If you're going to work at home, do it in style.
Home. Office. It can be hard to make a distinction between the two, but when we head home we still need a place to do our life laundry. Here’s our work station selection.
Swedish architects Claesson, Koivisto & Rune have designed this space-saving desk for Stockholm shop Asplund. Available in plain oak and white or dark stained oak.
The white-leather evangelists at Valextra have produced the perfect bound agenda to sit on your desk or slip inside your small-grained leather holdall.
Panasonic’s Lumix range just hit the big time with the LX2: 10.2 megapixels, 16:9 widescreen and Leica guts make this the only digi worth having in the €600 range.
The Monocle offices are home to Spanish luminaries Santa & Cole’s soft light solutions, so we thought we’d take some home.
Nespresso is the perfect mess-free office system. This Siemens capsule loader automatically measures espresso, lungo, macchiato and cappuccino shots.
DVD, hi-fi and telephone
We turn to RealFleet for our hardware Its teak DVD/CD player and desk phones pay homage to Dieter Rams’ work for Braun.
606 Universal Shelving System
A tidy office equates to a tidy mind and finding an intelligent, long-lasting shelving system is integral to keeping your affairs in order. Danish furniture dealer Niels Wiese Vitsœ founded his eponymous furniture line with German industrial designer Dieter Rams in 1959. Rams was working for the Braun brothers and in 1961 he became its head designer, but it allowed him this sideline with Vitsœ. In 1960 he created the 606 shelving system for the company (it was his sixth design in 1960, hence the name). His modular invention has become a modern classic; its bespoke concept allows the buyer to customise their space with shelves and cabinets with drawers or doors. If you buy the system in the UK, ask for Geof Howe – he’s a whizz with an alan key.
Mucu begins by handcrafting its papers and then hand-sewing the binding, and edging all its notepads with linen or alternatively binding them with wire. Each minimalist pad is then hand-stamped with the pad type, paper variety and specific layout dimensions.
Pens, pencils and files
It is no good scrimping on stationery, all good offices should be kitted out with quality instruments because it pays to take pride in your work. Our old friends at Craft Design Technology continue to produce exquisite pens, pencils, rulers, box files and folders for home, office or both.
Kids have it good in Switzerland. Novex produces the best-quality school furniture; so good that we at Monocle scoot around the office on these birch chairs – so much more comfortable than our old Aerons.
Ryuichi Kitamura’s office furniture solution, Seamless, combines good design and high quality to transform working overtime into a more pleasurable experience. The drawers of this white steel cabinet have oak handles to add warmth to a traditionally cold piece.