Some decamped to dining tables. Others converted spare rooms to studies. In the immediate wake of the pandemic, remote work culture shifted inexorably, and with it, the landscape of home office design. With more and more companies adopting permanently flexible policies, it’s no surprise that designers are seeing an uptick in office updates. On deck? Spaces that foster productivity and focus, certainly—but also serenity and mood-boosting chic. Take a cue from these calming desks around the country.
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In Vero Beach, Florida, designer Kevin Dumais’ unconventional furniture configuration is twofold. First, it makes way for foot traffic between the room’s two entrances. Second, it sets the client up to take advantage of the resplendent views and shifting sunlight throughout the day. dumaisid.com
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With space at a premium in Brooklyn, designer Jenny Dina Kirschner added a petite “study” by backing a desk against the living room sofa. Behind, modular shelving reads as design statement while discreetly housing a printer and a variety of homework and office supplies. jdkinteriors.com
With restorative garden views for the taking, designer Bryan Yates aligned a Dallas, Texas, couple’s work areas along a single window wall. The decision has a reverse fishbowl effect: The elegantly minimal design can be conversely enjoyed from the outdoor entertaining areas. yatesdesygn.com