Episode 015 - Minimal Desk and Workspace Setup From A Remotely Working Designer, Malaysia

Episode 015: Harrison Niap

Harrison Niap

UIUX Designer & Marketing (working remotely)

Name: Harrison Niap
Location: Penang, Malaysia
Occupation: UIUX Designer & Marketing
Room Size: 14㎡
Cost of Setup: About $2,000

Product List  
IKEA Karlby countertop (183cm) on FlexiSpot E3 sit/stand desk frame
Steelcase Leap
Desk Shelf Samdi dual monitor stand
IKEA Alex drawer
MacBook Pro 2018 15”
Docking Station
Aluminium vertical stand
External GPU
Razer Core X + RTX3060Ti
Monitor LG 34WK650
Monitor Stand
Monitor Light Bar
Xiaomi monitor light bar


Edifier R1280T
BM-800 on a TimeCiti boom arm
Switch Couture Frosted Acrylic Alice
Mouse Logitech MX Master 3
Desk Lamp IKEA Tertial on the right, Industrial edison lamp on the left
Ambient Light
Skydimo monitor light strip
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Xiaomi wireless charging dock

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Harrison and I’m from Penang, Malaysia! I work remotely as a UIUX designer for a company based in the US — that’s all across the globe! My setup is my home office by day and gaming corner by night. I am also a keyboardist at church — my synthesizer is right beside my desk!

What’s your favorite item on your desk?

There’s so many favorites! I think a desk shelf really acts as a centerpiece of a desk setup, and the Samdi walnut desk shelf adds a nice warm tone that ties in the setup together. I dream of having a Hexcal Studio one day to really juice the setup up one day though!

What niche interest are you up to recently?

As I started creating desk setup content on IG, I’ve been delving deep into photography and videography!

When did you start to work on your desk setup?

Right around March of 2018, the same time as when I got my first remote job, and the same time we all had to stay at home due to the COVID pandemic. Such timing though! 

What's your desk setup aesthetics?

I am largely a minimal desk setup and workspace person, but depending on mood, I love turning on some RGB and make a cozy gaming aesthetic at night!

Your advice for beginners getting into Desk Setup.

Start off with these three KEY things — cable management to make the place clean and tidy, ambient lighting to make a space cozy, and plants to bring life into the space and make it more organic! 

Any tips for other makers who want to improve their workspaces?

Pick something that acts as a centerpiece in your setup and build around it. If you have a white table and grey walls, try to build around that, instead of spreading yourself too thin.

What does your typical day look like?

My schedule is relatively flexible — I get breakfast, then make sure I put in my 8 hours of work, and weave in some filming and editing for content creation depending on whether I need to film during the day or at night.