an extension of the concrete desk, partially tucking underneath to extend the work surface and create an interplay of materials. “Each part must serve multiple functions,” says Chan.
The bedroom in this renovated Malibu trailer allows for a tiny niche for a built-in wood desk. The target painting is by Alia Penner.
When fantasizing about the ultimate home office, the owner of this project, a digitally fabricated design in London, imagined something sleek and sculptural that would conceal all the cords and contraptions that clutter most desks. To bring this vision to life, architect Alvin Huang and his team at Synthesis Design and Architecture hung sheets of CNC-milled birch—fabricated by local firm Cutting Edge—from the wall to form a continuous three-dimensional form.
Architect Drew Lang designed a house for his family in the Hudson Woods development north of New York City. A yellow Pedestal filing cabinet by USM is tucked under a built-in desk in the guest bedroom. The leather-back chair was designed by Michael Robbins, a furniture designer based in New York's Hudson Valley.