Second week into my new adventures as a full-time, self-employed creative, and I work is continuing to flow in. I’m thrilled to say I haven’t had a moment of drudgery since quitting my day job and jumping straight into my freelance endeavours full-time! After a glorious three day weekend in Auckland re-merchandising followed by a two day wining/dining/retail therapy fest with my childhood best friend and fashion designer, I’m due to start work today on a new project. Much more about that later, but today I’m continuing to look at exciting new ways to create a stimulating office environment for those of us who have the luxury of working from home. Last week showed the first round of must-haves for the home office and today I’d like to share a few more ideas to make your space a delight to work in.
First up is this divine ‘Airia’ writing desk by Rhode Island Kaiju Studios for Herman Miller. The handsome solid walnut frame brings a sense of tradition and warmth while the cast aluminium legs are undeniably modern. This desk shows a well thought out design providing an elevated back section to conceal ugly cables and has three removable cork-lined drawers for paperwork and pens. Accompanied by a complementary Media Cabinet, this is a beautiful work station solution for any modern home, available from Matisse. To read further about the design process at Kaiju Studios click here.
Simple, sleek, and sculptural is the polished aluminium pencil holder from Australian husband and wife design duo, Daniel Emma.
Jamie McLellan has just released Spar Junior, a baby desk lamp version of his floor lamp, Spar, this year for New Zealand design collective Resident. Exhibiting their new range at the Milan Furniture Fair, Resident comprises of five talented New Zealand designers including Simon James, Gideon Bing, Nat Cheshire, and Jason Whiteley. Spar Junior is available from Simon James Design.
Every home office needs artwork to stimulate and inspire creativity. Half Finish, half British, designer and printmaker Sanna Annukka‘s graphic silk screen prints have a direct connection to her native roots. With a limited edition of 45 prints available, this hand printed screen print, Karelianlintu (Karlelian – a Finnish dialect – bird), is one of three new bird prints from Sanna Annukka.
Often times an office in the home is merely a nook under a stairway or , but if you have the luxury of more space you may be able to partition off an area by using a screen. French design duo, brothers Rowan and Erwan Bouroullec created ‘Clouds’, modular textiles which are bound together with elastic ribbon. Bi-colour pieces (a different colour on each side) are available in a choice of five colour combinations in Kvadrat’s Divina fabric. Both a unique sculptural work of art and a functional piece, ‘Clouds’ can be either attached to the wall, lain on the floor, or suspended from the ceiling (as shown). Visit Domo for further details and to purchase.
A prerequisite for every office is a filing cabinet. This metal pedestal ‘CBox’ by Italian company Dieffebi is a multi functional cabinet which doubles as a seat with optional seat padding. Shown here in pea green, it also provides an electric pop of colour in boiler suit orange and fire truck red along with the standard black and white and other muted neutral shades, available in New Zealand from Europlan.
Every self-employed creative needs a stylish laptop carrier like this weather resistant nylon ‘Sling Sleeve’ messenger bag from Incase.
Every desktop needs a little something ornate to add interest. This scandi-inspired porcelain horse tray by Jonathan Adler will hold your little bit’n'bobs, available from Mondegreen.
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