We've looked at desks designed to cut cable clutter, desks with storage and desks with gutters. But this deceptively-simple-looking desk by Artifox may be one of the most efficient designs we've seen yet for modern-day usage. Designed for pure functionality, if not flexibility, Artifox's Desk 01 is the type of object that an archaeologist could dig up 1,000 years in the future and study to deduce how we worked in the year 2014.
My biggest gripe with modern-day desks is that there's no allowance for the bags we all carry. Artifox has taken care of that with a simple knob on the front that provides easy bag access. Make that two knobs, with the second providing a handy spot to stow headphones for your Skype session.
An angled groove in the desk surface provides a handy (if static) spot to place a tablet and smartphone, or just a tablet if in landscape orientation.
The groove intersects with a pluggable through-hole, allowing power cables to be passed to the concealed shelf beneath that can host a power strip.
A whiteboard surface on one side of the desk supplants Post-Its, providing a handy spot to scribble temporary notes.
I know what you're thinking: "That whiteboard on the right side would be great—but I'm a lefty." Artifox has taken that into consideration and offers the desk in both right- and left-handed configurations (sorry, no photos of the lefty desks available).
The Desk 01 comes in either maple ($1,099) or walnut ($1,299) and starts shipping next month.