Even when Covid-19 seems like a distant memory (just imagine that for a moment), it’s safe to assume that many of us will still be spending the majority of our time working at home. If this is the new normal, it’s time we all stepped up our style game – clearing the debris from the dining table isn’t going to cut it anymore.
Thanks to clever office ideas that suit small homes, there is always a way to carve out a dedicated space for work. And, once you have this study, office or corner to call your own, it’s time to make it look the part. Here, we have compiled an edit of the most stylish investment pieces and quick buys that will ensure your Zoom background always makes the right impression. From cool office chairs to statement lamps and even the best desk accessories.
Designed by Form Us With Love for lighting brand Ateljé Lyktan, the ‘Pluggie’ table lamp is dimmable, portable and has two USB ports to charge devices from, making it an ideal desk companion. £129, ateljelyktan.se/en
Even the most high-powered business minded individuals need a space to unwind. Do so in complete luxury in this ‘Grand Relax’ BY Antonio Citterio fro Vitra, available in a choice of eight upholstery fabrics and four types of metal base. From £7,790, aram.co.uk
This iconic lamp was designed in 1931 by Christian Dell of the Bauhaus school and is now deemed a design classic. Place it in view during meetings, so people know you have true design credentials. £560, fritzhansen.com
Hip east London-based clothiers LF Markey, known for its chic utilitarian garments, has applied its winning aesthetic to this sunny pencil case that will brighten up even the most dull work day. £12, lfmarkey.com
Open storage is ideal for when you need to keep everything to hand, or can be used as a chic way to demarcate office space within an open-plan home. This example is the result of a stylish collaboration between Moroso and lifestyle brand Diesel. Price on application, moroso.it
Often it’s the little things that make a difference, like these cute desk essentials designed by Micheal Sodeau for Hay. Practical items with a playful edge, they will liven up long desk-bound afternoons. From £14, hay.dk
This extremely elegant desk by David Lopez Quincoces has sleek lines that will hopefully encourage you to compose elegantly written emails. £4,240, livingdivani.it
Muuto’s ‘Story’ pinboard is an organiser and a creative canvas all in one. From notes and to-do lists to favourite photos, it allows you to change up your deskscape in an instant – providing inspiration and a handy outlet for procrastination. £59, finnishdesignshop.com
Made in Portugal by De La Espada and available at Heal’s, this desk designed by Matthew Hilton is available in a choice of walnut or oak. Its pointed legs elegantly reference the furniture styles of the mid-century. £3,876, heals.com
Never forget a scheduled Zoom call with this productivity planner. Fill up with to-do lists, meal planners and goals – it's usefully undated so you can begin whenever you like. £12.99, papier.com
Every home office needs an upholstered occasional chair for quiet contemplation when you've got a case of writer's block or are in need of a tea break. This one by Roberto Lazzeroni is a timeless choice. £2,500, lemamobili.com
Vipp’s first-ever chair design, the ‘Vipp Chair’, has been updated with a new swivel base and castors, rendering it a stylish, practical and comfortable option suitable for any home office. From £839, vipp.com
Encourage 10 minutes of mindfulness during your workday with this modern interpretation of an hour glass by Pols Potten – available at The Conran Shop. The sand in classic Yves Klein blue is a chic touch. £20, theconranshop.co.uk
This handmade height-adjustable desk by Tom Parfitt for Benchmark proves the practical can be beautiful. It has a central sit-stand mechanism that allows you to control its height. The stand also neatly conceals unsightly cables. £1,495, benchmarkfurniture.com
Get organised and store your everyday stationery essentials in this neat tool box. A tidy space creates a tidy mind after all. £82.50, presentandcorrect.com
For the home office that has everything, this leather organiser from Hermès is a handbag for your paperwork. Made with bull-calf and goatskin, its is stitched together by hand in the same manner as the fashion house’s iconic ‘Kelly’ bag. £11,500, hermes.com
Newly launched UK-based Fuzl Studio makes sustainable, high-quality flat-pack furniture that’s designed to be assembled without tools, glue or fuss. The modular ‘Totem’ birch plywood storage system comes in a range of wide or narrow sizes, so can squeeze into the smallest of office spaces. From £995, fuzl.co
Invest in new mugs and you can imagine you’re sat in a stylish café rather than your own kitchen. These sepia-toned glass mugs come in two sizes, and there is even a matching walnut tray with room for biscuits. £19.50 each, kinto-europe.com
This is a reinterpretation of the traditional swing-arm table lamp by Vincent Van Duysen. Rather than having to direct the light yourself, the ‘Oblique’ produces a controllable and powerful asymmetric beam at the push of a button. From £305, flos.com
No room for a dedicated desk? Very Good & Proper’s ‘Live/Work’ table has a tactile oak top and a hollow leg to hide wires. Team with the brand’s stylish laptop stand and you can go from dinner party to work meeting in an instant. Table, from £1,295; laptop riser, £95, verygoodandproper.co.uk
Danish practice Studio David Thulstrup has teamed up with Sørensen Leather to create a capsule collection of limited-edition designs that blur the boundaries between living and working. The ‘Landscape’ divider can be closed to hide its work-related contents at the end of the day. Approx £12,443, studiodavidthulstrup.com
Even the most devoutly digital of us will inevitably accumulate some paperwork, so keep it in good order with The Conran Shop’s elegant solid-walnut ‘Stacked Tray’. Stationery addicts, take note – there’s also a coordinating pencil case and caddy. £115, conranshop.com
Mean business with this glamorously retro glass desk. The ‘President Junior’ was actually designed in 1971 but its 1970s-style aesthetic still looks brilliantly contemporary today. It’s the perfect example of power dressing for your home office. From £1,800, gallottiandradice.it
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