Who writes letters by hand these days? Is anyone still in touch with Pierre, the slightly odd French exchange pen pal who was forced upon them in high school? No? As everyone will be sat reading this from a computer monitor, I’m presuming we’re all quite computer savvy, send emails, own mobile phones and have the nimble fingers of a Jedi when it comes to texting our friends, and therefore won’ t be whipping out the quill and ink any time soon. So, why are writing desks still a popular piece of furniture in the home?
Despite emails and phone calls being the most popular use for modern day contact, sadly nobody told the banks…or the catalogue people for that matter. We still receive oodles of correspondence through the mail every day, and unless we’re happy for it to end up on the fridge, behind the toaster or in the cereal cupboard, we need a writing desk to keep it all in order.
Writing Desk are available in many shapes, styles and sizes. Traditionally they were handcrafted from wood and used solely for writing. They contained a series of drawers that had specific divisions for inkpot, blotter and powder tray, a surface covered in leather to write on, and spaces for paper. Nowadays the designs have changed to suit the modern lifestyle plus they have far more versatile uses.
With more people working from home, home offices are on the increase. The writing desk is the key piece in any office, and must be chosen for personal functional needs. Today’s desks need space for a monitor, tower, scanner, printer and speakers and many are designed with these elements in mind. Many come with adjustable shelves, metal divides on the top to arrange folders, CD and DVD racks and built in white boards to make notes on. These are available in a variety of materials, from the MDF with veneers for those on a budget, or metals and acrylic for those looking for something slightly different.
For those who don’t have the luxury of an entire spare room to turn into an office and have to section off an area of another room, the choice of writing desk will change and have more limitations. It will have to tie in with existing decor, not be too imposing and fit into the selected space. Corner desks are a real space saver and an interesting design element, giving you two wall surfaces to line files up against. L-shaped desks can act as a room divider when positioned against a wall, keeping home life and office life separate. Desk Armoires are a great idea for those with limited space, as when they are not in use they can be closed, keeping the area looking tidy and not causing your living room to look like an office.
There are however desk that can be made a feature of. Ultra modern glass desk would suit a minimalist modern interior with their light and clean appearance, and could be added into an open plan living space and completely blend in with the decor.
Some designs are so delicate they can be used in other areas of the home, for example antique style Rococo designs are perfect as ladies dressing tables. Their curved shell like lines and ornate details and the fact that some incorporate mirrors make them a classic and sophisticated inclusion to any bedroom. Accompanied with Luxury Bedding and set off with detailed elegant Curtain Holdbacks, will create a truly glamorous tranquil sleeping environment.
Hallways are another place writing desks work really well, whether antique or modern it depends entirely on your current interior decor. For large hallways grand dominating Art deco style works really well. With their elaborate decoration and various use of wood species mixed in one piece it’s easy to marry them with existing woods being used. Many Art Deco pieces also have decoration on all sides, so don’t need to be places against a wall, and can float in a room to be admired form all sides. For smaller halls, use a smaller scale desk of a lighter frame and colour, which would work perfectly as a telephone stand.