Interior Design: Offices – GUEST BLOG

Hello, everyone! I’m so excited to be here with you at GDI to share a guest post from Arcadian Home blog, a great place to find lots of interior design inspiration including clever decorating ideas for everything from fabulous folding screens to colorful wall art and much more.

Today, we’re going to take a visual tour of eight of my favorite workspaces. From tiny corners to sweeping curved multi-level spaces, they all have one thing in common—they represent some of the best in happy places to work. Please enjoy!

Thanks for letting me stop by to visit for awhile!

~ Mari

Happy Workspace

Brick wall, painted wood floor, a long beautiful but sturdy desk of reclaimed wood and really cool black chairs—what more does a happy workspace require? Perhaps a really great modern pendant light. Isn’t it beautiful?

Happy Workspace

Designer Brad Ford has created a stunning home office in one corner of his New York apartment. Each piece used in the space is interesting and exceptional in its own way. From the lamp to the desk and framed artwork, all contribute to this happy workspace.

Happy Workspace

We love this totally contemporary home office. It’s definitely on our short list of happy workspaces. The erratic lines of the bookshelves give the design a light-hearted feel.

Happy Workspace

From the unexpected oversized art to the interesting desk design, this workspace has a great feel. The lights are stunning–both the contemporary floor lamps in black and the massive Jeremy Cole Aloe Blossom chandelier in creamy white.

Happy Workspace

What a happy home office this is! From the stunning view to the dramatic architecture, it’s perfect in every way.

Happy Workspace

As we’ve already seen, happy workspaces come in all sorts of styles. This lovely vintage room is a wonderful collection of treasured furnishings. A great example of the phrase “happiness is being surrounded by the things you love.”

Happy Workspace

This amazing home office is set in a renovated cement factory. The building and grounds come together to form a beautifully unique living space.

Happy Workspace

I am captivated by this interior view of the offices of Vitra, yes, that Vitra–the iconic Swiss furniture company whose modern furniture has become synonymous with great design. To me, this looks like the ultimate happy workspace. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

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Design: It starts with an idea

We all know that a good idea needs to be nurtured to make it a great idea. It takes time, frustration, time, research, time, start again, time, research, time, frustration, time! And then you have it. A great design. And it works!

Great design can stem from the craziest idea. A flower, a shell, a can, a tent, a piece of wood, rust, a screwed up piece of paper… Then it takes time turning that into a workable, functional design. See https://globaldinteriors.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/cheeky-fact-burj-khalifa-dubai/

For example, I read yesterday an article about car design, below is a snippet:

Of course, the automotive world has moved on a bit in five decades. The present design director, Ian Callum, went through quite a few pencils to create the F-Type’s basic shape. Then he and his 40-strong team took four years and half a million computer drawings to bring the E-Type’s spiritual successor to production.

The result is a car made using Jaguar’s class-leading “architecture” that eschews heavy, rust-prone steel in favour of glued and riveted aluminium – 50 per cent of which is said to be recycled – to create a body that is the stiffest convertible in the Jaguar line-up, yet which weighs just 260kg.

I have always said, sketch 50 ideas, screw them up and sketch 50 more. The last 50 will always be much better !

Thanks

Kelly

When it rains, look for rainbows

Interior Design: Weird and Wonderful Desks

Would you like to sit at any of these to do your work?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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What’s your Most / Least favorite?

Thanks

Kelly

When it rains, look for rainbows

Images taken from: Zeospot.com, furnituredesign-joglosmart.blogspot.com, blog.shoplet.com, Google Images

Interior Design: Stand Up Desks

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Give Your Back a Break

The Stand-up desk:

Thomas Jefferson invented it and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld swears by it.

As we’ve all been told, sitting for hours at a time can wreak havoc on a person’s back, especially for individuals with existing back problems. Consider giving your back a break by using a stand-up desk, where you quite literally “stand up” while working. Many users claim this work method also makes them feel more alert and productive on-the-job. Desk stools are also available to be used in conjunction with these desks.

Many furniture suppliers offer these desks. Let me know if you would like help finding one for you!

Thanks

Kelly

When it rains, look for rainbows