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Image from Mechanoid
You think of every office space you've ever seen and you're faced with a conscious decision: do I make it look like an "office" or do I do something different?
Image from the Atlantic Cities
First, let's look at the concept of the modern "office." In an interview with the Atlantic Cities, writer Nikil Saval explains that the cubicle was a 1960s invention designed to increase the autonomy of the worker. The original goal was to eliminate class distinction and hierarchies and instead promote a greater sense of community and cooperation.
By most accounts (the comic Dilbert being among the most vocal), the cubicle has missed its mark.
And here's where the home office comes in. Because it's inherently about being autonomous (it is your house after all), the home workspace becomes an unfettered place where a person can define exactly what they want and need.
Collaboration space? Go with wide open tables. Bright and functional modern light fixtures help to keep the energy up in the room.
Warm Bronze Industrial Pendant Light, Possini Euro Diamond Cage Black Pendant Light, Stockholm Solid Wood 78 3/4 Inch Wide Table
Creative space? Go colorful and casual with a variety of lights and versatile seating.
Brushed Steel Technocolors Teardrop Torchiere Lamp, Blue Woopsy Desk Lamp, Rhythm Kagiso Pattern Cotton Throw Pillow, Set of 2 Zuo Green Stackable Chairs
Concentration space? Increase focus by keeping all your essential supplies and files at an arm's length. Use an LED desk lamp to shed light on the task at hand.
Koncept Gen 3 Equo Daylight LED Desk Lamp, Gilbert White Lacquer File Cabinet, Temara Line Gray Wood Flower Bowl
The great thing about home office spaces is that space itself is no longer an issue, now that we do so much of our work digitally. Whether it's a converted closet or an entire dining room, working at home can be just as efficient and productive as anywhere.
Images: Mechanoid, the Atlantic
Brent Turner is an architecture, design and art writer who adores elegantly simple distillations of complex design problems. You'll often catch him waxing poetic about how such creative problem solving is not only the essence of a successful art and design practice, but of science, engineering, and well, life in general. A California native, Brent was educated at U.C. San Diego where he was first exposed to clumsy yet endearingly avant-garde institutional art and architecture. In the years since, he has expanded his interest base to include all types of interior, graphic and industrial design. His best personal designs are made with Legos, and it's for this reason that Brent confines his own public creative work to wordsmithing. When he isn't writing, he hosts an art and design podcast called Beer & Tall Buildings.
Brent lives in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles with his cat Buster. If you can't reach him by phone or email, he's most likely on a mountaintop somewhere and promises to call you back as soon as he descends.
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