How to plan a home office devoted to design

2 November 2022

haller by usm

From the living room to the bedroom, here is the perfect office for a sophisticated home

A desk, first, but not only: a functional and complete office corner deserves careful planning. Especially if it is located inside the home, where the preferred place for the office area is the living room as well as the bedroom. Two rooms with a strong identity: the first is the space dedicated to hospitality, where elegance and comfort are the reference points in the choice of furniture. The second is the private temple of rest and requires visual order and aesthetic coherence between the elements. Therefore, inserting an office corner, in these rooms as well as in other areas of the house, requires care and attention. The goal is to create a visually coherent and elegant yet functional whole at the same time. An operation made possible thanks to the design that in recent years has oriented its research in this direction to respond to the widespread need to insert an office corner in different types of domestic contexts.

Create an office station with a refined design in different rooms of the house

Functionality and style are therefore the two aspects to focus on when one needs to organize a workstation in an interior. An operation that requires an overview, especially if the dedicated furnishings are placed in a context that already has its own composition and well-defined style. Desk, chairs, and any storage furniture such as bookcases or drawers must be practical and functional but absolutely consistent with the design already present where they will be placed.

Poliform SEATTLE
Seattle armchair by Poliform

The office corner in the living room: functional and well organized

The living room is one of the rooms of the house most devoted to hosting the office corner. It is an environment that is often shared with other members of the family which also hosts other functions. This is where the TV area is almost always located, as is the dining area in the case of an open space. The main difficulty is, therefore, to carve out a quiet area that can accommodate the furnishings essential to create a complete and functional office corner. In which a desk with a comfortable and possibly ergonomic chair will be essential, but also a storage unit that can accommodate documents and other work materials to keep everything in order easily.

dkr royal system
Royal System by dk3

Office area in the bedroom: versatile and tidy

A well-designed bedroom must work as a space for decompression and relaxation, in which be free from chores and devote yourself to physical and mental rest. The presence of a workstation can, therefore, represent a visual obstacle to all this, which is why it is important to choose for the desk as well as for the seat and any other furniture, a design that fits in discreetly and silently and helps to keep everything in order. At the same time, the opportunity to use the office station for other functions is also interesting, especially if professional use is not daily but only occasional. The desk can, for example, also serve as a dressing table or console.

Esu VItra
Esu by Vitra

A small corner with desk and pc in the living room

Discretion is the key word for the inclusion of an office station in an elegant living room. The living room is devoted to hospitality, furnished with attention to comfort but also, very much, to style. To the living room we ask to be always flawless and the furnishings that will be chosen for the office corner must follow the same principle. The office function must never prevail over the overall context, which is why it is advisable to choose materials that fit smoothly into the overall style.

Eclipse Menu
Eclipse desk by Menu

A functional work station in a passageway

Sometimes an office corner allows you to enhance a passage area or an unused corner of the house. Often just look around to discover, for example, a clear portion of the wall that can accommodate a modular structure with desk and shelves: essential but perfect if you need, perhaps occasionally, to concentrate on a work session.

The entrance that turns into an office corner

Is it possible to have an office area in the entrance? In this case, contemporary design is a precious help. In fact, there are modular and extremely versatile furnishings that can be configured starting from the space available in the entrance area and intended for different functions. And therefore, a desk element can work both for work and, at a different time, as a support for a pocket emptier. Just as the shelves can accommodate books alternating with decorative elements, so as not to make the office function prevail and still make the entrance elegant and welcoming.

Oblique Flos
Oblique lamp by Flos

The slim desk for the corridor

The corridor is architecturally narrow and long by nature and yet, even here, it is possible to identify the furnishing elements suitable for creating an office area. Moreover, it is one of those cases in which the intervention offers the possibility of enhancing and experiencing a passage area. Ideal in this case are the consoles that also act as desks, with a reduced depth but completely sufficient for working on the computer.

Compass Vitra
Compass lamp by Vitra

Retractable – or almost – station

In general, when you intend to put an office corner in a passage area, a valid choice is to opt for “retractable” workstations. A few examples? A wall-mounted, resealable desk is ideal for occasional work sessions. It allows you to have a perfectly functional but also extremely discreet support surface. Also very interesting is the opportunity offered by a wall unit with an officecorner, with a discreet bookcase: a piece of furniture with a neutral profile that can blend into the context until it almost disappears.

Pier by Hay
Pier system di Hay

The ideal furnishings that combine concentration and refined design

Furnishing a work area is not only a question of style, of course, but also of functionality. The goal is to promote concentration and productivity to work effectively and quickly, but also to let ideas flow and imagine new projects. In the search for furnishings, you can choose two paths: focus on refined projects that almost disappear in the context or have fun inserting iconic elements with a disruptive formal profile. The right design, through furnishings designed and produced with qualities that blend style and functionality, is therefore an excellent starting point. Here are some precious examples for the basics: desk, seat, and light.

type 75 angelpoise
 Type 75 lamp by Anglepoise

The Secretello desk by Michele De Lucchi for Molteni & C.

Transparent and sculptural, Secretello is much more than a desk: Michele De Lucchi, with his creative flair, overturns the concept of secretaire by replacing mystery with transparency. The structure consists of an essential oak wood frame that integrates tempered glass plates. When closed, it appears as a discreet living room display cabinet, when open, it offers a convenient support surface and a louvered panel useful for filing documents. It is the best choice for those who, in setting up an office area, want to take the opportunity to introduce an iconic piece, one of a kind, which stands out for its formal research but at the same time does not dominate the other furnishing elements. already present.

Secretello Molteni

The Vipp452 chair

When choosing the seat, as well as any other office furniture to be placed in a domestic context, it is essential to reconcile comfort and back support with the style of an elegant interior. In this perspective, the Vipp 452 seat is very interesting, as it was designed specifically for the home office configuration. It can be with or without wheels and the structure comes in a metallic or painted finish. The chair is comfortable and perfect for long work sessions, but not having a too technical aspect it fits easily into a sophisticated domestic context.


The Tizio lamp by Richard Sapper for Artemide

Although the work is carried out mainly on the computer, the desk light is still essential, especially in the winter months, when you find yourself working even more often, after sunset. The German designer Richard Sapper designed the Tizio lamp in 1972: smart working was a still unknown concept and the idea of ​​having a computer in every home seemed like science fiction. Yet, Tizio is a lamp in perfect balance between function and style and today, after fifty years, it lends itself to shedding light on the office station at home, effectively and with an iconic profile.

Tizio Artemide
Vitra Compas Direction
Vitra Compas Direction
DK3 Royal System
Menu The Eclipse Desk
Menu The Eclipse Desk
Vitra ESU
Flos Oblique Lamp
Hay Pier System
Poliform Seattle
Molteni & C. Secretello Desk
String String Modular Bookshelf
Artemide Tizio 35
Anglepoise Type 75 Mini
USM Haller
Vipp Vipp452
Varier Variable

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