The best office design begins with a great desk. And the best home office desks feature an ergonomic design, well-considered proportions and the right amount of accessories. Whether you need a compact work surface for a small home study or a large bureau for a more expansive office, these contemporary desks are sleek and elegant, while functionality comes from features such as integrated USB ports and lighting, and discreet storage. 

Conceived by some of the most celebrated creative minds and produced by some of world’s best furniture manufacturers, our selection of office desks includes historical designs, multifunctional workstations, essential furniture pieces and desks in bold colours. 

Browse our pick of best office desks by contemporary makers

The historic office desk design reimagined for the future

A black wooden desk by Charlotte Perriand, featuring a curved top and photographed in a studio by a window and near a series of wooden bookshelves

Name: ’Petit Bureau en Forme Libre’
Designer: Charlotte Perriand, reissued by Cassina 
Price: on request

Part of Charlotte Perriand’s freeform design experiments, Cassina’s ’Petit Bureau en Forme Libre’ was originally designed for her own Montparnasse studio. Perriand’s pioneering design approach is evident in the curved forms of the home office desk, allowing users to approach the piece according to their needs and allowing flexibility of use. The desk was an innovative design when it was first conceived in 1952, and remains a marvel of furniture design to this day. Made of solid Canaletto Walnut and available in a black version, Perriand’s desk design was discreetly updated with optional space for cables, combining its modernity with an added functionality.

Leather-bound office desk that combines Italian expertise with a Japanese aesthetic

A simple desk design by Kensaku Oshiro for Poltrona Frau, with a solid ash base and grey leather top. The desk also features a double top that can be slid to one side to change the work surface or create storage

Name: ‘Iren’ desk
Designer: Kensaku Oshiro for Poltrona Frau
Price: £4.150 + VAT

Designer Kensaku Oshiro was inspired by the Japanese concept of ‘iren’ ( indicating ‘an invisible but deliberate continuity between points, lines and characters’ in Japanese calligraphy), a motion that ensures complete harmony between symbols. The resulting office desk is a combination of harmonious lines and practical details. Thanks to a simple movement, the desk’s double surface can overlap to extend the workspace or create storage, and recharging and USB are discreetly concealed in a leather-bound metal box. The gently curved work surface is engineered for a more comfortable arm positioning, and the desk is also available in a wall-mounted version with fitted LED lighting

A colourful office desk to create a working alcove at home

Home office desk by Mathias Hahn for Schoenbuch featuring a blue and dark green surface

Name: ‘Akira’ bureau
Designer: Mathias Hahn for Schönbuch
Price: from €2,950

The ‘Akira’ home office desk by Mathias Hahn for Schönbuch is a bold piece of furniture that is both a functional workstation and a peaceful retreat. The compact surface can be extended to maximise deskspace, and the bureau includes storage compartments that can fit a laptop and notebooks, as well as a smaller case to fit pens and similar items. The desk is a sculptural statement piece whose elegant design is enhanced by the rich palette of matt painted finishes, which can also be customised to create bold, contrasting colour compositions. 

The compact and versatile workstation that adapts to any environment

Studio Klass workstation for Molteni & C, a multifunctional and compact desk with shelves and drawers embedded in the design
Photography: Amos Fricke

Name: ‘Touch Down Unit’ workstation
Designer: Studio Klass for UniFor
Price: on request

This versatile office workstation adapts to any environment, from airport lounges and libraries to high-end offices and private studies. It sits on 360-degree swivel castors and offers a rich palette of colours and configurations, and compact storage space, as well as a modular walnut desktop, allowing you to work sitting or standing. A wired version comes with a flip-door hiding USB ports and a rechargeable battery, while wood and leather trays let you display your sharp stationery on the side cabinet (or hide it inside, if you are of a messier disposition).

The organic, modular table

A table with black oval base and large wooden top

Name: ‘POV’ table
Designer: Kaschkasch for Ton
Price: €7,493,53 (for ‘POV’ table 467)

Designed by Cologne-based studio Kaschkasch, and produced by Czech bentwood specialist Ton, the ‘POV’ collection of tables comes in two heights, three base types and six tabletop shapes, allowing for multiple configurations. The bases are made by joining three bent plywood forms, and the same process is used to produce a stackable conical stool. The collection is available in beech, oak and American walnut, and can be finished in various colours.

The mini office desk addition with space for plants

Small black and chrome home office desk by USM. On the left side are spaces for plant pots, photographed with two plants with green foliage

Name: ‘World of Plants Sideboard’
Designer: USM
Price: £1,373.10 

A design classic since its creation in 1965, the ‘USM Haller’ modular system is branching out with a new range featuring integrated plant pot cut-outs, allowing you to build a towering green wall or simple herb display around your desk. Not only is the contrast between the furniture’s metal grid and soft cascading plants aesthetically pleasing, but the greenery should also help reduce stress and boost creativity. The range includes panels in five sizes and 14 colours, pots in terracotta or basalt, and a discreet watering set.

The compact writing desk that fits anywhere

Small writing desk in wood by More Moebel

Name: ‘Harri’ writing desk S
Designer: Peter Fehrentz for More Moebel
Price: from €2,517

This compact writing desk is sleek and elegant while small enough to fit anywhere. Featuring a veneered tabletop available in walnut and oak, the table’s design is defined by a curved edge that results in a slim writing surface and a more generous side for a ribbed drawer and discreet flap for cables.