Unless your desk is equipped with a set of bulky built-in drawers or is flanked by a small army of file cabinets, there's really no way to keep the work surface clear of clutter. Sure, some people say they work better in the small, cramped spaces in between towering stacks of books and piles of paper, but I, for one, beg to differ, and I'm sure many of you agree that there's nothing less motivating than a messy desk. If you like a spare work station but use things like pens and notebooks and power cords on a daily basis like a normal person, furniture designer Bruno Serrao has the streamlined solution.
Manufactured by the small Portuguese joinery company, Wewood, Serrao's BS 01 desk houses eight hidden drawers and compartments to organize all your papers, planners and Post-Its—even your laptop—and still retain a lean profile. More remarkable still is the fact that no nails or screws are used to build the desk—it's one solid piece of beautiful French oak. Serrao admits that this choice "added some technical difficulties" in terms of manufacturing, which is probably why it costs $4,700, but whoever said elegant design solutions came cheap? Just think of all the money you'll save on filing cabinets.