The core goal at Apartment Therapy, Unplggd, and all the other sister sites is really to inspire our readers and provide tips and suggestions for how to make their own space, life, and (in our case) tech, better. Sometimes that comes in the form of our large scale roundups that can give you a barrage of ideas which fall under a general theme such as wall mounted desks for tight spaces, multi-functional media cabinets, or even ways to create a more minimalist space. Other times, however, we believe it is good to take a single room and carefully articulate why it just works. Today we're going to look at this small office that could easily be pulled off on a budget.
The Desk & Chair
The first thing that strikes us about this home office is the simplicity of the furniture and the mixture of styles. The Burke side chair is an excellent, much cheaper alternative to the Eero Saarinen Tulip Chair. The curved back and padded seat make it comfortable for long periods of use which makes it a nice alternative for someone who wouldn't like using a task chair in their space. We find a lot of these cropping up in our local Craigslist classifieds so it might be beneficial to keep an eye out for one there or at a flea market. The table is another vintage gem; it is a shaker style, which always seems to blend well with a modern décor yet retains a distinctly aged presence. The single drawer would fit all your pens, notebooks, and other knickknacks but it isn't so big as to invite needless clutter.
The Wall Décor
The focal point of the wall is clearly Vitra's Uten Silo wall shelf. Although we love the unique character it brings to the room, something similar could be had for much less if you're looking to store a bunch of your items in close reach. We made a nice roundup of wall shelves in the past. The collection of framed pictures is mismatched, erratically hung, and obviously personal. Although the "messy" look doesn't work for everyone, we believe it can be endearing and casual. The bookshelf, although a beauty, is the only thing we would change in the space. It should be lowered to improve accessibility especially when you're sitting in the chair.
Overall, the mood is very casual, relaxed, and inviting. The restrained color scheme is unobtrusive and allows you to think in peace while at work. We love the personal items strewn about such as the art, cameras, and even the bass. Any musician can attest to the power of picking up their instrument for a few minutes in-between work to calm the nerves. A lot of times we can come off proclaiming that hiding the wires and organizing things in drawers is the only way to achieve a successful workspace. Things can be a bit messy and a lot less timid if you want them to be. It just takes an eye for judging how to do it right.
[Image via Vitra's@Home series (and taken by Christoph Ruppli) ]