The From the Desk of series is one of the oldest and longest running posts on ACL. I hear from a lot of people that say it is their favorite thing on the site, something I have to say that I tend to agree with. Honestly though, it is harder to pull off than I ever could have imagined. It’s difficult to find interesting people that also have intriguing work areas — and get them to open said desks to the world and the ravenous commenters here. So it is something maybe less explored than it should be.
I actually have been thinking about featuring my own desk for about the past year — considering if maybe people will like it, or at the very least people will detest it and a comment flame war will ensue — but I never really felt it was totally right, not yet ready for public consumption. Recently though, with the addition of a proper desk chair (a new Knoll Generation chair, which was sent gratis from the Pennsylvania-based design company) I realized that I’m as ready now as I will ever be.
The contents of my desk are a combination of vintage finds and modern everyday technology. The desk itself was chosen two apartments ago (from Pottery Barn, gasp) because of its modular set up (it can be changed into a set of file cabinets easily) in case I move into a space that won’t accommodate it as is. That said, it’s about time to move on a find a new desk, I just haven’t been able to find the right one. Until then, I’m pretty comfortable with what I have and think it works well in my space. You be the judge. The specific contents of my desk are below.
- 48 star American flag (acquired at a flea market in Conn.)
- Vintage metal locker
- Federal Supply notebooks
- Desk lamp from Schoolhouse Electric
- ACL notepad from Terrapin Stationers & Engravers
- Fujifilm X100
- Field Notes pencils
- Knoll Generation desk chair
- Mac Mini + Cinema Display
- Flip clock screensaver
- Custom $109 notebook from Smythson
- iPad2 + wool case from The Good Flock
- MacBook Air 11″ in a tweed ACL & Co case
- Vintage Dazor desk lamp (eBay)
- Diptyque “Mimosa” candle
- Two Western Digital external hard drives
- Vintage postcard of the Cuyahoga industrial valley in Cleveland