Due to their utilitarian nature, desks are largely a banal affair -- the obligatory set of drawers being the most interesting accoutrement they may carry. But once in a blue moon, one comes across a desk that one feels actually excited to sit down and work at -- like this beautiful customizable Homework Desk by product designer Robin Grasby of London, which lets you add dedicated surfaces (cutting mat, check) and storage as you need it (or not).
Grasby is definitely making this with creatives in mind, while still making it appealing to those who might not need anything too fancy. The modular design of the desk means that you build up from two trestles that are connected to a wooden beech drawer, which in turn structurally support a base. Felt loops can be added to the sides as storage.
Now here's where it gets pretty nifty, depending on your personal needs: the user can then choose from a laminate surface coming in a variety of colours and finishes, or add a metal dry-wipe board or a cutting mat available in different widths -- definitely useful if you hate hauling out one all the time.
In the nether regions at the back of the desk, Grasby has added some intelligent touches; injection molded pen holders, an add-on book rack for the bookworms, a peekaboo niche for compulsive phone chargers. Best of all, there's a laser-engraved wooden ruler for those who need it (though we're not sure if it rolls up and down like a real parallel ruler for drafting).
This desk's ability to adapt to the needs of the moment make it a very appealing desk for people who work at home, and who do more than just computer work. More over at Robin Grasby's website.