Recently I left my full-time job at the world’s best food magazine, and am now working from home. My husband and I are debating whether or not we turn the guest room into an office—easy enough—or really go to town and convert the garage into a workspace, which would involve big-time construction. While we weigh the pros and cons, I’ve started thinking about office design. It’s no accident that Ana Wintour’s is so chic. Ditto for Mary Randolph Carter’s of Ralph Lauren (below). How could you not be inspired in one of these spaces?
To that end I’m relying on my surroundings to imbue creativity. I would kill to have the George Nelson Roll Top Desk that graced my office at the Los Angeles Times Magazine many moons ago (not to mention the Eames management guest chairs—it’s nuts that that stuff was just kicking around the newspaper).
In doing a little research, buying a vintage one is going to run anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000. Something tells me Santa Baby isn’t thinking I’ve been that good this year. I’m also in love with this George Nelson Rectangular Work Table, which is equally dreamy and offers plenty of work space.
I’m thinking it will look great with an antique dark red persian rug I appropriated from my parents years ago. When it comes to chairs, I’m really torn—by price more than anything else. Of course, the fantasy has always been the Eames Aluminum Management Chair in Powder Blue leather. It’s also so chic in tan.
Or, until that ship comes in, what about the Setu Chair, also from Herman Miller? Similar lines, ergonomic design and a third the price: