Let's be honest, working from home always sounds like a great idea but you need a well appointed and dedicated workspace to really get anything done. Working from your cozy bed or curled up on the couch sounds delightful in theory but after a while can be quite uncomfortable, not to mention terrible for your posture. Here, we take a look at seven beautiful, practical and creative home offices to give you a little inspiration for your own.
JAPANESE INSPIRED SUMMER RETREAT
An architect recasts a 1960s artist’s retreat in southeastern Norway. The 1950s desk in the office is from the original house; the chair is by Aksel, a Norwegian furniture company. Sævik designed the pencil holder.
Photo by Ivan Brodey.
Photo by: Ivan Brodey
Courtesy of: Ivan Brodey
ANGULAR MULTI-GENERATIONAL HOME IN WASHINGTON
For many baby boomers, "retirement" is just a long way to spell "the end." This wasn't the case for Mike and Fiona Goodchild, a pair of retiring Scottish UCSB professors who wanted a home that would easily adapt to meet their changing needs while helping future generations meet theirs. Mike's second-floor office features locally-sourced cabinetry.
Photo by Dale Christopher Lang PhD AIAP.
PLAYFUL FAMILY HOME IN BELGIUM
A pair of interior architects with a years-in-the-making furniture collection recast an old Belgian factory as a playful family home. Interior architect and resident Renaud de Poorter works in his second-floor office at a pair of Joyn tables by the Bouroullec brothers and an Ypsilon office chair by Mario Bellini for Vitra.
Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.
A 450-square-foot apartment in the Upper West Side needed to accommodate the resident’s working, entertaining, and resting needs, without eating up precious inches. This groovy blue home office offers all three. A perforated steel divider rolls out to allow the office compartment to unfold.
Photo by Raimund Koch.
Photo by: Raimund Koch
MALIBU CANYON HOUSE WITH A VIEW
Working with a limited footprint, a daunting slope, and killer views, architect Bruce Bolander went vertical with a secluded canyon house in Malibu. He designed the custom steel desk as well as the bedside table, fashioned from a speaker tower base and a slab of white oak.
Photo by J Bennett Fitts.
Photo by: J Bennett Fitts
Although postwar California modernism is generally associated with Southern California, the Bay Area’s own tradition has begun in recent years to be more widely acknowledged, and its surviving treasures have gained an appreciative audience. The homeowner surfs the net at the built-in desk.
Photo by Misha Gravenor.
Photo by: Misha Gravenor
Driven by the death of several appliances, a San Francisco family finds that a spanking new kitchen delivers a good dose of domestic harmony along with the excuse to execute a complete home makeover. The homeowner’s new office is a repository for assorted claptrap.
Photo by Leslie Williamson.
Photo by: Leslie Williamson