Name: Parasol Island
Location: Dusseldorf, Germany
The offices of German interactive agency, Parasol Island are a sterling example of the term, "creative work space". Ornate Old World exterior and interior architectural features thick with patina are left intact, contrasted with an assortment of modern decorative, furnishing, and technological elements throughout, advertising their cheeky brand of humor and impeccable eye for design...
Although most of us won't be able to furnish our home offices so thoroughly and in such impressive manner as Pasasol Island
, there's a lot of inspiration to be had well within the grasp of almost any budget. Quick notes walking through the offices to bring into your own home/home office:
Wall mount your TV to reduce clutter. If you own, rather than rent, consider running the cables inside the wall like this. If not, you can still disguise the mess using a $17 TV cord cover kit.
Line up your lighting.
If you've got a long narrow room with high ceilings, considering grouping lighting in multiples in the direction of the room. This type of placement draws the eyes upward, accentuating the length of the room, rather than the narrow dimensions. Some affordable paper lanterns work marvelously.
Soften up the acoustics. Note the decorative panels mounted onto the walls. These are likely not just decorative, but also could be used for acoustic reasons. Hard surfaces create harsh sounds, so even adding canvas wall art can make a big difference in softening the acoustics of any rooms.
Work face to face.
Share a home office? Using a wide depth table instead of a traditional desk allows two people to work face to face, rather than side by side or across the room from one another. This solution is beneficial because talking to one another is easier (alongside making eye contact), and also directs any outgoing music/audio from computers away from your fellow officemate. Additionally, instead of pushing desks into the corners of a room, a more interesting middle of the room layout can be setup (or just against one wall if you've got a smaller office).
Use yard sale finds of old tech as accent pieces.
Here's a good example of a real world home office utilizing the face-to-face setup.
Old photographic equipment (you can even pull out your Apple Quicktake), retro TVs, toy collection
, or in this case, a ghetto blaster, can make an interesting focal point even if you're home furnishings are neutral/bland.
[via Office Snapshots]