The Wallpaper* study: functional designs to enhance your home office
Discover our work from home classics, from the best illuminating tools to productivity-boosting practical furniture that looks great, too. Step into the W* House home office
Name: Akira bureau
Designer: Mathias Hahn, for Schönbuch
Price: from €2,950
The Akira home office desk by Mathias Hahn for Schönbuch is a bold piece of furniture that is both a functional workstation and peaceful retreat. The compact surface can be extended to maximise deskspace, and the bureau includes storage compartments that can fit a laptop and notebooks, as well as a smaller case to fit pens and other smaller items. The desk is a sculptural statement piece whose elegant design is enhanced by the rich palette of matt painted finishes, which can also be customised to create bold, contrasting colour compositions.
Name: Vipp Chair
Price: from £779
Danish furniture company Vipp unveiled a new model of its classic chair. Featuring a new polished aluminium frame, sand-coloured leather upholstery and a swivel option, the Vipp Chair returns with a new look ready for the home office. ‘The combination of polished aluminium and leather in a nude colour offers a raw aesthetic expression with a nod to our long history of using pure and genuine materials in our product designs,’ comments Morten Bo Jensen, Vipp’s Chief Designer.
Name: Revolving Cabinet
Designer: Shiro Kuramata for Cappellini, available from Wallpaper*STORE
Light and innovative, Shiro Kuramata's 'Revolving Cabinet' for Cappellini is equal parts functional office storage and a sculptural addition to your home study. Cut from a striking glossy red acrylic plastic material, the unit features a series of 20 revolving drawers around a central metal stand for a memorable and effective storage solution for your home office.
Name: ‘Travel' desk set
Designer: Pineider, available from Wallpaper*STORE
Ideal for a flexible home workstation, Pineider's 1949 collection brings together a series of timeless desk accessories where lightness and functionality feature as key principles. Encompassing 14 nibs, a dip pen, a black ink well, a leather notebook, 14 black pencils, 25 Pineider plain, format 9 deckle-edged water-cut cards, 25 sheets of laid, Pineider watermarked, deckle-edged water cut A4 writing paper, 25 sheets of laid, Pineider watermarked, deckle-edged water cut writing A5 paper, and blind embossed Pineider envelopes, the set features all the components needed for a healthy and practical desk. Covered in smooth black calfskin and constructed with a cherrywood frame, the box is accented with exclusive chrome details for a high quality finish.
Name: ‘Fred' desk
Designer: Roberto Lazzeroni, for Poltrona Frau, available from Wallpaper*STORE
Step up your home office game with this classically sleek desk. Dominated by a visually pleasing continuous saddle leather surface, Roberto Lazzeroni's ‘Fred' desk for Poltrona Frau presents a new play on geometries. Graphic decoration, introduced by way of delicate hand-produced incisions and cold markings, introduces a touch of complexity to this otherwise clean and simple desk that makes an ideal companion for the brand's ‘Ginger' chair in office spaces. Composed from a solid ash base and a curved single piece of 4mm-thick saddle leather, ‘Fred' is completed with a soft-closing drawer and metal accessories with a gunmetal grey galvanic treatment and protective varnish.
Name: ‘Grand Slam’ chair
Designer: Alex Gufler, for TON
Part of a new collection created for Czech bentwood furniture specialist TON, Alex Gufler’s ‘Grand Slam’ chair is a showcase of the company’s art. With a bent-plywood backrest and a cleverly curved plywood seat on a beech base, the chair is also conveniently stackable and so takes up little space even if you have a few. If you can’t choose between the options – sober as well as pastel hues, with or without varying degrees of upholstery – order a pile.
Name: ‘w203 ilumina’ light
Designer: Ilse Crawford, for Wästberg
Price: from £505
Ilse Crawford’s irresistible new take on the classic library lamp for Swedish lighting specialist Wästberg is perfect for our study. The simple, mushroom-like shade reflects light from the hidden LED source downwards, for effective but subtle illumination of the work surface. A dimmer function allows users to set a more ambient glow. The lamp, a neat 30.5cm tall, is available in solid high-gloss copper, brushed aluminium (pictured), and a soft white finish.
Name: ‘Terrazzo’ desk
Designer: Nicola Bonriposi, for Potocco
Known for combining creative innovation with artisanal tradition, Italian furniture company Potocco has worked with designer Nicola Bonriposi to realise this new desk. Characterised by a delicate silhouette and refined details, ‘Terrazzo’ is an ode to minimalism and elegance. The slender metal structure is all restraint, while a leather desktop adds a luxurious touch, and an upright back partly encloses the workspace and keeps stationery from falling off. Touches of burnished brass complete the design.
Name: ‘Aaron’ stool
Designer: Pio&TitoToso, for Lapalma
Price: on request
Inspired by the desire to make life easier, the architect-and-designer brothers behind Italian studio Pio&TitoToso have created this multitasking stool that balances comfort and functionality. As well as a pared-back pew, it provides users with a convenient side table. Just the job for visitors dropping by the home office. Available in two sizes, the metal stool is finished with leather upholstery.
Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.
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