Workspace of the Week: The bare essentials

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Sybarites’ antique office:

I really enjoy how the modern computer looks elegant against the antique backdrop. I’ll let the owner of the desk give you its details:

This is my primary work station. What more does one need? The desk was found in an antique shop in Calgary. Another disappointed couple was coming into buy it as we were carrying it out.

My MacBook runs closed under the monitor, which doesn’t give access to the DVD on this model, but I hardly use it. A power bar is tucked behind the desk on the window ledge.

You can see how steep our street is out the window. I get a little distracted watching people try to park on it.

He provides even more details about the setup in the comments to the photograph. Thank you, Sybarites, for submitting such an inspiring workspace to our group.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.

11 Comments for “Workspace of the Week: The bare essentials”

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  2. posted by John on

    My first thought is that this is a beautiful set up. My second thought is that they need a shade on the window or else the computer monitor will be useless because of the glare.

  3. posted by Brad on

    You didn’t call this “terrific” or “wonderful”. Good job getting rid of the crutches! 🙂

  4. posted by Cal on

    It looks lovely, but painful for any sort of long-term use in terms of ergonomics.

  5. posted by Alex on


  6. posted by knitwych on

    I agree with Cal and John – this workspace does look very attractive, but it just doesn’t appear practical to me because of the glare issues and the ergonomics. Then again, maybe that chair is more comfortable than it looks and the building is situated so that glare isn’t an issue during peak usage time. (Trying to be optimistic here :-)). Or maybe the user doesn’t spend a lot of time at the computer. For someone like me, who is desk-bound 8-12 hours a day, it would be impossible. Kudos to the user for finding a tidy, attractive set-up that works for him, though.

  7. posted by maboyuan on

    Nice setup, but how does the macbook not overheat when it’s closed like that?

  8. posted by TMS on

    I really like the use of an old desk and what appears to be quite a small space, but I would also get distracted by what’s going on outside all the time, especially if people are making a complete hash o parking.

  9. posted by Marc on

    Thanks for featuring my desk! To answer a few questions:
    1) I’m embarrassed to say I spend 50 hours or more sitting there each week. It quite comfortable and workable.
    2) I don’t get any glare from the window as the angle from my eye to the edge of the screen would reflect dark panelling not window. The glare from the camera angle may be misleading. I do get a bit of sunshine on me in the morning for part of the year.
    3) The only ergonomic issue I have is that the chair has no arms. The chair, keyboard and monitor are at the perfect height for me (6 feet tall).
    4) The MacBook hasn’t had any over heating issues.

  10. posted by Jason on

    Is that the 19″ Dell and a regular white Macbook? I think I have your exact same gear. What’s keeping the Macbook up there? Also, is it not possible to bring the monitor back down or does it *have* to be way up like that with the Macbook wedged in there? Thanks.

  11. posted by Marc on

    It’s a 20″ Dell monitor and a 15″ MacBook Pro. The monitor could be 3″ lower.

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