This streamlined workspace with its vintage style belongs to Joshua Topolsky, co-founder and editor of tech news site The Verge. Topolsky’s organised his space for a very pleasing, balanced visual composition and focused productivity.
There’s that large monitor turned vertically to stream news and social info on the side (essential for his work) and the MacBook Air with its small screen, by comparison, as the focal point. Using that small notebook as his main tool might actually help him be more productive than if he had two, three or more larger monitors flanking his desk.
Looking at the workspace, with the Roy Lichtenstein artwork, choice of furniture and clean desktop, you can tell these were all purposeful design decisions. Hit up his Google+ post for more office photos, which include such nostalgic accoutrements as an old Brother electric typewriter.