Gear up

Bringing together your home office with ten choice, new products

With the workday commute becoming more passé every day, dedicating a space for a home office is a top priority. Set out a desk without any plan or organization, however, and it’s just a matter of time before your workspace becomes cluttered and uninspiring. We’ve rounded up ten of the best office items on the market, which we hope will help make your workspace as beautiful as it is efficient.

1  Modernist prefab
If you really need more space and can’t afford—or stomach—a serious home addition for your office, consider Kithaus. Nestle these fully insulated, eco-friendly, pre-wired modules into any backyard area without the use of big equipment or months of construction. The smallest starts at 100 square feet for $25,000. For $32,450, it comes outfitted with a kitchen or bath.

2  Stylish seating
Here’s one of the most important investments you can make: the office chair. The Gigi by Knoll comes with or without arms and is made of colorful polypropylene shell that attaches to a chrome-plated base. The back flexes for comfort, and you can get a cushion, too. Starting at $673.

3  Keep it simple
Herman Miller’s Enchord desk can be used anywhere, and its function is open to personal interpretation. Slick aluminum legs are topped with a white oak top paired with a white lower shelf or a green lower shelf. A coordinating mobile cabinet is available. $749.

4  Contemporary & collapsible
Create a mini workstation wherever you go with the NesTable laptop table. The height is adjustable, which makes it possible to maintain an ergonomic posture, even while working from a sofa or lounge chair. The table surface is polyurethane, and the tube column is powder-coated steel. Comes in five bold hues. $845.

5  Sleek stash
No more messy piles of papers for your desk with the Blomus magazine holder. Made of chrome-plated metal wire, these will look good alone or lined up side-by-side on a sturdy shelf.  $47.

6 Everything illuminated
The Potence Lamp extends from a wall seven feet into a room, making it both a showstopper and a feat in engineering. The 100-watt bulb will light a 180-degree range of space. The Potence was first designed for French architect Jean Prouvé's Tropique house, a protype prefab home. $1720.

7  Whistle while you work
The tiny LED lights on these ear buds flash to the beat of the music, entertaining you and those hanging out with you. Soft silicone provides a comfortable, noise-reducing fit. Works with every iPod, MP3 player, and laptop. $16.

8  Endless possibilities
Kartell’s innovative shelving system can be assembled in any formation without the use of tools, screws, or pins. The structure is sturdy and solid enough to store items and even work as a dividing wall in a room. Made of ABS in Italy and comes in five colors. $24 per piece.

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