My desk is the place where I truly feel like myself. I rest my arms on the top, pencil in hand, with a sense of calm and belonging. In these moments, I know this is where I am supposed to be.
Desks are deeply personal spaces. They are our homes for hours each day as we work, study, think, or create. Our hands leave impressions on the surface. We leave little marks from painting projects or coffee cups. We hold down papers with memorabilia and prop up photos beside screens.
These workspaces become a part of us — a habitat. Why not celebrate that connection?
Verderamade by Danielle Verderame is a love story about my desk and all the things I like to do there. I write longhand in my journal, taking notes and planning projects. I doodle alongside my work. I look at a handmade frame with my son’s photo. I gaze past my screen at a thrifted lamp with a crooked shade. I pile papers in a mismatched basket and sort my pencils into secondhand mugs.
All of my paper goods are hand-drawn by me and then digitized for printing. These postcards, greeting cards, stationery, and prints are tools I would actually use at my own desk — that’s my criteria. Everything I put into the collection must be worthy of precious desk space.