By Todd Davis and Robert Brown, edited by Mikkel Hyldebrandt
Having lived almost a full year with the consequences of a global pandemic, our lives have changed significantly. One of the areas that has had the most profound change is how and where we work. Working from home has created a need for optimized spaces and has effectively blurred the lines between where we live and work.
There is no doubt that we have seen many people transition to working from home, and with that, the need to update their home and home office has arisen. In most cases, the demand is primarily functional, but a visual update to work and living space is also a trend when clients contact us.
Some clients still opt for the full home office, but many also choose to update the living space to accommodate someone working from home. So instead of a traditional desk, a dining table with added elements for storage and paperwork will be the optimal solution that merges where you live and work.
Still, a more traditional home office with a desk is how most clients prefer to work from home in style – and desks need very different functionalities than just a few years ago. For one, modern desks don’t need any way near the same capacity to store paper files, since most of the bill-paying and document-processing is done online these days. So instead of drawers upon drawers, most clients request some sort of paper filing solution. Other prominent features, which are actually often seamless and invisible, are plenty of hidden spots for chargers and wires and discreet stowing spaces for electronics and laptops, so they can all be cleared away after a day’s work.
This year, we have worked on full-fledged home offices and study libraries, while others prefer light workspaces. One thing that has unified all these projects is that everyone has acknowledged that their work/life balance has been challenged in the past year and that perhaps that isn’t such a bad thing once you adapt to it.
Simple Does It
A dedicated workspace corner in the living room creates enough of a distinction between work and leisure time. And when the workday is over, the soft materials still look cozy and like they are part of the living room space.
The Work on the Table
A dining room table is a perfect place to work from home – especially if you have run out of office space or simply want to be closer to the rest of the family! Here the dining table has been flanked by a discreet wall-mounted storage element for day-to-day paperwork.
The Study Hall
Most people would probably prefer always to work from home in a luxurious study with a personal library, complete with a comfortable and cozy seating area for those more informal meetings.
If you have space, a home office is ideal for you to separate your work from your leisure time. The door can stay open so you can connect to the rest of the family or closed for the important Zoom call.
Living for Work
Using a dining table in a living room setting can easily create a few more workspaces if needed.
The Modern Desk Edit
A home office will almost by default be defined by the desk. Here are some of our absolute favorites that differ widely in style depending on what kind of working space you need. One question we always ask ourselves when choosing a desk: will the desk be a bold centerpiece or rather a discreet but functional addition to the space?
Todd Davis and Rob Brown
GOLIATH’s Design & Living section is once again curated by the design masterminds Todd and Rob of Brown Davis Interiors. In this issue, they delve into how the work/life balance is being challenged, and the lines between work and living space are blurred as a result of an ongoing pandemic.