Blog by Samantha Frazier


Michio Kaku, a professor of theoretical physics at the City College of New York and a New York Times bestselling author said, “It’s pointless to have a nice clean desk, because it means you aren’t doing anything”. Whether your space is chaotic, organized, or ‘chaotically organized’, take a look at the top 5 desks of famous writers, painters, CEO’s and entrepreneurs below and see how your space compares.

1. Mark Zuckerburg. The creator of one of the biggest social media platforms in the world prefers working surrounded by his employees in the common area. Why? Because he feels it creates a culture of transparency and collaboration. With an estimated worth of over 52.2 billion as of 2016, he sure exemplifies ‘keeping it simple’, whether that’s his causal attire or choice in work place.

Mark Zuckerberg Desk

2. Roald Dahl. The famous author had a ‘writing hut’ where he wrote best selling books, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda. After an injury in World War II, Roald was no longer comfortable working at a desk and instead used this chair with proper back support to bring his creations to life. Not as whimsical as you would expect for a children’s author!

Ronald Dahl Desk

3. Yves Saint Laurent. For such a famous designer, Yves had quite the modest desk. With sketches lining the wall and stacks of fashion and design books across his desk, he’s clearly a great example of ‘chaotically organized’.

Yves Saint Laurent Desk

4. Steve Jobs. Messy, imperfect, with a method to his madness. That’s what sums up the creator of Apple, Steve Jobs. Known for starting one of the largest companies in the world, Apple, it’s fascinating to see where all of it started.
Steve Jobs Desk

5. Max Levchin, creator of Paypal. This probably doesn’t look like the desk of a man worth over $300 million, but that’s exactly what it is. The famous tech CEO is not one for frills or in any way high maintenance. This simple set up in his cubicle is all he needs to wheel and deal.

Max Levchin, Paypal Desk

BONUS: Take a look at our My Office @ Squaw Peak desk. This is where it all happens for us. (Numerous coffee cups not included!)