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EST Living x King Living - Creating an Optimal Home Workspace with the Eto Desk

21 May 2020 |  Inspiration

King Living x EST Living

King Living partnered with EST Living in an interview with King Living brand ambassador Neale Whitaker and award-winning product designer Tom Fereday to talk through their home workspace essentials.
Our home workspace has never been more important with so many office workers adapting to remote working life. While light and positioning are crucial to setting up a comfortable space, we know working effectively in your home is closely intertwined with investing in quality design pieces.
Naturally, a functional desk is at the top of the list. Renowned for its integration of technology and minimalist design, the Eto Desk designed by award-winning furniture designer Tom Fereday in collaboration with King Living is made for working from home. The Eto Desk considers the way people truly work and live – one of the first desks to offer interchangeable lighting and charging accessories.
With the Eto desk taking number one position, we find out what’s essential to crafting a highly-considered home workspace for Neale Whitaker and Tom Fereday

King Living x EST Living

 


Neale Whitaker

King Living x EST Living

Neale Whitaker is a TV presenter, media personality, columnist, and King Living ambassador, currently working from his country cottage on the New South Wales south coast. When asked why it’s important to invest in quality design pieces such as the Eto desk by Tom Fereday, Neale says comfort and functionality are vital.

1. What does working from home look like to you? 

I'm very lucky to be working from a comfortable office at my home on the NSW south coast. My desk looks out over gum trees, low hills, and rolling paddocks. It's peaceful and beautiful.

2. What is essential to your home workspace?

The honest answer is good Wi-Fi! The only downside to living in the country is that Wi-Fi can sometimes be patchy, especially at the moment when there's so much extra demand on the network. But I also need a generous desk, a comfortable chair (I'm not good with those ergonomically-sound office chairs, to be honest), good light and regular pots of tea. Did I mention I was British?

3. What is your advice for creating an inviting home workspace?

In addition to the basics above, I think it's important to create a space where you are happy to spend several hours a day. For me, that means good light (both natural and task), art on my walls, plants, and a few personal objects on my desk - some African carved figures, a small woven basket, and a beautiful lacquered bowl from Myanmar. I think it's important for a home workspace to feel as relaxing and personal as possible.

4. What do you think constitutes a well-designed office or study space in the home?

My home office works well because it's close to the kitchen and bathroom (handy for obvious reasons), but removed enough from the main living areas to feel private and quiet. It has plenty of shelving and storage to tick all the functionality boxes, and just enough personal objects to feel warm and welcoming. I guess like most rooms, it's all about balance.

5. Why is it important to invest in quality design pieces such as the Eto desk for your home office space or study?

Many of us are working long hours from home offices at the moment, so comfort and functionality are vital. The perfect desk should feel solid, well-proportioned, and well-designed. The Eto desk combines the elegant, pared-back functionality I associate with Tom Fereday's design, and King Living's trademark quality, craftsmanship, and attention to detail. It's small details like the integrated desk drawer and accessories like angled lighting and phone charger that make it an award-winning design.


Tom Fereday

King Living x EST Living

Tom Fereday is an award-winning Australian product designer, collaborating with King Living on the design of the ETO Desk. Tom enjoys working from home, where he has a quiet and private space and is able to adjust light conditions as the day changes. Tom says considering aspects such as view, privacy and a dedicated space to work are all key to creating an inspiring workspace at home. The design of the ETO Desk follows Tom’s philosophy of fewer but better objects and enduring design. 

1. What does working from home look like to you? 

Working from home for me is a calm enjoyable experience and something I actually enjoy. My day to day routine becomes more focused on hand drawing and computer work and I tend to work at a more relaxed but focused pace.

2. What is essential to your home workspace?

I feel that such a big part of a work-space for me centres around calming my senses. Being in a quiet private space where I am able to adjust light conditions as the day/night changes is critical for me. One of the luxuries of working from home is that you have the control to cater to a space specifically to your needs.

3. What is your advice for creating an inviting home workspace?

Focus on natural materials and calm lighting to create a positive sense of well-being within your home. Creating a space that you enjoy to use is so important and this often means considering aspects such as view, sense of privacy and a genuine allocated space for work, not a makeshift space.

4. What do you think constitutes a well-designed office or study space in the home?

A clean elegant layout that considers how you truly work. For me, this means understanding your habits and needs, arranging a space where you feel calm relaxed, and able to think deeply about projects removed from the everyday distractions of home life.

5. Why is it important to invest in quality design pieces such as the Eto desk for your home office space or study?

I think more than ever we need objects in our life that can reduce clutter and bring a sense of calm to our changing way of living. By focusing on fewer but better objects you can ensure an elegant space with enduring designs. One key factor of Eto is its integrated lighting, power, and charging that offers a desk space without feeling overly technical or heavy.


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