I am at home sick which leads to staring blankly at Pinterest, Tumblr and Google Reader wishing I could be doing something more productive. But I found more workspaces so I thought I’d share them.
I found all these workspaces on the Tumblr site What Say Beauty which is mostly about fashion but occasionally posts a lovely workspace, office or desk.
(Click on image image for a direct link to the original posts.)
Do you know what happens when I have a few days to just relax and kick back? I start imagining the perfect workspace/office retreat. Don’t get me wrong, I love taking a break but I feel the time away gives me perspective about what’s important and what needs more or less attention. After awhile, I look forward to bunkering down in my home office/studio to reading, writing and blogging.
And I am already thinking about my New Year’s Resolutions and making 2013 the best year ever. First on my list of priorities to revamp the office this year. Do I aim for quirky French market? Or classic mid-century or maybe bright and playful?
The more I think about the modern home office, the more I think that I need workspace but I don’t need a dedicated space for my computer since I work on a laptop, it can easily be tucked away when not in use, leaving space open for writing and other projects. I’ve considered switching to a large round communal table as the central focus of the office with drawers, shelves and cupboards along the walls.
What do you hope to do with your workspace this year?
(photos via What Say Beauty, Decor8, Blood And Champagne and Nordic Design)
Are employees more creative problem solvers when they are not tethered to a specific desk or cubicle? Is the new modern office an open modular space with cubbies or offices for when you need privacy and then open, airy spaces for idea-generation and collaboration? The interior design firm O+A has designed the workspaces for many of the best known west coast tech firms. I love the casual, homey vibe of a lot of these spaces.
Why go to a coffee shop to work if your office has coffee-shop-style nooks AND you can draw on the walls with white board markers or chalk?
Industrial elements like particle board benches and exposed HVAC give a quirky loft-style look to AOL and Dreamhost’s spaces.
Dreamhost LA office
Dreamhost LA office
With more and more mobile tools, its easier than ever to work on-the-go from a laptop, ipad or tablet or even from a mobile phone. Is the age of the cubicle over?
Would you feel more productive in spaces like this or more apt to goof off?
(all images from O+A)
Maybe its the autumn weather but I’ve really been attracted to workspaces with more color– deeper, darker, richer colors. So many of the office spaces I find are white, white, white. Let’s embrace dark woods, color and wallpaper!
I am thinking I might like adding wallpaper to my workspace to add some pattern and color… you?
A well-worn brick wall isn’t something you can really recreate but I would definitely showcase it if I had one too.
Oktavilla, 2009/09, Elding Oscarson Ark
Swedish architects Elding Oscarsoncreated the patterned wall of this space for design firm Oktavilla in Stockholm and they utilized very unique building materials — magazines!
Oktavilla, 2009/09, Elding Oscarson Ark
I’ve been teased that all the workspaces I post are stark white affairs so I’m taking this opportunity to show some spaces that have a bit more color.
See? I can find inspiring spaces that use more color than just white.
(via Apartment Therapy, Mr Boddington, Design Sponge, VT Wonen, House of Turquoise and My Ideal Home and Home Ideas on Tumblr)
Remodelista featured this lovely workspace with a mix of simple modern pieces and vintage finds. Click through to “steal this look”.
This is the desk of author Susan Elizabeth Phillips which was sent to fellow author Jennifer Crusie to show her tidy office.
Are you more productive in a tidy space or a messy one?
(via Jennifer Crusie)
Today was a treasure trove of great workspaces on Pinterest:
Architectural Digest featured the inspiring Manhattan work space of fashion designer Reed Krakoff. The most awe-inspiring piece is this desk that makes me imagine the offices of characters in the Rocketeer. Glamourous and stunning!
(via Architectural Digest)
The office space of interior designer Erin Gates. By way of The Every Girl. If you like the look of her studio, you can shop the look.
This may have been a dining room setting but the large, framed envelope and globe reminded me of a lovely home office. The rough-hewn worktable and white-washed, mid-century office chairs make it even more office-y. Though, I suppose, an office-lover like myself might want to make every room look like a beautiful work space.
(via PLANETE DECO)
Israeli-born fashion design Nili Lotan’s Tribeca studio is elegant, understated and a little industrial-chic.
(via Nili Lotan)
Scandinavian simplicity and minimalism at its finest. (via Trenenser.se)
Check out an array of office workspaces of interior designers at Heirloom Philosophy.
(via Heirloom Philosophy)
This is what a real workspace looks like: cutting table, piles upon piles of papers and a mess of adhesives to choose from.
Paint your chair and recover the seat to give your workspace a quick facelift!
Scandinavian office interior combines warm woods with modern pieces and vintage-y wallpaper. Hodge-podge harmony!
LA stylist (The Life Styled) Catherine Sheppard’s home office. I love the white with gold accents (even gold dinosaurs) and the clear plexiglass paper organizers. Clean, neat and light!
(via The Glitter Guide)
Office of interior designer Meredith Heron.
(via Chinoiserie Chic)
Lifehacker asked their readers to post photos of their workspace on Flickr in the Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Pool. There are dozens of images of massive monitor stacks but their are also a few gems in the group too. If you’re looking for real-world workspace inspiration, this is a great resource.
(image above by MattsMacintosh found in the pool)
Elegant shared workspace.
(Ralph Morse—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Albert Einstein’s office — just as the Nobel Prize-winning physicist left it — taken mere hours after Einstein died, Princeton, New Jersey, April 1955.
Salvation Jane‘s actual workspace with no styling or tidying. Messy but totally real and usuable.
(via Interiors Porn from Design Files)