I’ve been wanting to invest in a standing desk for a little while now (as designer/illustrator life leads to WAY too much sitting). My research into possibilities for new desks, however, was happily abandoned (as new standing desks are almost universally ugly/too practical-looking) when I discovered that my dad had a gorgeous old tall-desk lurking in his studio basement.
It’s quite old - dad estimates 1880s (and judging by the thickness of the pine boards from which it’s constructed, I agree!), and he rescued it from the garbage outside Central Tech when he was teaching there. He also happened to have a perfect accompanying chair sitting in his other studio at the cottage, which matches the desk as if it was made for it.
Both pieces of furniture have history, which is a nice change from my usual IKEA-furniture-based decor. The desk has mysterious pencils (or pens? Or other art supplies?!) rattling around in the closed desk top, possibly shoved through the small hole in one side by bored students, and has an initial - an A carved in one side. I like to imagine generations of students sitting at this desk, working on projects or falling asleep or secretly reading a book.
The chair is decorated with globs of paint/gesso from living in my dad’s summer studio for decades - he offered to sand and paint over everything, but I asked for the chair as-is, as it feels a bit like a creative artist’s charm, passed down from father to daughter to keep the studio atmosphere vibrant.
The first few photos show the studio-rearranging process, which took a day and a half to complete (because I have everything in the world in this tiny room, apparently?!), then some shots of the nearly-complete new setup. It’s lovely having the window beside me - like being in a miniature solarium.
The final photo is of my brand new mug (which is from IKEA…I haven’t sworn them off entirely) and the morning light making my windowsill plants happy. Now I need to stop procrastinating and work on school-things, but I hope you all enjoyed the Saga of Newdeskingtimes!