If you’re contemplating scaling up or sizing down, or simply working from home, smart design should be at the forefront of your plans. Why? Well, whether you’re running a one-man show or piloting an ever-expanding corporate headquarters, a comfortable workplace will enhance the work that’s produced there – and a welcoming office reflects a brand that’s ready for business. So if you’re kitting out a home office or an office that feels like home, here’s our round-up of the items you should employ.
This dainty adjustable side-table has enjoyed a surge in sales this year thanks to its flexibility. It’s equally useful as a spot on which to plop your laptop as you work from the sofa as it is a place to keep your coffee close while you pore over the papers.
With its workshop in a Lebanese mountain village, Kann Design is an increasingly global player in the contract-furniture market. Its elegant steel-and-timber pieces fit equally well in a commercial or a domestic setting. This storage unit adds a touch of refined taste to the books, objects and documents arranged atop and inside it.
A blazer hung for a few hours in this closet-like device is gently cleaned and steamed to remove all germs and bacteria. The result: a more hygienic office, ever-fresh employees and a true treat for sharp-looking staff members.
Ideal for impressing visiting clients
Your collection of wipeable, stackable and portable Plato chairs from UK designer Jasper Morrison can grow alongside your staff headcount. The powder-coated aluminium indoor-outdoor seats come in many colours too.
Ideal for spaces with a small footprint
The simple construction and cleverly angled metal legs of French mid-century designer Jean Prouvé’s 1953 Compas Direction desk have remained popular for almost 70 years. It’s produced by Vitra in a variety of finishes.
Designed by Copenhagen’s Cecilie Manz, this piece packs practicality and portability into one of 2020’s best furniture releases. It can serve as either a bench or a coffee table and, if space needs to be saved, it folds down quickly and easily.
Who says a whiteboard needs to be white? This Swedish take, with its light beige screen, is more canvas than notice board and is made from tempered low-iron glass with a solid-oak frame. We hope that the ideas you post on it are equally smart.
German furniture-maker Loehr is known for bringing both class and colour to the office through designs that don’t tend to date (or break) over the years. This practical tangerine-coloured side table will turn heads no matter your style of working environment.
An office dog can increase staff wellbeing while melting the heart of the steeliest visiting client. Such a prized pooch deserves the perfect spot to rest. This daybed, with its plush, beautifully upholstered cushion upon a modernist-style teak-hardwood base, is the best in show.
The minimalist D1 from German designer Stefan Diez stripped away all that was superfluous about the traditional desk chair and earned Wagner a raft of awards in the process.
With its zigzagging holding compartment and sturdy steel exterior, Kant is an ingenious stand for soggy brollies by Nigerian-born, Zürich-based Charles O Job.
The balanced proportions of this Japanese coatstand reference the Asian nation’s traditional kimono stands and make for a fine talking point as guests are welcomed to your workplace. For those home offices that are shooing away footwear, Kata has a platform that’s fit for shoe-storing purposes.
A well-stocked office library can inspire and entertain. This South Korean shelving system provides the perfect platform to build one with. Its oak and birch timber elements are cleverly joined, allowing space for go-to titles to be creatively displayed with their covers facing out, while multiple shelf sizes mean that books of all dimensions will look good here.
Many a good idea has been penned under the soft glow of the stylish Gubi Bestlite – an office favourite in the UK – which celebrated its 90th birthday this year.
Vipp, known for its uber-functional pedal bin, is establishing itself as an original player among Denmark’s furniture-makers. This table exemplifies the simple tone of its sturdy designs and is a fine platform for a cosy (but serious) home office.