This month, the lovely team at Barker & Stonehouse have asked me to pick out my favourite desks from their current collection. And since I spend so much of my time at the desk in my own home office, I feel well qualified to evaluate and recommend the best offerings for you all. Whether your desk is your official workspace or simply given over to household admin, these 4 very different examples are each as much a feature as they are functional and prove that every study can be stylish.

For a quirky industrial look: the Jorge Workbench

Jorge Workbench Desk, Sale Price £699

If you’re looking to go all out and channel the industrial look in your home, then I think the Jorge Workbench desk is unusual and fun. In addition to two large drawers, lined with a faint Swedish newspaper stain for added character, the desk features an authentic clamp. On the practical side, the raised board along the desk’s tabletop will ensure you don’t lose papers and pens down the back.

Team it with: the Teo Office Chair 

A contemporary understated piece using reclaimed timber: the Hendricks Wright Desk

Hendricks Wright Desk, Sale Price £599

The Hendricks Wright desk is ideal if you’re working with a smaller space or simply prefer a minimalist look. Crafted by hand in black walnut and demolition hardwood, the desk features 3 discreet but relatively spacious drawers and a simple modern steel frame.

Team it with: the Golbourne Bookshelf

A wow-factor desk making a nod to our aviation heritage: the Aviator Valkyrie Desk


Aviator Valkyrie Desk, sale price £2789


Inspired by the World War II Spitfire, the Timothy Oulton Aviator range features sleek aerodynamic lines and aged aluminium finishes. Reminiscent of a plane’s wing tip, with authentic rivet detailing, the Aviator Valkyrie Desk is a real statement piece. It has a practical shelving section for papers and filing.

Team it with: the Aviator Tomcat Armchair

For imagining you’re thousands of miles away: the Castaway Desk


Timothy Oulton Castaway desk, sale price £2789

 With 4 deep drawers and a tabletop that pulls apart to reveal a concealed storage area, the Castaway Desk offers a huge amount of valuable storage space. It combines brushed aluminium wrapped with beach wood and beautifully curved edges. At almost 2 metres in width, the Castaway Desk will make an impact in any home or office.

Team it with: the Castaway Bookcase 

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