How someone organizes their desk can tell you a lot about how they get work done. That’s why we’re stepping into the offices of enviably creative (and productive) people to look at what’s on their desks — pens and notebooks and gadgets, but also décor and tchotchkes. Today, we’ve asked New York textile designer Sara Berks of Minna to show and tell.
I always have a handful of these around in my bag or on my desk. They are my favorite pens for writing or sketching: I really like the fine-tipped points, and the lines that they create are very crisp and clear. I’ve been using them since art school and I buy them in black only.
I have a stack of books behind me, but the ones I look to for inspiration most frequently are Sol LeWitt: 100 Views and Agnes Martin. I’ve always been really inspired by minimalist art, and these are two of my favorite artists. I actually have one of Sol LeWitt’s drawings tattooed to my arm, and Agnes Martin is a huge influence in my work. We have this rug called the “Agnes” rug, which is named after her. I also reference Interaction of Color by Josef Albers a lot — I’ve had this one since color theory in art school.
I have one of these on my desk (the exact one isn’t sold anymore, but this is similar) that’s turned into a catchall for pens and pencils. My friend Brooke of BTW Ceramics made a whole bunch of them in different sizes for my wedding last summer. I had her make 30 of them for our wedding, and we kept a handful, then sold the rest in our brick-and-mortar.
Our studio/store is usually freezing (it’s an old building!), so I always have a scarf hanging over the back of my chair. This is a favorite from our line. We sell them as table runners and scarves, so I always have it with me to wrap around my neck when I get cold.
I met the founders of Pigeon Toe a couple years ago at a trade show — they’re really cool ladies — and I love all of their work. Everything they make is really simple and utilitarian, but then the color palette is spot on. We carry these in the shop in a bunch of different colors, the terra-cotta one being my current favorite. I have a really bad coffee habit and have been trying to slowly transition to herbal tea in the afternoon as a pick-me-up instead of more caffeine.
I usually always turn to herbal remedies before anything else, and I always have a mix of tinctures on my desk to get me through the day. I use Kick a Cold Blend from our neighbor Good Fight Herb Co. whenever I feel a cold coming on.
I also swear by Wooden Spoon Herbs Migraine Melter. I usually just put a few drops on my tongue, but you can always mix it into water as well.
The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best women’s jeans, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, ultra-flattering pants, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.
Every editorial product is independently selected. If you buy something through our links, New York may earn an affiliate commission.