David and Jo-Nell's home office is a great example of using color and artwork to warm up basic modern furnishings. A graphic designer and photographer, respectively, they have a joint workspace that reflects their clean, well curated aesthetic. If you're shopping for a similar look, we've rounded up some good sources.
Basic Contemporary Desk
- IKEA: David and Jo-Nell use two matching desks to create a long work counter. For a similar look, try the Jonas Desk with Pull-Out Panel at IKEA. It's inexpensive at $129, and the look is streamlined and simple. For more double-desk inspiration, you can also check out this post.
- CB2: There are lots of places to find inexpensive file cabinets, including IKEA and West Elm, but we like CB2's powdercoated metal file cabinet ($150). It's simple and made from durable steel, and it comes in white, gray, or red.
- West Elm: Basic wall shelves like the ones shown above aren't hard to find at chain stores like West Elm, Pottery Barn, or IKEA. This is the Paxton Wall Shelf, $49 - $69, from West Elm. For more good wall shelf options, see this post.
- Modernica: You can find vintage versions of David and Jo-Nell's upholstered shell chairs on eBay or craiglist, but if you're looking for something specific, LA- based Modernica can mix and match colors and bases for you. This is their standard Rolling Arm Chair for $399.
- IKEA: Their Antifoni Work Lamp ($30) is a popular budget task lamp. It has a halogen bulb, steel frame, aluminum reflector, and plastic joints, and it's available in silver or black. If you're looking for similar styles on the higher end, see this post.
- Benjamin Moore: Their Aura (low-VOC) and Natura (no-VOC) lines are popular options that have little-to-no odor and off-gassing. Both types of paint are available in almost any Benjamin Moore color. Try "Forest Hills Green" for a warm sage color, and "Soft Marigold" for a yellowish ochre.
- Lite Brite Neon: For really good deals, scout craiglist, thrift shops, and antique stores for illuminated signage, but if you have an idea for a custom piece, go to Brooklyn-based Lite Brite Neon. They specialize in custom-made neon and bulb signage, and they work with designers on a regular basis.
Other Relevant Resources
- Post 27: David and Jo-Nell list this Chicago store as one of their favorites. The store carries a mix of vintage pieces and unique new items, like this handcrafted Color Story Credenza, $2,400. We especially like their selection of artwork and accessories.
- Salvage One: Another good Chicago shop on David and Jo-Nell's source list, Salvage One has a warehouse full of architectural artifacts and vintage furniture. This Swivel Desk Chair is currently available there for $575. They also have a good selection of vintage industrial furnishings, like desks and file cabinets.
- Design Within Reach: For licensed reproductions of mid-century modern pieces, as well as contemporary designer items, DWR is a consistently well-stocked resource. Shop here for modern tables, chairs, and lighting. This is the Tolomeo Desk Lamp for $395.
To see the full tour of David and Jo-Nell's loft, click here.
Photo: Evan Thomas