Let’s start with the essentials, a horizontal surface on which to write and place other essentials like a computer/fax/copier, phone, and whatever else you would like nearby. Think about a roll-top desk.
There are reproductions made in various sizes to fit your workspace and needs. If you like authenticity, consider working with a reputable antique dealer who will help find the desk for your needs.
Roll-top desks offer numerous cubbies to hold all sorts of necessities like paper clips, flash drives, and pens. There are larger drawers that are file size in case you have paper files you want at your fingertips. The top of a roll-top desk has a shelf, great for displaying pictures, books, awards, or consider placing an antique clock to help mark the time.
One feature available with a roll-top desk is you can close the cover and create a beautiful profile, leaving your work undisturbed underneath.
Let’s move to the seating. A vintage desk looks best with vintage seating. Again, there are companies that specialize in reproduction desk chairs; some even come with the wheels for ease of mobility around your workspace. It is probably best to get a chair with arms, so be sure to measure the height of your desk so the chair arms fit with the desk. Chair arms give you a place pause and lean on as you contemplate during your workday.