Grovemade almost didn't work. The Portland-based brand, which is now considered one of the cleanest, most design-forward desk and office accessories brand, was nearly dead on arrival after co-founders Ken Tomita and Joe Mansfield spent nearly a year to design the perfect case for the recently released iPhone 3GS in 2010. Made of natural materials and precisely engineered, the case and the brand launched the day before Apple announced the iPhone 4, and Grovemade was already old news.
In three months, the brand turned around a case built for the latest iPhone, and it took off. Now, Grovemade is known for making beautifully crafted and functional desk accessories and home office essentials. The brand prioritizes the materials it uses, which includes German wool felt and high-quality wool. Desktop design is almost like an art, tailored to a person to increase their productivity and efficiency. It can also be tricky to determine what you really need for the perfect desk — is a vertical laptop dock a must-have for most? From monitor stands to desk pads, these are eight of the best things to buy from Grovemade.
A desk pad may seem like an extraneous piece of desk decor, but in reality, it really gets you motivated to get down to business. They're moore While 99 percent (an exaggeration) of desk pads are made of leather, Grovemade's is made of beautiful, soft felt. It adds texture and flair to an otherwise bland desk, plus the cushiony surface feels great against your skin.
An unorganized desk gives me bad anxiety. Pens, paper clips and other miscellaneous items strewn across a desk is a huge distraction when work needs to be done. Grovemade's desk tray is a compartmentalized storage solution for your bits and bobs. The natural cork construction is soft, and like most of Grovemade's desk accessories, is far superior than the cheap plastic construction of lesser quality gear.
The top of your monitor should be right at eye level for proper ergonomics. The clever design of this monitor stand gives your screen the right amount of lift, plus it allows for extra space underneath so you don't lose out on precious desk real estate. It's made of molded plywood, and you can be sure it'll support your monitor — it has a weight capacity of 200 pounds.
Grovemade's superior use of mixing materials is one of its greatest assets. With its beautiful hardwood frame, stainless steel stand and merino wool cushioning, you can make sure your iPad is safe and easy to use hands-free.
If you spent a bunch of money on headphones, you should give them somewhere luxe to rest. Grovemade's headphone stand is made of a thick hunk of hardwood, on which vegetable-tanned leather is attached to cushion your headphones. Even when not in use, the headphone stand is a sculptural piece of desk decor and a standout piece.
Keyboard Wrist Pad
Wrist rests are meant to elevate your wrists so that they're in a more natural position. They also provide a soft surface for your arm so they don't have to sit against a hard desk. The Grovemade wrist pad has a strip of vegetable-tanned leather that sits atop hand-sanded hardwood, while a rubber provides cushioning and support.
Like the monitor stand for monitors, the laptop rise gets your screen to the optimal position so you're not craning your neck. It even has a cord management system built into the stainless steel reinforcement so no pesky loose wires here.
Wood Desk Shelf
So you got all this desk stuff, and the wood desk shelf is the what helps tie everything together. It has enough space to hold up two monitors, features a merino wool-padded shelf and space underneath to stash extra stuff (like Grovemade's desk tray).