Ruark Amplis

Ruark Amplis

Ruark has deepened its collaboration with Linley, following the earlier bespoke version of the Tempo Radio. The Ruark x LINLEY Amplis Audio System takes melodic marquetry to another level, with an inlaid case that is hand-crafted at LINLEY’s workshop using a number of matched veneers. Evoking the radiant Deco-style forms often found on early wireless cabinets, there are three different colourways available. The veneers include Sycamore, Pama, Bolivar and Anegre, meticulously matched and combined to create a device that looks as good as it sounds.

Amplis Audio System, £5,750. ruarkaudio.com

Ruark Audio R1

Ruark R1 Bluetooth Radio

The latest version of Ruark’s R1 is the fourth iteration of this modern classic. Combining DAB and Bluetooth, the compact R1 is now upgraded to a USB-C charger with the addition of Light Cream and Espresso finishes. The signature slatted wooden grille is neatly hand-crafted to create a discrete but elegant device fit for any shelf or surface.

R1 Mk4, £229. ruarkaudio.com

Joy Resolve Wireless Charger

Joy Resolve Wireless Charger

We’re big fans of Joy Resolve’s Barisieur, a coffee-brewing alarm clock. Their latest product is more low-key and less eye-opening but still beautifully functional. Deploying the Qi Wireless Charging standard – as used by Apple’s new iPhone 12 and many Android phones – into a simple walnut-clad coaster, it can also be plugged into the charge port of your coffee machine for effective desk consolidation.

Wireless Charger. joyresolve.com

Tivoli Audio Limited Edition Model One

Tivoli 20th Anniversary Limited-Edition Model One

Another radio with admirable longevity, Tivoli Audio’s Model One is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020. The American firm’s rectangular dial-driven device is honoured with a walnut wood special edition with inlaid mother-of-pearl, eschewing DAB in favour of a straightforward AM/FM set-up (with added Bluetooth connectivity if you can’t live without podcasts).

Tivoli 20th Anniversary Limited-Edition Model One, USD$219. tivoliaudio.com

Grovemade

Grovemade iPad stand

Finally, a wood object designed for the digital era but decidedly low-tech in its appeal. All-American company Grovemade offer a wide range of desk accessories, using natural materials like laminated and moulded walnut and maple plywood, vegetable tanned leather and natural cork. Its latest offering is an iPad stand; wood, steel and Merino wool come together to make a simple design statement for this desktop essential.

iPad stand, $70. grovemade.com