Desks of Nicholas Grimshaw and Luke Pearson revealed in photographs

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Workspaces of Nicholas Grimshaw, Luke Pearson and more revealed in photography series

A photography exhibition has opened, showcasing the desks of London creatives including architect Nicholas Grimshaw, designer Luke Pearson and Serpentine Galleries CEO Yana Peel.

Called DeskTop, the exhibition is on show at the Walter Knoll showroom in London's Clerkenwell. It reveals the workspaces of eight figures, all captured by photographer Anton Rodriguez.

Nicholas Grimshaw's glass desk is shown with a model of one of his designs, while Luke Pearson (main image) reveals a marble desk topped with coloured pencils

The series also includes Tony Chambers of Wallpaper*Foster + Partners designer Mike Holland, architect Sevil Peach, V&A curator Johanna Agerman Ross and Hassell architect Matthew Blain.

Grimshaw's glass desk is photographed along with a model of own of his designs. Meanwhile, PearsonLloyd co-founder Luke Pearson's marble desk is shown with coloured pencils and an apple on top.

Johanna Agerman Ross reveals a workspace located beside an extensive library

Johanna Agerman Ross, who is also founder of design magazine Disegno, reveals a desk located beside an extensive library, while Mike Holland from Foster + Partners shows his space inside the firm's huge Battersea office.

Sevil Peach's desk in London Bridge features a range of drawing pencils and crayons

In the exhibition, each photograph is presented alongside an object (or several) chosen by the owner of the workspace, to represent their mode of working.

Next to the image of her London Bridge workspace, which features a range of drawing pencils and crayons, architect Sevil Peach presents a Stanley tape measure.

"A very useful friend, small enough to be in my pocket, light enough to be in my bag, which came out of a cracker one happy Christmas lunch," the architect said. "I am always curious to check dimensions, as I like to relate to objects and spaces one on one."

The workspace of Serpentine Galleries CEO Yana Peel doubles as a space for her to meet artists and curators

The workspace of Serpentine Gallery CEO Yana Peel, which doubles as a space for her to meet artists and curators, is shown alongside a MacBook, a mobile phone with a personalised cover and a range of art books.

In the exhibition, it is displayed beside a copy of the Financial Times Weekend magazine.

Tony Chambers from Wallpaper* magazine reveals the desk in his Barbican apartment, along with some of his graphic design tools

The workspace of Tony Chambers – brand and content director at Wallpaper* magazine – is located inside his Barbican apartment. In the image, it features coloured glassware and a wooden desk tidy.

For the exhibition, this is presented with an Equilibre d'Hermès magnifying glass and a Loupe lens, to represent the detail and focus required for his editorial and graphic design work.

"Having studied and practiced typography, graphic design and printing for many years, quality and fine details are extremely important to me," said Chambers.

"A magnifying lens is therefore an essential tool. The classic, simple Loupe is great to carry around, but the sculptural Hermès magnifying glass is a desktop work of art."

Hassell's Matthew Blain showcases a desk in the firm's Shoreditch office, covered in drawings and material samples

Finally, Hassell's Matthew Blain showcases a desk in the firm's Shoreditch office, covered in drawings and material samples. In the exhibition, this is presented with a book about fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

The exhibition was curated by Jonathan Openshaw. His aim was to showcase how, in the digital age, the physical desk is still important.

"The nine-to-five workplace is going through a time of unprecedented change, driven by technological and demographic shifts," said Openshaw.

"As our working lives become more portable, flexible and virtual, the line between business and leisure, home and office, is blurring. DeskTop asks questions about the way we work today and how we might work better tomorrow."

"We cannot exist in VR enhanced digital bubbles," he added. "I think there will always be a place for wood, paper and ink in how we work through ideas and make imaginative leaps."

Mike Holland from Foster + Partners shows his space inside the firm's huge Battersea office

DeskTop is on show at the Walter Knoll showroom at 42 Charterhouse Square, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 6EA, until 30 November 2017.

It follows a similar theme to a recent photography series by Alex Hammond and Mike Tinney, which presents the pencils of numerous architects, designers and artists, including Tracey Emin, John Pawson and Paul Smith.