Beauty is Minimal, OneLessDesk Review

A long while back we were enamored with a seemingly simple bi-level desk from a company called Heckler Design. After a couple emails and a lot of patience (thank you Dean), we finally have our review of the OneLessDesk. At first glance, you’d be hard pressed to understand why something this simple could command a $649 price tag. But as with most minimalist designs, it takes some creative engineering and expensive manufacturing to pull off the perfect balance between aesthetic/function. Hit the jump for my review.

When it finally arrived at my door, I found a huge box strapped with metal bands protecting an already pre-assembled desk wrapped in plastic. That took half the frustration out because I HATE assembling furniture. I couldn’t wait to free it from its thickly padded cage and when the final sheets of plastic came off, I stood in amazement. Let me say this now. THE PICTURES DO NOT DO IT JUSTICE! It’s ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. This is laser cut metal at its finest. Only a few millimeters thick but there’s no give, bend or flex. It’s completely solid and if the rigidness doesn’t convince you, lift it up, it’s HEAVY. At every curve and corner, the edges are softly beveled so there are no sharp edges. The texture is smooth but slightly tactile. I received the black version which looks like powdered steel. Again, absolutely stunning.

As I said before simplicity masks how utilitarian the OneLessDesk is. The bi-level design works multiple ways. If you have a desktop, place it on the top level with keyboard and mouse on the lower one. If you have a laptop, place it on the lower level and invest in a beautiful large widescreen display for the top one. The lower level also slides right underneath the top one bringing the total depth to a narrow 14 inches which reminds me. The OneLessDesk is quite compact even tho it’s 30 inches tall and nearly 34 inches long. The whole thing stacks up neatly against a wall.

Come around back and you’ll find a surgically laser cut shelf with precisely machined cable guides to keep all those would be messy cords neat and tidy. The shelf is also perfect to hide external hard drives and power bricks keeping the best parts of the desk clean. After all, minimalism demands surfaces.

Is it worth $649? Yes and I’ll tell you why. I visited some of the best design stores in Los Angeles looking for similar desks. Shopped online for anything remotely close and you know what – nobody else is doing this at this price point. The few that I came across were reproductions that earned $2,000 price tags by virtue of nostalgia. The OneLessDesk comes in 4 colors (5 including the special edition) and ships almost anywhere internationally. Try getting any of those furniture stores to ship you anything for under $100 bucks.

What we loved:

  • Everything!

What could be improved:

  • Redesign the feet so they slide better on hard and carpeted surfaces

Designer: Heckler Designย [ Buy it here ]

38 Comments

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  • Marshall says:

    It is beautiful, but in the real world we need backup devices, printers, scanners, cable modems, wireless routers, etc, etc. I have yet to see a clean solution to that, very real, problem.

    Marshall,

    • Marshal,
      OneLessStand is coming soon. It holds your printer, cable modems, wireless router, power bricks, networked harddrives, etc. It could also be use as a CPU stand. It is made to match OneLessDesk and sits next to the desk when in use and can be slid, nested under OneLessDesk when not in use.
      Also, the upcoming OneLessFile provides a small hanging file for active paper files. It also matches and nests.
      Don’t forget the hidden shelf on OneLessDesk can hide hard drives, power bricks, etc.
      Keeping these peices seperate allows people to address the real world issue of cable modem, wifi, and printer being in a different physical location relative to you work area.
      I hope once all this is available, you’ll agree the OneLessOffice series is the first clean solution on the market.

      Best,
      Dean Heckler

      • Raf says:

        Hope to see it soon, because for itself is usless

      • Marshall says:

        Dean,

        I look forward to seeing the accessories. Please remember that a wireless router shouldn’t be enclosed in metal. So, short of having an external antenna, some ugliness will have to be exposed. Of course the Apple Airport Extreme is not hard on the eye and is OK to be visible. I have mine (actually a Time Capsule) mounted on a wall using a clear acrylic mount. Now if we only had wireless power.

        • Marshall,
          Thanks. I did some testing with an Airport Extreme, placing it inside the shelf of OneLessStand. The signal strength dropped less than 3%. The stand is designed to work great with your WiFi up to in in the shelf, your choice.
          The H-Squared acrylic wall mounts are cool. H-Squared has a OneLessDesk in its offices.
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          Dean

  • Henrique Staino says:

    Well, I read the review, seen the pictures, and I still can’t guess were my CPU goes…

    • Eric says:

      Supposedly in the OneLessStand that’s “coming soon!” I can guarantee you it has a matching price tag to go with the matching desk’s! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Henrique Staino says:

        Nice:
        Desk, only $999. You go to buy it. It’s only one of the legs.
        “oh, excuse me, sir, but the other three legs and the top of the desk are “coming soon”, for only $1999.”

        Bah.

        • OneLessStand should cost about $249 to $279.
          The desk was designed to appeal to iMac owners – no CPU solution necessary. For CPU owners, they are likely to prefer a more conventional desk.

          OneLessStand is designed to be either a remote printer stand with hidden shelf for Wifi and cable modem, or to be used a CPU stand.

          If you have any other questions about my product, please feel free to ask.

          • Henrique Staino says:

            Oh, I’m sorry I’m such a retrogradous PC user. I guess I can only comprehend your good work once I get my hands onto a Mac, right?

          • Luke says:

            He said iMac, not Mac.

            If you don’t like Macs, I’m pretty sure something like a Sony Vaio L or a Dell XPS One would work just as well.

  • Eric says:

    Lol cool I guess (not the price tag though) Why? Because I had to solve this problem a LONG time ago. So because I already have a spot/unit that works absolutely fine for my laptop, I see no reason in spending $649 to replace what has already been working many, many years for me.
    Of course the customer feedback will be good. If it’s made well (as it seems it is) and looks nice, then those who can afford an almost $700 30″ laptop stand -should be pleased! This IS useless for me regardless of it’s praise, sorry ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Luke says:

    I’ve got two questions about this desk.

    First, can it support a VESA desk mount without being damaged, or does a stock monitor stand need to be used?

    Second, and more importantly, I find the cable management design very appealing here, but I’m not really sold on the size of the desk, so I’m compelled to ask if you’re planning on releasing a standalone cable management box that could be affixed to a more typical desk.

    • Hi Luke,
      I have customers who mount monitor arms to the upper deck. Some desk mounts have clamping hardware that may bump into the lower lip of the rear shelf, so it is good to check dimensions. Yes, it’s a good idea to use a block between the desk under surface and the mount camp to give the clamp a thicker width to grab on to and to protect the desk finish.

      I’m glad you like the wire management features. I spent much time and revisions getting that right. OneLessStand has even more of these features along its rear edge.
      I have considered a stand alone wire manager/hidden shelf add-on, and sketched up a couple ideas. I saw some other neat wire managers on the market (I wish I had some URL’s for you) so I kinda lost interest. Never say never. I get enough flaming for creating a designer, minimalist desk in the USA without compromising quality. I can’t imagine the backlash if I were to release a not-as-cheap-as-IKEA designer desk shelf that works and looks great, but is never seen.
      But I digress…

      Thanks for your questions.

      • Luke says:

        I really appreciate the time you took to respond, and I’ll definitely be keeping your brand in mind in the future.

  • I ci says:

    never wanna to buy such things…

  • kit says:

    And with wires ? That’s the main problem of our desks !

  • creative says:

    i want one,.. I get the sleek design and the room-saving setting.. And yes, Ithing mac users will definetly love it, because the simply have a thing for sleek soft edges, nice details.. And apple users are used to 3-4 figure pricetags henrique;)

    • Eric says:

      You’re right, however the reason I can afford 4 different macs is because I don’t waste money on overpriced solutions like this. I’m not saying the desk itself is overpriced it looks quite nice and probably is difficult to build. However $700 for a place to put my computer is no solution to me because I had to solve this problem already! Useless waste of money for me! I could buy a mac mini! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • John says:

    Dean,

    This is exactly the desk I have been looking for for the past 2 years. It is beautiful!! I’m heading back to school in the fall, so this will have to wait for a bit :\ I hope these are still available in 2 years when I have my own place again. By then I am sure the OneLessStand will also be available.

  • Deg says:

    I’d love to have one, but it’s way too expensive. It would be great for my use, since it would be nice to slide the keyboard out of the way when I use my widescreen monitor for TV and movies (in addition to computing).

  • Humzai says:

    The complaints about price sound like the words of whiny little children. If you can not understand why a quality desk made without the backing of a large company and without the benefits of the economy of scale costs $650 then you really have never shopped for anything of quality. Good furniture costs a lot of money a nice chair to match the desk will cost you about that much maybe more.

  • Marshall says:

    Dean,

    I just checked your website and see that you have added OneLessStand and OneLessFile. They look great!

    How well do the units slide on carpet? Can you describe, for example, how the nested deck is grasped to slide? Is there a tendency to tip?

    Also it would seem to me you could improve the “presentation? by mixing colors – by this I mean not having the stand, the deck, and the OneLessFile all be color matched. On your website it is a bit overwhelming to the eye (says me who has no design sense whatsoever)

    Finally to all of you who are whining about the price… The $679 price for the desk is outrageous — outrageously low. Try pricing a quality desk and see what numbers you get — you can beat the price at IKEA, but don’t expect stunning design or something that is going to last 20+ years.

    • Eric says:

      Actually my solution was cheaper than ikeas and it’s quality vintage design haas lasted much longer than 20 years. So I’d rather buy 70 movie tickets than 1 desk solution that promises quality and design which I already have. I’ll wine about the price when I can come up with something equivlent for pennies to the dollar. Enjoy your $1000 paper weights, I know you will!

      • Humzai says:

        How does your cheaper solution, which we can only take your word for being just as stylish and functional as the onelessdesk, invalidate someone else’s purchase of it. Is your ego so fragile that somehow our purchase of a desk must be insulted? I am glad you are having such fun with your deal. Why do people find the need to mock what the can not afford? What does 70 movie tickets have to do with anything?

        • Eric says:

          70 tickets is something I would rather blow my money on than a desk. What does my ego have anything to do with it? If you’re so above it (me) why respond? Aren’t you in heaven with your desk?

    • Thanks Marshall!
      True, we essentially sell the desk for a wholesale, factory-direct price on our website. If ever we were to switch to purely “trade sales” or “contract sales” OneLessDesk’s price tag would be $1200 just like most other small, contract-grade designer desks. See dwr.com for examples.

      Glad you like OneLessStand and OneLessFile!

      Everything slides well on carpet. The feet have some surface area to them that help them float on carpet a bit, and yet sink into the carpet to make everything stable. No tendency to tip, even on thick carpet.

      To slide the lower deck out from the upper deck, you just pinch the sides of the lower deck and pull.

      As for mixed colors in the photography… I figured people would most likely own a matching set. We went with all buttercup for the photos so that the products would stand out – I guess I succeeded. :)
      Besides, I wanted to make the link color on the site be complimentary to the buttercup. It’s true that the Buttercup color is for people who want the desk to be a big accent in their living space. I love my Buttercup OneLessOffice set.

  • BadGirl74 says:

    I liked your blog its nice. ,

  • Tj says:

    I like it and I want it.

  • Rich Mills says:

    You cheapskates are bad for business.. I was looking for a desk for my iMac 27 inch (Yeah I'm a show off so what) I have a condo downtown so space is limited somewhat and this desk is perfect I actually found it on a blog and there was no price I expected it to be more.. but to my surprise just 700 bucks.. not bad at all.. my desk chair cost the same price.. you cheapskates are bad for business.. I'm definitely ordering this desk.. @Dean Heckler I'm guessing your the owner.. you should consider making one twice as thick from front to back.. I think its 12 inches thick right now maybe 24 inch or 18 inch might do the job even better for me.. I think it s a bit TOO thin worries me it would tip over.. plus I think it would look better thicker!.. maybe just the top part 18 inches thick.. that would be slick!.. also an option to get black sliders on the bottom instead of white would be nice.. the silver finish with black sliders would match my iMac perfectly!

  • Rich Mills says:

    You cheapskates are bad for business.. I was looking for a desk for my iMac 27 inch (Yeah I'm a show off so what) I have a condo downtown so space is limited somewhat and this desk is perfect I actually found it on a blog and there was no price I expected it to be more.. but to my surprise just 700 bucks.. not bad at all.. my desk chair cost the same price.. you cheapskates are bad for business.. I'm definitely ordering this desk.. @Dean Heckler I'm guessing your the owner.. you should consider making one twice as thick from front to back.. I think its 12 inches thick right now maybe 24 inch or 18 inch might do the job even better for me.. I think it s a bit TOO thin worries me it would tip over.. plus I think it would look better thicker!.. maybe just the top part 18 inches thick.. that would be slick!.. also an option to get black sliders on the bottom instead of white would be nice.. the silver finish with black sliders would match my iMac perfectly!

  • Pete Theo says:

    Hello Mr Heckler,

    As a Musician looking for space saving solution for my compact home studio, may i sudgest OneLessStudio where you sell the main desk parts with the extras required to hold a MIDI keyboard plus any extra ideas.

    Regards
    Pete Theo

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