Can a Desk Change You?

This year's Design Miami/ Basel  will feature a "grid of important desks" curated by Thom Browne. 

Browne said that the desks were chosen “chosen solely based on their design significance within the past century. [His] choices were based less on personal tastes and more so on how each desk shaped and progressed a particular design idea.”

Another interesting feature - a performance element. Browne selected female students from local art and architecture schools to execute choreography amongst the desks. 

Thom Browne

Thom Browne

The theme of work at a significant design fair is not unusual - but the fact that it was a topic worthy of curating by a celebrity designer means that it will receive significant exposure. 

Browne told Artsy Magazine: “I think a desk can change you, if you let it.”

Does sitting at an inspiring and significant desk change how one works? And what does that say about the rest of an office's furniture and decor? What is the significance of the all female workforce featured in the installation? 

In any case, I would love to work at any of the featured desks.