Take your professional setup to the next level with these desktop must-haves
Words: Alessandro Ferrara
You have been working remotely for a while now and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. To help you refine your setting, we have selected our favourite items that are sure to boost its aesthetic, as well as improve your productivity, posture and even keep you hydrated in the most innovative and elegant way. Scroll on, and thank us later.
The Desk Mat by Carl Friedrik There is nothing more motivating than a stylish workspace, and the first step in achieving one is definitely investing in a large, fine leather desk mat. Carl Friedrik’s is our favourite: made in Naples using vegetable-tanned Vachetta leather which has been burnished and brushed to ensure long-lasting durability. As with all the brand’s products, it comes with a life warranty and a 100-day trial. Available in Chocolate, Cognac and Black, also in a smaller size, with monogramming at an additional cost. The Desk Mat, £155, Carl Friedrik.
Carry Sleeve by moft The MOFT Carry Sleeve is an elegant laptop sleeve with an innovative 4-in-1 design, providing the safety and protection of a sleeve, the ergonomy of a laptop stand, the portability essentials of a storage bag, and a look that lets you commute in style. Its built-in stand can be adjusted to position between 15° and 25°, improving posture and avoiding that neck pain caused by looking down at a laptop for too long. It's also scratch and water-resistant, and can support up to 10kg thanks to its innovative fold-in triangle. Available in three sizes and colours: Night Black, Sienna Brown and – our favourite – Oxford Blue. Carry Sleeve, £59, MOFT.
The reMarkable 2 The most advanced paper tablet on the market, reMarkable 2 was designed to replace notebooks and printed documents. With a paper-thin design and weeks of battery life, it will keep you focused without any social media notifications or pop-ups of any kind. The tablet’s ‘marker’ gives an authentic paper-like feel, converting handwritten notes into digital text – including cursive script – which can then be accessed on all devices, and even shared as PDFs. You might actually want to volunteer to take minutes for that call! As if it didn’t sound amazing enough, a separate ‘Book Folio’ case in fine leather is available, making reMarkable 2 the chicest accessory in the meeting room. reMarkable 2, from £399, reMarkable.
Lightcycle Morph Desk by dyson Considered by many as ‘the Apple of appliances’, Dyson is synonymous with design, quality and innovation – and our top pick perfectly reflects that. The Dyson Lightcycle Morph Desk lamp connects to the Dyson Link app and intelligently tracks your local daylight using a GPS-driven algorithm, adjusting colour, temperature and brightness every 60 seconds, along with various preset modes to choose from. As well as this, you can set the light to automatically turn off and on as you leave or return to your workspace, thanks to an integrated motion sensor. Lightcycle Morph Desk, £499.99, Dyson. BOOST↑Charge 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Dock by belkin Leave multiple (and inevitably tangled) charging cables back in the 2010’s with the Belkin BOOST↑Charge 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Dock. This sleek docking station charges your iPhone and AirPods wirelessly at the fastest speed possible, as well as your Apple Watch – all at the same time. Available exclusively via Apple, this slick gadget comes in black or white. Belkin BOOST↑Charge 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Dock, £119.95, Apple
LARQ Bottle PureVis™ by LARQ With so many Zoom calls, emails and spreadsheets every day, we barely have time to Uber Eats a Pret salad, let alone think about cleaning our water bottle. Enter the LARQ bottle, which cleverly cleans itself. Inside its cap resides a UV-C LED technology that purifies water and inner surfaces by eliminating harmful sources through a photochemical reaction. Put simply, at the touch of a button, the LARQ Bottle eradicates up to 99.9999% of harmful and odour-causing bacteria and viruses, which are difficult to clean from other traditional reusable bottles. It does so every two hours on its own, and it's beautiful on the outside as well. LARQ Bottle PureVis™, from £95, LARQ.