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West Elm Pratt Desk

I have been looking for a perfect mid century modern desk for my workspace. My original thought was to find a vintage desk – like the Paul McCobb desk I saw on Craigslist a few years back for $375 (I hate myself for not grabbing one then). I have searched so many places for long a time with no luck. My other thought was to get a licensed reproduction desk – like the Herman Miller Eames desk or George Nelson desk, but they were way over my budget!

My criteria for the perfect desk was: 1) clean, modern lines; 2) at least one drawer, 3) a surface area that can accommodate my laptop and external monitor; 4) less than $500; and 5) eco-friendly. I decided to go with mid century modern “inspired” desk and found this one from West Elm. It’s called “Pratt Desk.”

West Elm Pratt Desk in Walnut/White

To my surprise, the Pratt Desk meets all of my five criteria. This desk with clean, modern lines measures 48” (width) by 30” (depth) and has a white powder-coated steel storage drawer. The desktop and legs feature FSC certified materials. It is priced at $299. There are two color choices: walnut/white and white. I ordered the walnut/white one.

West Elm Pratt Desk in White

The desk was designed in collaboration between West Elm and the students from Brooklyn based Pratt Institute. It is a part of the Pratt home office collection that also includes a file cabinet, chair, an LED lamp, and wall accessories. Kudos to the design team for designing such a stylish and eco-friendly collection!

West Elm Pratt Home Office Collection

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4 Responses to “West Elm Pratt Desk”

  1. Helenon 05 Sep 2010 at 3:52 pm

    I’m thinking of buying this desk, too–are you happy with it?

  2. adminon 06 Sep 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Hi, Helen. Unfortunately, I had to return the desk. The first one came damaged – there was a chip on the desk surface. West Elm promptly sent me a replacement, but the replacement was also damaged (dent in the drawer)! After receiving the second damaged desk, I decided to get a refund.

    The desk was really nice – easy to put together (you just screw the legs in). I really loved the look of it, especially the finish. It was big and sturdy! I was very disappointed that mine was damaged (twice!). I think you’ll be happy as long as you don’t get the damaged one!

  3. Franklinon 20 Apr 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I bought this desk and the file that goes with it. Everything looks nice and finish is great. Only problem is the top of the desk is too high. It’s basically unusable with a task chair that has arms. The edges are also super sharp. Typical case of form over function.

  4. adminon 21 Apr 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I agree – I thought the desk was too high. It was more like a dining table than a desk.

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