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The MENU Rail Desk and Afteroom Chair Plus add a touch of understated elegance|||
The MENU Rail Desk and Afteroom Chair Plus add a touch of understated elegance
27 Mar 2020

Scandi Style: 3 easy hacks to organise your desk

Words by  Photo by MENU

These Nordic-inspired design tips will keep your space neat and tidy 

There are numerous benefits to maintaining a clutter-free desk, from less distraction to a clearer mind, but for some keeping a minimalist, Scandi-inspired workspace comes more naturally than for others.

Find out how to organise your desk and declutter both your mind and life with our simple and easy guide below.

Untitled 1 copy copyThe Rail Desk by Menu was designed by Keiji Ashizawa. Photo courtesy of MENU.

1. Invest in a floating desk 

A streamlined, floating desk is both practical and stylish. Not only does it save valuable floor space, making it ideal for smaller urban interiors, but it also provides the optimal workstation for remote workers. Offering just enough space for laptops, phones and tablets, floating desks are easy to clean and minimal in presentation, helping you keep only the essentials on your desk.

The Rail Desk by Copenhagen-dwelling firm MENU and designed by Keiji Ashizawa, has caught our eyes in particular. Inspired by architecture and Ashizawa's background in steel-working, the desk is available in natural or stained oak and serves multiple functions - either as a desk, counter or shelf to store books, making it ideal for the modern nomad.

Kaleido M peach M dark green XS light amber XS red Moroccan Handblown glass Phi Scissors SAbove: The Kaleido tray, Moroccan Handblown glass and Phi Scissors by HAY. Photo courtesy of HAY.

2. Use trays to organise your tools 

Staplers, tape, pens, paper clips and scissors - clutter can quickly accumulate on a desk. To avoid these tools from getting lost, use colourful trays to keep your workspace clean, while the colours promise to add vibrancy to dull interiors. Choose trays with multiple compartments and different sizes to avoid clutter and to easily find what you are looking for. 

We particularly like the Kaleido tray collection by HAY. Designed by Clara von Zweigbergk, whose background in graphic design has informed the geometrically-shaped range, her intuitive sense of form and colour permeates throughout the series. Use individually to brighten up your desk or store inside each other to create your own unique constellation.

Untitled 12Muuto's Stacked Shelves offer unlimited possibilities. Photo courtesy of Muuto.

3. Choose modular storage and shelving

Stowing books and paper in boxes and adaptable storage systems is a great choice as opposed to having important documents and unwanted paper mounting on your desk, only to get lost later on. The benefits of flexible storage solutions are clear - their modularity - reconfigure them as your needs change or take them with you when you move. 

Muuto's Stacked Shelves, for instance, offer endless possibilities. Combine various shapes and sizes, have them mounted on a wall or freestanding - the versatility of the system means you can build your own bespoke shelving solution that will complement your lifestyle and space, not only now, but for years to come. 

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