Wieden +Kennedy London: Located in the Old Truman Brewery in London’s Brick Lane area, the London office of advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy was designed to be a dynamic workspace. I like the flexibility of the space where furniture can be moved around easily to accommodate different purposes, whether for group work or individual brainstorm. You can also apply the same dynamic to your home office with furniture that is light and can be rearranged when needed. I find investing in items like the Belkin CushTop allows flexibility in moving and working on your laptop in any room in the house. W+K London’s office also utilizes small rooms for individual workspaces. Turning small closet spaces, bookshelves or nooks into workspaces at home achieves the same effect for a change in scenery from the stationary chair and desk setup.
AKQA: Located in San Francisco, AKQA’s headquarters exudes an aura of achievement with a lounge full of trophies and what seems like a walk of fame down the hall where their work is displayed like works of art. Instead of putting up works of art in your home office, you can create your own wall of fame at home. Try framing and displaying your work versus others, such as your best photos or a graphic design print to stay inspired.
Bad Assembly: There’s something about cube-like spaces that I can’t resist. Although a very simple space, Bad Assembly, a digital agency located in downtown Los Angeles gets my vote for great use of natural light. I love the square windows and grid-like structure; it’s simple and pairs well with the light wooden floors. When choosing which room to make a home office out of, try steering clear of areas like the basement or garage unless they have large windows. Picking a room or area that gets the most light in the house makes a big difference in the aesthetic of an office, no matter how small. Studiomates: Studiomates is a collaborative workspace, giving freelance designers, illustrators, writers and developers a place to gather and work. What I like best about this space is the simplicity of color. The entire studio is painted white but paired with red chairs to add a distinct pop of color to the environment. If your home office has white walls and tables, it helps to pick a color set of furniture to contrast against the white.
mono: All about simplicity, mono’s space in Minneapolis fits the brand like a sock. I love the reoccurring theme of blue they incorporate into different parts of their office, like the entrance door and the elevator. If you have a favorite color, you can try inserting furniture or small items into your home office to achieve a consistent color theme. Try picking one color for small items like a mouse pad, laptop case, or pencil holder for your home office to achieve the same effect.