Offices That Feel Like Homes

There's usually a large divide between the way that workplaces are designed and the way we want to live at home, but we've found several examples that break from that pattern. The offices shown above offer lots of ideas for making a workplace more homey or making a home more work-friendly...

Using non-corporate furniture is key. You won't see any formica-topped conference tables or wall-to-wall file cabinets above. Instead, family-style dining tables and attractive wood shelving make these spaces feel more welcoming. Artwork is another important part of each office. Collections range from clustered paintings to maps plastered on the wall.

Ideas to implement at home include dining tables that can double as work surfaces, a good mix of overhead and task lighting to illuminate your work, and repurposing standard shelving (rather than file cabinets) to hold binders and work documents.

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Fashion Designers Shipley & Halmos' Office in New York
Architectural Firm Studio Gang's Office in Chicago
Design Agency Pride & Glory Interactive's Office in Kraków
Audio/Visual Firm Studio AV's Office in Bozeman, Montana
Gorgeous Production Company's Offices in London

Photos: Division Street, Steve Hall/Metropolis, This Ain't No Disco, Studio AV, Annabel Elston / Studioilse