Considering how revealingly personal our work spaces evolve into, it's perplexing how little thought usually goes into setting up a desk beforehand, not only in regards to workflow, but also considering our own day to day comfort and as a space of inspiration. Those charges couldn't be made against the WorkNest, a highly configurable and customizable desk system which should appeal to those of us who like to "change things up" regularly...
Billed by its designer, Wiktoria Lenart of Studio Lenart, as a "project of modular office furniture for creative people", the WorkNest taps into the common inclination to seek personal customization in spaces we call our own, with an assortment of add-on pieces extending the utility and aesthetic presence of the workspace well beyond a standard horizontal plane.
Add a pair of side saddle curved partitions, and now the desk offers an extra layer of privacy and storage for books, headphones, or magazines. An add-on space divider trellis becomes an opportunity for additional hanging storage, but perhaps more inspiringly, allows users to hang potted plants to add a layer of livability (and fresh air) not always present in the typical cubicle or even home office setting.
The WorkNest isn't commercially available yet, but there are some options available right now which offer many of the same customizable functions and options as this concept piece. The slat trellis divider on wheels could be easily fashioned with a minimum of woodworking tools, with casters available online. Though not as streamlined as the WorkNest version, this $80.95 trellis box planter could be painted and converted for hanging accessories from it, with a desk placed over the planter section (additional storage!).
The IKEA GRUNDTAL hanging kitchen system offers some of the same type of container options for stationery and plant storage as the WorkNest above, with the $9.99 GRUNDTAL wall rail a viable replacement for the trellis divider.
The Studio Wing acrylic side dividers don't offer the same beautiful curved transition from desk to partition as the WorkNest, but these do offer add-on privacy for any desk in three different sizes.
Finally, the desk itself is possibly best approximated by making an easy and affordable DIY sawhorse leg table; the yellow metal legs are available at Home Depot for under $30 with a salvaged door or IKEA as-is section worktop prime candidates for a budget friendly desk surface solution. If you want something a little more polished, there's always the tech-elegant Bluelounge StudioDesk, which offers the addition of cable and cord control.
More information and photos about the WorkNest at www.worknest.me.
(Images: Wiktoria Lenart; as linked above)