Working from home is the best: the coffee is cheaper, the decor is nicer and clothing regulations are far more lax (take it from us, a bunch of seasoned typing-in-our-underthings types). If you’re planning on making to move to domestic productivity, here’s the gear that you should own.
Dwell Poise desk
This glass-topped, walnut-bodied desk gives you a huge work area – but crucially doesn’t look like a huge, ugly hunk of dark wood in the corner of your living room. A couple of drawers provide handy storage space for stationary, files and packets of Monster Munch for crucial mid-morning snacking.
Invoxia NVX 610 phone
Make phone calls “like a boss” with the NVX 610, which integrates with a docked iPhone. Not only does it suck up your mobile’s contacts, it also lets you control everything through the iPhone’s touchscreen. Meanwhile, eight speakers and eight microphones provide stereo conference call skills while stomping all over background brouhaha.
Eclipse levitating lamp
€980 (exc. VAT), floating-lamps.com
Illuminate your workspace in space age style with the Eclipse, an LED-powered table lamp rocking a levitating shade. It utilises electromagnets to keep itself airborne and properly aligned. The only downside (aside from the lofty price tag)? It’s so darn alluring that it’ll distract you from your travails.
Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 speakers
Quite simply the finest set of PC speakers we’ve ever listened to, the handsome MM-1s take a digital audio signal from your computer via USB, process it on board and blast it back into the world in pristine quality. It’s hard to believe such tiny things can produce such beefy, detailed sound – and all without the help of a separate subwoofer.
Vitra Eames Chair
There’s a reason why you see this chair – and cheaper knock-off – in so many offices around the world: it’s really damn comfortable. Designed in the mid-20th century by Charles and Ray Eames, it’s crafted from aluminium and leather and discourages slouching. If you can’t afford the Vitra-produced “real” model, there are countless more affordable reproductions available – just hit up Google.
Dell UltraSharp U2711 monitor
A 27-inch monitor with a 2560 x 1440 resolution and more connections than you can shake an HDMI cable at, this UltraSharp’s retina-slicingly sharp image, vibrant colour reproduction and no nonsense design go a long way toward justifying its high price tag. Also features a card reader and USB hub.