I believe a simple and plain foundation is the key to creating an office that is warm and respectable. Your desk is the main building block of the office, so start there. Let it be plain but good looking and then build around it. I may be a little biased here, but I believe a leather desk pad is key. Not fancy or ornate, just simple. Leather is rich and natural and known as the quality material. But let your pictures and hourglass and magnifying glass be what draw the eye, not your desk or leather desk pad. They just set the stage. It's like having a plain and simple shoebox of a home. The ivy growing up it, the walkway approaching it and the choice of trees and hedges around it are what make it beautiful as a whole.
I believe that lighting is one of the keys to an office that people talk about. Certainly a lamp on the desk is a must. Go for an antique that has lasted for at least 60 years. If it has lasted 60 years, it will last another 60 years. I have bought two different antique-looking lamps from Restoration Hardware that only lasted about a year before they became loose and started leaning. And they aren't repairable. Why would someone sell crap like that?
And last but not least, the scent of your office counts. You have the feel, the lighting, the textures, but don't forget that rich scent of leather. Lucky for you, the rich aroma of leather is included free with every Saddleback design. All of these are considerations for creating an office space that is relaxing and memorable.
Thoughts on this Leather Desk Pad
Leather has always been the writing pad of choice throughout history because it has "bounce". You want the pen to sink in slightly and bounce back to pull out of the pen just the right richness from the width of the tip. You can feel the difference if you are writing on a piece of paper that is on top of a stone or glass top. No fun. And our leather desk pads have a slight bit of high-density Neoprene beneath the leather to give it a raised look and just the right amount of bounce.
The bottom of the desk pad is lined with suede to protect the surface of the desk and to keep it from sliding. The thickness of the leather will even out any desk whether it be made of pallet or plank.
The leather of this desk pad is full-grain leather, which means that it has all of the grain still intact on the top layer of the hide. The grain is the toughest and most water-resistant part of the hide that is only on the surface. Most companies shave off the top part of the hide to get rid of any of the character of the hide like scars or tiny bug bites, but in doing so, shave off the hardest and toughest part of the hide. Like taking the shingles off of the roof. When there is still a little of the grain left, that's what you call Top Grain Leather. It is still good leather, but not the best. If all of the grain is gone then that's what's called Genuine Leather. It stains easily and will fall apart before long. It sometimes takes a long time to find just the right hide to cut such a large piece of leather from and we end up having to scrap a lot of our leather because we cut around unusable scars and blemishes. It's not the cheapest way to make things, but there's something about making things this way that feels honest and true to me. A respect for the hide and the animal it came from.
Dimensions (W x H x D)
11.25" x 9" x 0.18"