Productivity is the child of organization, which is why you prefer to keep your desk at its tidiest. You believe that sticking to the essentials is ideal for peak creativity in your personal desk. After all, you need a designated place at home exclusively for work; you know that sitting on an Eames chair in front of a flatscreen as a workspace has never yielded any work worth doing. But it did, to be fair, let you finish a season of Boardwalk Empire.

The calming monotone — the wooden desk trays, the camel toned notebooks — feels like being surrounded by a blank canvas. There is much inspiration here, perfect for days when you can’t lounge on a yacht for a quick recharge. For when the moment hits, there’s always a handy set of colored pencils to encourage much creativity. When the lightbulb moment hits and the ideas just flow, you know that you are finally in the zone. And it helps to be in a place that not only keeps you there, but nourishes you as well. —Margarita Buenaventura

Big Ben metal alarm clock, P1,029.75, Dimensione. Globalist tin candle in Black Coriander, P1,650, West Elm. Rocking bird, P1,650, West Elm. B5 ringed notebook, P185, Muji. A5 ringed notebook, P95, Muji. A6 ringed notebook, P75, Muji. Hexagonal oil-based ballpoint pen, P65, Muji. Colored pencils (tub of 36), P935, Muji. Hardbound black notebook, P565, Muji. Ship display, P400, AC +632. Wooden trays, P1,600 each, f1rst. Lightbulb lamp, P4,500, f1rst.

AC +632 is located in 2/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City. Dimensione is located in B6, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Muji is located in 2/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City. f1rst is located in 2/f  LRI Design Plaza, 210 N. Garcia St., Bel-Air II, Makati City. For more information on West Elm, visit

Photographed by Gabby Cantero

Photographer assisted by Bert Santos

Styled by MJ Benitez

Stylist assisted by Kat Fernando

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