Since lockdown and restrincions came into our lives, people forced to remote working have enormously increased. Some bound by government action, others by choice while many others have seen fit to adapt their profession or projects to the new trend. Precicely their places have become a space to be reconverted.
Shortly, with the definitive affirmation of remote working, many have begun to rethink their homes based on this change in habits. Having an office or even a small shop at home is a trend again.
To create it, of course, it is necessary to have adequate spaces and, therefore, to understand what activity we are talking about. It will be difficult, for example, to adapt a small one-person stuidio-flat to certain needs. But maybe a loft is well suited to a photographer or an artist. A semi-independent house or a house with entrance from the street can become a small shop or “show-room”.
And, for the classic office, an apartment is still suitable. Under certain conditions: the “open to the public” space should be close to the front door, away from the bedrooms and the kitchen, possibly equipped with a window, an accessible bathroom and a small closet or coat rack. An apartment with a corridor or an entrance that does not immediately go to the rooms would be ideal to give the perception of separate spaces and protect the privacy of the house. The furniture, of course, must be professional and, at the same time, not clash too much with the context.
Especially if you live with your family, it will be important to install windows and doors capable of isolating the environment from external and internal noise. Since we will be using this space for most of our day, it will be very important to minimize the energy impact and maximize the environmental comfort.
Finally, it will be essential to plan our needs: desks, archives, monitors, chairs, bookcases, shelves, machinery, any decoration, measurements and arrangement of the different elements. Only after we are clear about everything we need in detail and what we want, we can proceed with the choice of style, in a spirit of continuity with the rest.
In Portobellostreet.es we have some examples. 1. The first is an Osaka Nordic style office, clearly minimalist, characterized by the presence of two workstations. Few distractions, soft colors, natural light, modular bookcases, wood and glass desk. A simple and elegant solution that adapts well to different types of environments.
2. Classic, almost timeless, suitable for more formal settings, it is the South African colonial style office. The furniture in this case aims to express he idea of professionalism and experience in a style typical of the more traditional professions.
3. In the third example, the style is certainly vintage, but the mood and colors are deliberately more casual. In this case, the desk and the bookcase coexist in a space with a definitely private dimension. But these three elements would certainly be good to furnish an office with a vivid color, in a pleasant mix of past and present, styles and colors.
4. Vintage but with a completely different style is the office designed by “Coleccion Alexandra”. Black and white predominates, for a perfect combination with some variations of contemporary styles. The personalization of the spaces transmits character, determination and almost aggressive strength. Ideal for ambitious people, who always look to the future as a possibility.
5. Even the “Colonial Spartan” in our fifth example is inspired by classical forms but leans towards the “minimal” and therefore fits very well with contemporary style. Unlike the pure minimal, there is more attention to detail in the decorations: the space is certainly easier to personalize.