Well-Designed Work

May 14, 2012

Don’t miss Design Voice Survey #12! Results will be posted tomorrow.

Do you have a home office? I sometimes daydream about working from home. I’m a bit of a homebody so it sounds like a lovely set-up to me. Particularly if you’re going to be spending long hours in it, designing a work space that makes you happy can have a hugely positive effect on your quality of life and work.

Work spaces aren’t always the areas we design-obsessed gravitate towards for inspiration as they are too often utilitarian or just plain boring. Let’s take a look at some offices that break out of that norm.

Simple, yes. Boring, no. This nearly minimalist work area has clean lines and crisp colors, plenty of work surface and storage, and a touch of personality from the art. If you find clutter or loud colors distracting, this set-up would be ideal. Designed by Felipe Hess, photographed by Fran Parente, via yatzer.

Remember the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree from last Wednesday’s post? Well there’s two more today. They seem to be the darling of designers everywhere. So things I like in this room are (obviously) the tree, the windows, and the desk. Things I do not like: that particular shade of pink in the rug, and the mirrored armchairs. Maybe the chairs wouldn’t be so bad if they weren’t picking up the pink rug making this whole shot appear warped and confusing. By Rafael de Cardenas via Savvy Home.

There’s nothing ground-breaking about the design of this home office, but I love how approachable and “real” it is. I could do without the door hardware in the shape of sea life, but the built-ins are great otherwise. By Viscusi Elson Interior Design via House of Turquoise.

Two different kinds of black wallpaper, the perfect pop of pink, and the Eames Molded Plastic Armchair. Recently I had the exciting opportunity to sit in one of these Eames chairs that I have so long admired, but I was a little let down. I have heard that they are comfortable, but that was not my experience. And I only sat in it for less than a minute before I came to that conclusion. I would probably only use one of these beauties as a purely decorative statement or to be very rarely sat in. Has anyone had a different experience? Nuevo Estilo, found via Christine Martinez on Pinterest, repinned from Sayeh Pezeshki.

Mmm soft blue grays. And a sweet chandelier. Est Magazine via desire to inspire.

There’s that beautiful Fiddle Leaf again. I’m all for playing with scale, but I think that Chinese lantern may be just a little much for this space. That thing is huge. Love everything else though. Designed by Ray Booth and Josh Shea, photographed by Eric Piasecki for Elle Decor, via Simply Smitten.

Elle Interior via interiors porn.

I adore the combination of gray and rusty orange. I want those flowers in my life right now. Style at Home via

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  • Reply Iris Interiors LLC May 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I am in love with the dark turquoise legs of that desk. It looks so classic.

    • Reply Christina Ebbers May 14, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      Glad you like! I agree that color is wonderful and really elevates the style in that shot.

  • Reply Ruth Dykstra May 14, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Our church has a lot of the Eames style chairs, fabric upholstered armchairs in the council room, and fiberglass armless stackable ones in orange and other colors elsewhere. I find them all extremely uncomfortable. Is there any way we can make a bundle selling them and buy something comfortable?

    • Reply Christina Ebbers May 15, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Well, there is a considerable difference in the price that an “Eames style” chair commands as opposed to an authentic Eames. Do you know for certain they are not true Eames? If they are good reproductions folks who want the look but can’t afford the real thing might happily take them off your hands. I doubt you would find anyone interested in purchasing the whole lot and it might be an ordeal to parcel them all out in small groups. But it might be worth it!

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