Modern design does a workspace good. Here are seven offices and study nooks sure to help inspire your next great idea.
Taking its cues from local barns and silos and the rolling Wisconsin terrain, the Field House is a kind of modern observatory for watching winter turn to spring and the great vault of the heavens. A silo ladder in the study leads to the roof deck. Both desk lamps are Tizios by Richard Sapper for Artemide; the pendant is a Zettle’z by Ingo Maurer; and the Kalos armchair and Solo desk chair are by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia. Photo by Tom Fowlks.
In his Clear Lake prefab retreat, resident Terry Ohm enlisted Ohio Design to fabricate the fleet of minimalist, Donald Judd–inspired furniture, including a desk and bookshelf in his home office and the sofa and coffee table in his living room. Photo by Noah Webb.
Collaborations between academic institutions and design greats have exposed students around the world to masterful lessons in furniture.Some of Marcel Breuer’s earlier experiments found a home in his 1938 commission from Bryn Mawr College—just as students found a home in the newly built Rhoads Hall, outfitted with desks, chairs, dressers, mirrors, and bookshelves of his design. The L-shaped chair, for example, continued Breuer’s experiments with cutout plywood.
In a recently renovated Norwegian summerhouse, the study is designed to foster contemplation and creativity. The 1950s desk in the office is from the original house; the chair is by Aksel, a Norwegian furniture company. Architect and resident Irene Sævik designed the pencil holder. Photo by Ivan Brodey.
nterior 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.