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Updated: Peep The WFH Desks Of 16 Of Singapore's Most Stylish Creatives

Still getting used to the idea of turning your home into your work place? For a little desk inspo, we turned to sixteen female creatives to share how they decorate and keep the juices flowing while they WFH. Because with a crowd this stylish, who needs Pinterest?
Tracy Phillips, director of culture programming agency, Ppurpose
“My work from home situation is basically working from my dining table. I’m always grateful for the gorgeous daylight and the view of trees that has me daydreaming of Miyazaki animations in between zoom calls.” Tracy Phillips, director of culture programming agency, Ppurpose
“My work from home situation is basically working from my dining table. I’m always grateful for the gorgeous daylight and the view of trees that has me daydreaming of Miyazaki animations in between zoom calls.” Tracy Phillips, director of culture programming agency, Ppurpose
“My work from home situation is basically working from my dining table. I’m always grateful for the gorgeous daylight and the view of trees that has me daydreaming of Miyazaki animations in between zoom calls.” Tracy Phillips, director of culture programming agency, Ppurpose
“And to top it all off – a selection of crystal singing bowls near my work station to help me realign and clear the day’s stresses away.” Angie Chen, fashion curator at vintage e-tailer The Fifth Collection
“My desk was actually put together last minute specially for the circuit-breaker. I converted my husband’s vintage Danish dining table and chair into my work station.” Angie Chen, fashion curator at vintage e-tailer The Fifth Collection
“I need lots of space and two screens for the nature of my job – which is why my desk is kept minimal with the bare necessities such as a notebook, water, vitamin c and of course, candles too.” Angie Chen, fashion curator at vintage e-tailer The Fifth Collection
“I need lots of space and two screens for the nature of my job – which is why my desk is kept minimal with the bare necessities such as a notebook, water, vitamin c and of course, candles too.” Allysha Nila, freelance journalist and stylist
“My desk is literally next to the bed but when I see this view, I don’t dread work so much. It’s the only spot in the house I can work through the night without disturbing anyone else because of its open space acoustics.” Allysha Nila, freelance journalist and stylist
“My desk is strictly essentials-only (and that obviously includes chili and soy sauce). For my work breaks, I read books when I don’t feel like playing The Sims 4. As you can see, I also have some crystals… but I don’t believe in them or anything.
” Allysha Nila, freelance journalist and stylist
“My notebooks are priceless. I write everything down and storyboard to figure out how to configure my styling so that a series of images flow—here’s an example of one project I did end of last year.” Azzurra La Mantia, founder of clothing store A Vintage Tale
“I have converted our living room into my new office. I love organised and colourful spaces – which is why I keep only essentials on my desk like my PC and notebook. I manage my customers, suppliers and often come up with inspiration for my new projects at my desk.” Azzurra La Mantia, founder of clothing store A Vintage Tale
“I also can’t be without my favourite Italian home fragrance, my perfume and my vintage working mannequin. As you can see, everything around me has a tropical touch.“ Azzurra La Mantia, founder of clothing store A Vintage Tale
“I also can’t be without my favourite Italian home fragrance, my perfume and my vintage working mannequin. As you can see, everything around me has a tropical touch.“ Bessie Ye, fashion designer and founder of clothing label, Rye
“My ritual in the morning is to start with a cup of long black, followed by burning palo santo to purify the air and energy in my workspace. I like to be surrounded by beautiful images and scents to inspire my creative flow as well.“ Bessie Ye, fashion designer and founder of clothing label, Rye
“My ritual in the morning is to start with a cup of long black, followed by burning palo santo to purify the air and energy in my workspace. I like to be surrounded by beautiful images and scents to inspire my creative flow as well.“ Bessie Ye, fashion designer and founder of clothing label, Rye
“My ritual in the morning is to start with a cup of long black, followed by burning palo santo to purify the air and energy in my workspace. I like to be surrounded by beautiful images and scents to inspire my creative flow as well.“ Rebecca Ting, co-founder and creative director of clothing label, Beyond The Vines
“With two kids under the age of four, this organised desk space signifies a good day for me. Most days, I just work off the living room floor, the couch or even while standing. Since I’m so busy, I personally like writing and sketching down my thoughts as they come so that I can revisit them when I have the time. This is why I have stashes of pencils in different areas – it’s easy to quickly scribble in my notebooks or on drapes of paper no matter where in the house I happen to be.” Rebecca Ting, co-founder and creative director of clothing label, Beyond The Vines
“My husband Daniel and I love reading. I know a lot of books can be found digitally nowadays but we love having them in the house so that the kids get to grow up in such an environment as well. I mean, after a long day, it’s just nice to kick back on the couch and leisure-read a recipe book. Anyone else with me?” Rebecca Ting, co-founder and creative director of clothing label, Beyond The Vines
“This is the view from my living room. I love the open space as well as the greenery. I gaze out my windows a lot in the mornings just to start my day in a restful state rather than one of haste.” Nejla Matam-Finn, founder of vintage e-tailer The Fifth Collection
“I started The Fifth Collection from home when my daughter was 18 months old, so not only did I want a space where I could close the door, I also wanted everything I needed for work at hand. Oh, and a great desk chair. To this day, you can often find me in here after my daughter goes to bed. I’m usually finishing up work from the day or simply organising our family life.”       Nejla Matam-Finn, founder of vintage e-tailer The Fifth Collection
“I’m a stationery and pen junkie. I love to write – not only do I find it comforting, but it makes it easier for me to remember information and ideas when I write them down. I use a number of notebooks simultaneously, each with a different purpose.” Nejla Matam-Finn, founder of vintage e-tailer The Fifth Collection
“I also find great comfort in having everything I need tucked in nicely organised spaces around me, even knick knacks. Here, a few special items that all have personal significance to me.”   Olivia Lee, industrial designer and design director of Olivia Lee Studio
“My workspace essentials have to be my laptop, sketchbook, Mark’s 2020 weekly vertical planner and post-its. Lately, I’ve been revisiting analogue mediums like watercolour and inks. The change of scenery has invited some nice detours from my usual routine.“ Charmaine Seah-Ong, co-founder of branding agency Elementary Co
“My current desk set up includes my planner from The Paper Bunny that helps me plan ahead and keep track of my tasks for the week and all those pencils so I can write and erase plans as they change, or help my daughter with her homework.” Charmaine Seah-Ong, co-founder of branding agency Elementary Co
“My current desk set up includes my planner from The Paper Bunny that helps me plan ahead and keep track of my tasks for the week and all those pencils so I can write and erase plans as they change, or help my daughter with her homework.” Charmaine Seah-Ong, co-founder of branding agency Elementary Co
“That’s my husband at his desk is right behind mine. I’m used to working side by side with him since we run an agency together, but it’s funny that he now has to wear a hat indoors because we do lots of video conference calls daily on Zoom and he doesn’t want to have to do his hair up!” Charmaine Seah-Ong, co-founder of branding agency Elementary Co
“Another thing you can find on my desk – this pin by @adamjk reminds me that I shouldn’t overthink the things I cannot control and that I should just Cheer The F&$?! Up!” Aarika Lee, co-founder of branding agency Elementary Co
“The thing I’ve noticed most about working from home is that I just can’t stop snacking. I love my snacks so one thing that helps is having healthier options (like figs) at home instead.”   Aarika Lee, co-founder of branding agency Elementary Co
“I also love scents so lighting a scented candle or diffusing some oils is a great way to set a mood of calm around my workspace before having to get through all my to-dos lined up for the day.” Aude Giraud, founder of Ask A French Flowers
“My desk mood board is all about flowers and music as I’m currently recording my first album. I also listen to all of my favourite artists while doing my flower arrangements because it makes work easier. Novo Amor is on the top of my list.”   Aude Giraud, florist and founder of Ask A French Flowers
“My desk mood board is all about flowers and music as I’m currently recording my first album. I also listen to all of my favourite artists while doing my flower arrangements because it makes work easier. Novo Amor is on the top of my list.”   Aude Giraud, florist and founder of Ask A French Flowers
“My desk mood board is all about flowers and music as I’m currently recording my first album. I also listen to all of my favourite artists while doing my flower arrangements because it makes work easier. Novo Amor is on the top of my list.”   Lauren Khoo, luxury jeweller and founder of Lauren X Khoo
“Here on my desk are some of my own personal and new jewellery items that have just come out of the oven during this Covid-19 time.” Lauren Khoo, luxury jeweller and founder of Lauren X Khoo
“I’ve also got some Selenite for protection and good luck as well as crystal quartz to clear the mind of negativity.” Lauren Khoo, luxury jeweller and founder of Lauren X Khoo
“Here’s Cookie. She isn’t on my desk but she’s always close by. She was supposed to be sent back to Singapore (Khoo shuttles between Singapore and Hong Kong) to be the bride of my first ‘child’ Cooper, but she’s had bad motion sickness – so she’ll remain in Hong Kong.” Ginette Chittick, educator, DJ, visual artist and musician
“I’ve been working from home the past two and a half weeks and I feel sometimes like I get cabin fever. So when I can, I like sitting in the balcony to get some air and sunlight. I just feel that there’s no point in trying to work from home and have my workstation look the same! I want to make the best of this situation.” Ginette Chittick, educator, DJ, visual artist and musician
“I’ve been working from home the past two and a half weeks and I feel sometimes like I get cabin fever. So when I can, I like sitting in the balcony to get some air and sunlight. I just feel that there’s no point in trying to work from home and have my workstation look the same! I want to make the best of this situation.” Pamela Ting, founder of contemporary furniture label Scene Shang
“The two most important things for me when I work, whether from home or office, is light and tea. Light for clarity and tea to remind me to take a break.” Pamela Ting, founder of contemporary furniture label Scene Shang
“Of course my trustee little Art Deco desk fan helps keep me cool without having to turn on the aircon.” Pamela Ting, founder of contemporary furniture label Scene Shang
“Of course my trustee little Art Deco desk fan helps keep me cool without having to turn on the aircon.” Jaime Lee, founder of stationery and lifestyle brand, The Paper Bunny
“For an efficient day, I always need my planner to write my to-dos for the day and tick them off as I go as well as my desk planner to see my month at one glance. Some other work from home essentials: water in a bottle to stay hydrated, coffee to perk me up and lots of snacks to keep me going throughout the day.” Nicole Wong, founder of creative agency Nplusc
“Keeping things neat and organised at my work space or even living space is a key factor for me as I am a believer of an uncluttered space contributing to a peaceful and clear mind.” Nicole Wong, founder of creative agency Nplusc
“The environment I choose to work in reflects how I think. Keeping things symmetrical is a quirk of mine too, though the messiest part of the room has to be my dog Zero’s resting area but then again – she is the boss of me.”