by John Morgenstern via yellowtrace
In the last few years, the typical office space has undergone a tremendous revolution. With a greater focus on aesthetic, the average office started becoming a place where employees wanted to spend time in. Luckily, this trend seems to be continuing into the new decade. So to inspire you for your own home workspace, here’s the best of 2019:
Starting off our list is the work of Stockholm-based design practice Halleröd. This 16th floor, New York based office features rich wood paneling accented with deep cobalt blue and bright cherry red furniture. While this color theme dominates the aesthetic, each room has its own unique features. For example, the executive bathrooms showcase a natural cut marble with hints of blue tones. All of which is highlighted by the blue enameled sink, while a glazed lava stone desk welcomes you at reception. This is a workspace that truly earns the executive title.
Moving across the pond, this buying and merchandizing office for luxury London department store, Selfridges, features simplistic, communal workspaces in an open-floored layout. Splashes of bright, matted color instill a fun, creative energy all while promoting collaborating work style. Design firm Alex Cochrane Architects sought to create a “nomadic work space” in which employees could pick up their laptops and move to any desk at one of the 125 work points. This office also features a kitchen, two cafés, a library, and a terrace. All of which also function as mobile work centers.
Also in London, this upcoming luxury co-working space combines French Renaissance architecture with modern trends to form a truly one-of-a-kind workspace. Created by venture firm PUBLIC and workspace accelerator Huckletree, this office resides on historic One Horse Guards Avenue where it previously served as an MI6 HQ in WWI. This prevented any structural change to the space so instead, designers focused on using furniture, fixtures, and artwork to create an open-plan workspace inside of a French Renaissance style building. This space hosts creative and entrepreneurial endeavors; all drawing inspiration from this truly unique design.
Inspired by the simplistic design of monasteries, architecture and design practice Ciguë created this Paris office for creative production company OBO. They chose raw, long-lasting materials such as solid oak and crude steal to construct this open-floor planned space. Contrasting the simplicity, Ciguë included an ornate double glass door at the entrance and full length street facing windows allowing an abundance of natural light. According to Ciguë, “the founder of OBO wears slippers around the office and proclaims to see himself living in the space one day.” In a workspace you could live in, how could you ever want to leave?!
The next workspace featured in our list is architectural practice Aires Mateus’ own office located on a residential street in Lisbon, Portugal. Here, the meeting room by itself is a piece of art. Featuring multiple murals, including a full length ceiling piece and ornate mouldings, this space is reminiscent of a palace in Versailles. Not stopping there, this office also features a natural stone tiled pool and small garden; perfect for Friday night office fun. This beautiful work space inspires modern thinking while surrounding yourself with historic architecture trends.
Any list wouldn’t be complete without our favorite luxury workspace. This member-exclusive office space located in the heart of Manhattan’s NoMad district boasts 35 private offices, six lounges, and three meeting rooms. In addition to 35 dedicated desks, Blender offers a full service lounge and cafe. This space also acts as an event center featuring panels, performances, and guest speakers. With a focus on incorporating art, music, wellness and other cultural experiences as an equal to the workspace, Blender fosters a hardworking, creative environment in a truly beautiful space.
See the whole 2019 archive here