5 Desks of the Rich and Famous

They say a messy desk isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it can help you to think clearer. If that really is the case, the secret behind the success of the most famous writers, IT professionals, prime ministers and designers may have finally been unveiled, as a messy desk is often something they have in common!

A few of the best theories, technologies and books have been worked on at cluttered desks around the world, such as…



1)      Albert Einstein

One of the most famous culprits of the messy desk is Albert Einstein, whose desk was photographed on the day he died. Pictured above, it’s hard to imagine how one of the world’s greatest physicists ever got anything done. With papers scattered everywhere, books randomly piled on shelves and seemingly meaningless scribbles on the chalkboard, this desk is almost a work of art!


2)      Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is remembered as a great children’s writer, and I must admit that I admire his choice of desk. Rather than a usual option, Dahl wrote in a special ‘writing hut’ where he would climb into a sleeping bag, sit in a wingback chair and use a special writing desk that could balance on the arms of the chair. Much of his office space was taken up by a large side table on which sat knickknacks and photo frames.


3)      Steve Jobs

You might have imagined Steve Jobs’ office to be pristine and modern – I certainly did – but it was actually the complete opposite. The hectic wall of bookshelves and the jumble of boxes are definitely at odds with the amazing designs he thought up, but I’m pleased to see the large Mac on his desk!


4)      Charles Dickens

This is the desk at which Charles Dickens wrote ‘Great Expectations’, arguably one of his best literary creations. It used to reside in Gad’s Hill, his home in Kent, and was sold at a charity auction in 2008 for £433,250. The desk was crafted from mahogany and the chair from walnut, and there was even a plaque with Dickens’ name engraved into it on the desk.


5)      Stephen King

Possibly a strange option to follow up Charles Dickens, but Stephen King is actually one of my favourite authors. I love this image of him working on a manuscript at home in Bangor, Maine, USA. The old computer, the mass of papers sitting slightly out of shot, the large pin board and the jumbled mess of manuscripts and other items behind him make up a pretty cosy writing space. I also love that there’s a cute dog in this picture.

What did you think of these famous desks and their owners? Can you think of any other examples?

This article was provided by Aurora Johnson on behalf of Official Space, the UK’s favourite website offerings London serviced offices.

Images courtesy of Office Snapshots, Cabinet Magazine and Catherine Madera.


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