The Past, that had been so difficult to bring to memory,
had here been caught, conquered and pinned down before his eyes.
It had become History; with it there was now no variableness neither shadow of turning."
- Isak Dinesen (Out of Africa)
You could also purchase a desk from a catalog , a piece that looks, well, not unlike your neighbor's desk. Or you could choose.
Choose history, craftsmanship, character and, in so doing, say a little something more about yourself.
And into your life so bring something that just might outlast you.