A dedicated workspace in your home helps you set aside household distractions and focus on work. Here, we’ve gathered 65 home office ideas that will inspire you to design a work-friendly space in your own home. These home offices, located everywhere from Beverly Hills to Brooklyn, have one thing in common: a sophisticated space secluded from such tempting distractions as TV and snacks. Photographer Steven Meisel even installed a hybrid office/master bath in his home for those moments when genius strikes, say, in the tub, and an idea must be documented. From actor Julianna Margulies’s Manhattan apartment to author Judy Blume’s Key West, Florida, retreat, these home office design ideas will not only inspire you to get that last bit of work done but enjoy your surroundings while doing so. CovetED 18th Issue: WORK FROM HOME, explores this trend. Do you have yous already?
Minimalist Work Space
For her radical redesign of a Park Avenue apartment, Jennifer Post carved six distinct areas out of the 900-square-foot space. The home office occupies an entire bedroom wall. Its decor is in line with the rest of the place, which has a minimalist feel with a strictly white palette and strategically placed accents of colour throughout. “Color is used to increase the length of the apartment. You have to go look for it,” she says.
Clean and Bright
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This bright, light home office is the perfect place to think and create. When architects Lee F. Mindel and his partner, Peter L. Shelton, redid a couple’s apartment in a 1910 building in Manhattan, they wanted to take advantage of the natural light that streamed into the corner unit. This bright office doubles as the guest room. The chairs are by Jean Prouvé, left, and Hans Wegner. The Orrefors bowls on the low table are by Shelton, Mindel & Associates.
Fresh and Clean
A little colour goes a long way in an all-white space. The study in this New York apartment designed by Desai/Chia features aluminium shelving by Rakks and just enough colour and shapes for oomph.
Sleek and Unique
Some super sleek curves—architect Charles Gwathmey’s signature—distinguish his St. Barts home office and its sucupira-wood desk, designed by Kang Chang and fabricated on the island. The swivel chairs are by Hans Wegner from DK Vogue, and the ceiling fan is by Boffi. The rainbow display of books is a nice touch, too.
Midcentury Loft Office
For all your midcentury-modern motivations, look to Stephen Harvey’s mezzanine office of his Sagaponack, New York, retreat. A great combo of sleekness and color, the Arne Jacobsen pendant light paired with the golden Moroccan kilim and Navajo rug, decorate the space.
For all your midcentury-modern motivations, look to Stephen Harvey’s mezzanine office of his Sagaponack, New York, retreat. A great combo of sleekness and colour, the Arne Jacobsen pendant light paired with the golden Moroccan kilim and Navajo rug, decorate the space.
Alexandra von Furstenberg’s Sunny Work Space
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This cheerful space is full of sharp angles while also maintaining a lot of fun. Alexandra von Furstenberg created the acrylic desk, side table, and (in collaboration with Dax Design) shelving for her Los Angeles home office, which is also outfitted with two Milo Baughman lounge chairs, an Eames desk chair by Herman Miller, a Dax Design cabinet, and a Philippe Starck floor lamp by Flos; the large photograph is by Kim Keever, and the easel displays an issue of Interview magazine signed by Andy Warhol to Von Furstenberg.
Kourtney Kardashian’s Playful Home Office
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Batman, Frank Sinatra, and Mia Farrow line the back wall in Kourtney Kardashian’s Los Angeles home office—designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard and furnished with a vintage Jules Leleu desk and Pierre Jeanneret chairs. The vibrant work on paper by Bridget Riley and the arrangement of flowers add playfulness.
We’ll always love a very blue design idea, and that goes for the high-gloss office at Alex Rodriguez’s Florida estate—Briggs Edward Solomon handled the decoration—a Florence Knoll pedestal table is grouped with Saarinen armchairs, all by Knoll, and a carpet by Diane von Furstenberg for the Rug Company; sconces from Flos flank Marco Ovando photographs.
Another case for getting into monochrome, this office goes all-in on shades of blue. In the study of Jay McInerney and Anne Hearst’s New York penthouse, a colour photograph by Elliott Erwitt overlooks a Jansen desk and an Eames chair by Herman Miller. The linen upholstered daybed and Orley Shabahang carpet add an extra layer of cosiness.
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Always recommended: shaking up your sofa with a striking shape, as seen here with the curvy plush number. Large artwork by Jack Pierson presides over producer Brian Grazer’s Hollywood home office, where designer Waldo Fernandez paired a sofa, chair, and a wood cocktail table—all vintage pieces by Jean Royère—with midcentury armchairs from France (left) and Italy; the rug was custom made by Mansour Modern.
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