Best Work From Home Ideas: Wallpaper* Design Awards 2021

Home working is here to stay: create the ultimate work from home set up with contemporary office furniture, lighting, technology and accessories selected for the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2021

A colourful illustration of an upper level workspace with stairs, two chairs and a desk by Leonie Bos
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Dark coloured ‘Gullwing’ desk with contrasting legs against a light coloured background with various sculptures on top and beside it

‘Gullwing’ table, from €3,267, by Gabriele and Oscar Buratti, for Lema

(Image credit: Lema)

When looking for a fine desk for your home office, we suggest Gabriele & Oscar Buratti’s sculptural ‘Gullwing’ table for Lema. The result of the designers' extensive technical research, the final piece combines effortless simplicity with a perfectly-executed structure that allows for a play of lights and shadows and is available in several material combinations.

Sørensen Leather

Light leather and satin-polished steel ‘Landscape' desk with thin drawer against a light coloured background

‘Landscape’ table, DKK95,000 (€12,761), by David Thulstrup and Sørensen Leather

(Image credit: Sørensen Leather)

Danish designer David Thulstrup’s versatile ‘Landscape’ desk in satin-polished steel is a dining table at first glance, topped with ultra-smooth, ultra-comforting Sørensen leather and comes with a discreet drawer to store your notebooks and electronics.


Samsung Galaxy Book S laptop on a white surface against a blurred background

‘Galaxy Book S’ laptop, £999, by Samsung

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In our home office, there is ample space for the latest technology, such as Samsung’s slimline Galaxy Book S: a beautifully designed laptop with epic battery life. The first 'mobile PC' from the Galaxy brand, it combines the lightness and portability of a smaller device with the power and features of a computer. It includes a touch screen, slim USB-C charging port and software that keeps all your devices connected.


Six Apple iPad Air tablets in white, grey and pastel colours and an Apple Pencil against a light coloured background

iPad Air, from £579; Magic Keyboard, £299; Apple Pencil, £119, all by Apple

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iPad Air is Apple’s latest all-screen tablet, a powerful piece of tech filled with creative solutions. Featuring an all-screen design with 10.9‑inch Liquid Retina display, the iPad Air is available in a selection of pastel shades and can be combined with the Apple Pencil so you can create on the go.


Light grey pebble-shaped ‘Acoustic Sculpture’ speaker on a wooden plinth with lake in the background

‘Acoustic Sculpture’ speaker, £2,700, by Transparent

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Connect your devices to Transparent’s pebbled-shaped ‘Acoustic Sculpture’ speaker, a design which is 3D-printed in starch-based resin and covered in plaster before being sanded down by hand. Its clear, crisp sound should help you find inspiration.


Colourful Lavazza Calendar for 2021 featuring diverse people

‘The New Humanity’ calendar, £27, by Armando Testa, for Lavazza

(Image credit: Lavazza)

Add some colour and visual inspiration to your home office with Lavazza’s 2021 calendar, a photographic treat exploring the theme of 'The New Humanity' in collaboration with international photographers such as Steve McCurry, David LaChapelle, Toiletpaper and Christy Lee Rogers (pictured above). A true visual feast.

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Roll-on Focus and Concentration oil by Anatomē against a light coloured background

Focus + Concentration Oil blend roller ball, £22, by Anatome

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If you need an extra boost, we also recommend Anatomē’s Focus + Concentration oil, an invigorating blend of 25 essential oils (including Indian ginger, frankincense and cinnamon) to clarify your thoughts.


Silver ‘Sculpture’ pen by Hieronymus against a light coloured background

Silk notebooks, from CH120 (€111) each; ‘Sculpture’ pen in silver, CHF2,800 (€2,595), all by Hieronymus

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Hieronymus’ luxurious stationery, including its elegant silver pen and silk notebooks, are our preferred tool to jot down some notes when you can step away from the screen.

Established & Sons

Citrus coloured 'Lucio’ lounge chair and side table against a grey wall by a window

‘Lucio’ chair, from £1,620, by Sebastian Wrong, for Established & Sons

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Of course, a good home office is all about sitting comfortably. Try Sebastian Wrong’s ‘Lucio’ lounge chair ultra-comfortable and generously sized, it also comes with a side table that pivots for ad-hoc working.


Red ‘Romby’ chair with wooden cone-shaped stand against a light coloured background

‘Romby’ chair, price on request, by GamFratesi, for Porro

(Image credit: Porro)

Add comfort to your study with the Romby chair designed by GamFratesi for Italian furniture specialist Porro. A perfectly balanced swivelling chair that will help you through those endless Zoom meetings.


White 'w203 Ilumina’ light on a wooden surface with books and a plant against a light coloured background

‘w203 Ilumina’ light, from €500, by Ilse Crawford, for Wästberg

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There is no great workspace without great lighting. Ilse Crawford’s dimmable ‘w203 Ilumina’ offers warm and directed light, with no visible light source to distract the eye.

Tobias Grau

‘Team Suspension’ strip pendant light hanging above a white table with pens, paper and a glass mug against a grey background

‘Team Suspension’ light, price on request, by Tobias Grau

(Image credit: Tobias Grau)

To boost productivity, the best pendant lamp for the job in our opinion is Tobias Grau’s Team Suspension light, which features innovative beam lens technology that allows users to adapt its intensity and glow.

Léa Teuscher is a Sub-Editor at Wallpaper*. A former travel writer and production editor, she joined the magazine over a decade ago, and has been sprucing up copy and attempting to write clever headlines ever since. Having spent her childhood hopping between continents and cultures, she’s a fan of all things travel, art and architecture. She has written three Wallpaper* City Guides on Geneva, Strasbourg and Basel.