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.”
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.
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!