The king of sofas
The Chesterfield sofa is an inimitable classic, but for many years it was constrained to dad’s home office and high-end cigar bars. Not anymore. If your office needs a touch of vintage elegance, the Chesterfield’s sturdy, rolled arms and button-studded leather are just what the doctor ordered, and many designers are turning to this beast of a sofa to elevate modern offices to contemporary heritage spaces. It’s like having Sean Connery in your office all day.
Black and white
Whether you’re adopting monochrome as the main colour scheme or simply looking for a way to add a stylish touch to your office by incorporating black and white accents, it’s an incredibly chic way to transform your office. Use white to give your office a crisp finish and balance out a large number of black furniture pieces, or incorporate a statement piece with a bold black-and-white print for a sleek 70s touch that’s been updated for the modern workspace.
A good deal of the work that happens in modern offices is intangible, and very little of it is manual, but designers are bringing the aesthetics associated with a carpenter’s or artisan’s workshop to the modern office space in order to create an authentic and creative atmosphere. From inexpensive wood panelling via reclaimed wood or strand board, to dressed-up rustic touches with colourful finishes, old materials are finding a new life and giving present-day spaces a new dimension.
Shades of sunshine
Yellow can be lively, urgent and inspiring, or soft, gentle and easy on the eyes. Whichever shade you choose, a citrusy feature wall, a cleverly-placed accent or a bright set of chairs against a neutral background will give your office a burst of vibrant energy that makes a clear statement and is just the ticket for keeping the drowsiness at bay during those long summer afternoons.
Taking their cue from tailors, designers have found that an innovative and visually exciting way to bring a space together is by using brightly-coloured strands of rope. Utilising them in conjunction with other materials such as wood or concrete will help you work around the problem of feeling like you’re trapped in a large ball of yarn. These sturdy ropes can be used as a contemporary alternative to transparent partitions, a complement to traditional wooden ceiling beams or even as staircase balustrades.