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A Stable Office Environment

Giorgio Baravalle originally had a true home office—a space inside his house in Millbrook, New York, that was meant to be a private place to work, but instead served as a traffic circle in the midst of family life.

The largest stall (below), formerly used for washing thousand-pound animals, was the perfect size for a meeting room.
The largest stall (below), formerly used for washing thousand-pound animals, was the perfect size for a meeting room.

Taking a break one day, he walked up to the carriage house on his four-acre property—
an essential element of any estate built in 1890. Although the former horse stalls were so packed with rotten storm windows, doors, and random detritus they couldn’t open, Baravalle realized he had the perfect office (and a lot of work) right in his backyard.

After four years of tireless salvaging efforts, hiring a contractor, and sandblast-
ing off the grit and grime of horses and 
time, the former carriage house has been 
reborn as home to the offices of de.MO 
(design.Method of Operation), Baravalle’s 
award-winning multidisciplinary design 
and publishing firm. The carriage house 
is now a beautiful and serene environment that contrasts nicely with the glow of sleek, white Macs and Artemide lamps.

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    101 Home Office

    Work is work, but working from home is better, especially if you have the right setup.

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