I don’t just love a creative, well-styled workspace; I crave one. Put another way, I can’t stand working in a bland, sterile environment. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for items that can add some color or sophistication or even some inspiration of some sort to my office. Like Apple’s Jony Ive, I like to surround myself with well-crafted products as I craft my own products—like this review.
That’s why I was drawn to the Grovemade Desk Collection in the first place; it’s a set of organizational desk decor made out of wood that’s available in two varieties: walnut and maple. Included in the set are a monitor stand, a laptop stand, a keyboard tray, a mouse pad, a wrist pad, a pen cup, a walnut dish (for storing things like paperclips), a couple of planters, a desk lamp and an iPhone dock.
I first became acquainted with Grovemade when I reviewed the company’s Maple iPhone 6 Plus Case—one of my all-time favorite iPhone cases (be sure to check it out if you haven’t already).
I had the opportunity to test out the walnut versions of the laptop stand, mouse pad, pen cup, dish, a planter and desk lamp. I’m very impressed by how solid and smooth the wood is; from the second you unwrap these items it’s obvious that you are holding a very high-quality product. The design gives off a bit of a retro/hipster feel—thanks in large part to the included Einstein-style lightbulb—but an executive’s desk would also make a perfect home for this desk set.
The laptop stand immediately made my desk feel about 10x cooler. I love how the front and back edges are angled, rather than being flat. That one detail adds so much style and character. This is one large piece of wood and it looks amazing; the wood grain brings a more natural feel into the office.
Depending on how your desk sits and whether or not you are using a laptop case or cover, the typing angle is fairly comfortable. I’ve got my laptop—an 11-inch MacBook Air—hooked up to a 27″ Apple monitor, so I won’t be doing a lot of typing on the laptop sitting on the laptop stand. During testing I had a GYMLE case on my MacBook Air and the metal lip that holds your laptop on the stand made it a bit tricky to ...