As I've grown, I realized that my love for a roll top desk may lie more in the physical beauty of it rather than its practicality. The particular desk that I own (pictured below) is only capable of holding one open book at a time or my laptop. It's not a space that is conducive for spreading out books and papers. As a result, my desk has become a storage unit. While it serves a great purpose as bookshelf/printer holder/knick knack storage unit/ vanity and cat bed, I would like to replace it with a more functional piece whose sole purpose is to be a desk. Parting with my current desk will be difficult no doubt, but I'm confident that redesigning my work space will enable me to be more productive and creative when it comes to working professionally and academically.
Here are a few workspaces that are open and minimalistic in design but have pops of color that give the space a bit of life.
"The roll top desk enjoyed its greatest popularity from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. The style is descended from the cylinder desk, which featured one piece of carved wood that slid in a fixed track to cover the desk. Cylinder desks were expensive and rare because it was hard to shape the wood perfectly and prevent it from warping over time, but the horizontal slats of the roll top desk made it easy to manufacture on a mass scale. The roll top desk fell out of favor around WWI; various sources blame its tendency to collect stacks of paper or a trend toward increased teamwork at conference tables. But demand for these classically stylish desk is ongoing, as demonstrated by the vast inventory of roll top desks listed on eBay."