7 Seriously Enviable Office Desk Setups

March 24th, 2009 · 18 Comments

7 Seriously Enviable Office Desk Setups

Considering how many people spend the lion’s share of their daily life inside an office, it’s surprising how few of us have taken steps to make our office setups more inspiring.

Here we explore seven workspaces so well kitted-out and stylised that they could feature in an episode of “Pimp My Office”. With the right furniture and accessories, you too can turn your boring, drab office into a “blinging” workspace, fit for a media mogul, creative mastermind or “corporate gangster”.

Danny Choo’s Insanely Geeky Mac Setup

Danny Choos Insanely Geeky Mac Setup

If you died and went to Apple heaven, it would look very much like this, only without the female anime figurines cluttering the place. This office setup is equipped with all the latest Apple paraphernalia, including two iMacs, two MacBook Pros, a Power Mac G5, a Mac mini and an iPod touch, used as a desk clock.

With the excellent Teleport, the user of this setup can control all of the machines on his or her desk with just one keyboard and mouse. When the cursor is moved off the right-hand side of one screen, it appears on the left of an adjacent screen, allowing all the Macs to be used simultaneously and files to be dragged and dropped between computers.

Pro Photographer’s Dream Setup

Pro Photographers Dream Setup

This setup is small, but perfectly formed. Everything from the industrial strength (steel-reinforced) desk, to the sumptuous blue colour scheme, screams style and sophistication. The Apple Mac Pro (Dual Quad-Core Intel Xeon) and the MacBook Pro (2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo) are connected by a Firewire 800 shared network and fit seamlessly with the 24” Dell Ultrasharp Widescreen monitor.

The Wacom Tablet (a must for all Adobe Illustrator users) and APC Battery Back Ups, which can run office hardware for 30 minutes in the event of a power failure, provide the finishing touches to this perfectly balanced workspace. The only thing we’re unsure about is the user’s unhealthy obsession with Jackie Martinez: who is she, anyway?

Stefan Didak’s Infamous Geekfest

Stefan Didaks Infamous Geekfest

Eminent Dutch software designer, Stefan Didak, wins the prize for the most excessive use of screens: he uses twelve monitors in a setup which would seemingly suit an octopus better than a human being. Six 24” monitors (two angled Elizo Flexscan and four HP LP2475w monitors mounted on Ergotron LX arms) form the main focal point of the setup, with three 17” Hyundai monitors, a 19” HP monitor and a couple of laptops on the periphery. Don’t ask Stefan about his electricity bill!

The office has a Behringer audio system, with a Behringer Eurotrack Pro RX1602 16-channel mixer and a Behringer Miniamp Amp800, complete with headphone amplifier, which is just as well considering the huge amount of noise the fans on all this equipment must make. The brick-textured foam wallpaper is designed to absorb some of this white noise, and looks great under the ambient LED lighting.

Minimalist Desk Perfection

Minimalist Desk Perfection

This great setup has a minimalist Scandinavian design ethic that perfectly suits the Apple hardware it contains. The office is wonderfully bright; thanks to a large window in the ceiling which casts natural light onto brilliant white walls. Three monitors (one 30” Apple Cinema Display flanked by two 20” Apple Cinema Displays), which sit atop a spacious white Ikea Effektiv series desk, receive images from a Mac Pro (3GHz) that sits snugly underneath.

The setup features a Norwegian-designed Stokke Duo chair, in black leather and wood. This unique chair seeks to overcome the muscular problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle, by providing several comfortable ways to park your backside. The chair can be used in three positions: upright, leaning forward and leanimg back.

Triple Display Corner Desk Utopia

Triple Display Corner Desk Utopia

This rather masculine setup (note black colour scheme and half finished bottle of lager) is both functional and stylistically coherent. Everything, except for the rogue white keyboard to the left of the picture, fits seamlessly together.

Rather than position the monitors side-by-side, the standard method employed in the vast majority of examples here, the user of this setup has kept them apart, so as to produce two (or three if you count the laptop) distinct workspaces, each with a keyboard, mouse and 20” Dell monitor (the newer of which is an S2009W Full HD Widescreen LCD).

Desk-bound Gadget Overload

Desk-bound Gadget Overload

PanHandle Joe, the user of this office, has managed to cram an impressive amount of kit onto limited shelving, making the most of his workspace. The key feature of this setup is a string of 6 monitors, spanning a whopping 7ft. There’s even a laptop on the side, just in case he runs out of screen space! The three Dual-Core 3.0GHz computers are controlled using Stardock Multiplicity, an effective tool that can handle up to 7 machines at once.

An office with 7ft of monitors is impressive enough, but the legendary PanHandle Joe was not content to stop there. His setup is complete with a fully functional and well-stocked bar, with 18 different spirits, Jack Daniels in every size, a fridge full of beer, a cigar safe, a Busch Bavarian clock and even a wine whistle (whatever that is!)

The GTD Guy’s Home Office Desk

This office, more high fashion than high-tech, shows that it takes more than metres of monitors to make a great setup. Simplicity is key to this desk setup, and the Mac mini and wireless Apple keyboard help add to the uncluttered nature of this space, as do the Audioengine A5 Bookshelf Speakers, which negate the need for an unsightly subwoofer.

IKEA furniture is a cheap and effective way of adding a hint of style to your office, and the dark green cabinet here looks great against the white walls and wooden floor. Everything in this setup has its place, apart from perhaps the bike. Whether or not this is the bike’s usual home (I suspect it was brought in for stylistic effect), a beautiful single-speed racer such as this adds a certain European “je ne sais quoi” to any room.

Tags: Offbeat

18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Junaid Ahmed // Mar 24, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    These are lovely desktop setups for sure! you can check out my setup here..

  • 2 Jon Haarstad // Mar 25, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Cool pics. One note – your RSS feed isn’t right. I’d like to track your blog but your Feedburner feed goes to some random blog about bridges.

  • 3 GenghisKhan // Mar 25, 2009 at 3:49 am

    I like Geekfest and GTD–bikes make anything better! Of course, the best office setup might be a crackberry with satellite access so anywhere can be your desk, especially places far from anywhere!

  • 4 Anne H // Mar 25, 2009 at 4:29 am

    Interesting setups. I have two monitors linked via MaxiVista which works well for me. Effective and doesn’t cost me a lot in power.

  • 5 Mark Sebastian // Mar 25, 2009 at 6:12 am

    I object. My obsession with Jackie Martinez is not unhealthy!

    P.S. My system has been upgraded since that photo was taken. The APC battery sits on the floor next to my subwoofer, and there are BOSE speakers bolted onto the walls. There is also a Carver amp and Tuner with a functional N.E.S. sitting on the desk. The 24″ Ultrasharp was swapped out for a 30″

  • 6 Dave Davidoff // Mar 26, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    I love the Mac setups with all the monitors. Think about all the gaming you can’t do with them!!!

  • 7 Alec // Mar 26, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Although I’m a fan of multiple monitors, I really dig the simple setup! Makes me feel guilty about not keeping my office neater. Also enjoyed searching for all of the Apple products in Danny Choo’s setup! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to more posts!

  • 8 Joffrey // Mar 27, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Maybe you’ll like these geeky desk setups too?

  • 9 探客 // Mar 28, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Triple Display Corner Desk Utopia

  • 10 wolfy // Mar 28, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Wow, they are really gorgeous!

  • 11 Kanito // Mar 29, 2009 at 3:43 am

    Minimalist Desk Perfection is great! I love it! Nice stuff, cool house and wonderful setup!

  • 12 Logo Design Guru // Mar 30, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Wow, multiple computers sure does help production. Very interesting. That is a lot of macs all at once.

  • 13 Armante // Apr 1, 2009 at 12:22 am

    The pro photographer’s set-up is less than ideal – sure it looks great, but all that deep blue paint wil throw off your colour perception, and you wouldn’t have a regular lightbulb in the desklamp either – note how it turns the blue a shade of purple..

  • 14 Hannah Belle Lectre // Apr 1, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I am a girl, and that masculine black color scheme and the lager bottle looks essentially perfect for me!

  • 15 Stylie // Apr 2, 2009 at 4:08 am

    Really amazing, I have been dreaming about this set-up desk set up for my editing bay.

  • 16 ㄤ男丨蘇瓦特 // Apr 2, 2009 at 5:48 am

    So far I just have a 23′ lcd.

  • 17 Vince // Jan 11, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Glass desk tops look great but are not that practicalas they mark easily and you cannot hide the tons of wires which always seem to live under the desk. Very stylish though

  • 18 Amal Roy // May 3, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Like the last one. Simple and neat.

Leave a Comment