Eight ideas for the Home Office
by Daniel von Bernstorff | Oct 27, 2014
Tidy up: Sarah Böttger votes for a clean desk policy at home - and presents her concept at „Being Home 4+4“ exhibition at Orgatec. Photo © Sarah Böttger, Stylepark

In today’s world of work working from home is swiftly gaining currency. Having immersed themselves in the ins and outs of home office design, eight designers have presented their ideas at the “Being Home 4+4” exhibition curated by Stylepark at this year’s Orgatec (October 21-25). For the show, Stylepark nominated four established designers, each of whom got to name another designer whose work they cherish. Accordingly, Stefan Diez chose Hamburg design duo Marcel Besau and Eva Marguerre of Besau Marguerre, Sebastian Herkner nominated Sarah Böttger, while Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi of Gamfratesi selected London designers Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, also known as Raw Edges. Likewise on show were home office workplaces by Ineke Hans and Frankfurt-based product designer Olaf Schroeder. The exhibition was kindly supported by the electronic management specialist Evoline.

Working in a cocoon: GamFratesi change between table (“Rewrite” for Ligne Roset) and sofa (“Haiku” for Fredericia). Photo © Barbara Wildung, Stylepark

GamFratesi: „Around“

"Space and time for reflection is one of the most precious commodities. The function of the working desk is extremely crucial in a working environment, but so is the space for intimacy, concentration and storage. We aim to create an environment encompassing the actual working desk, suggesting a variety of situations and needs one has when working at home."

Room for ideas: Raw Edges from London prefer little tables for big thoughts. Photo © Barbara Wildung, Stylepark

Raw Edges: „Last Moment“

"Nowadays, we often work from home. As we are partners in work as well as life, the boundaries between home and work often blur – like, whenever we have to finish last minute projects, our living room simply becomes an extension of our studio. There is an ongoing discussion about working from home, with many available products designed to making a home office easier. Somehow, for us at least, the result always turns out quite messy."

New “New Order”: Stefan Diez adds to his well-known shelf-system for Hay a whole office system. Photo © Barbara Wildung, Stylepark

Stefan Diez: „The workers workroom“

"New Order Workspace Elements by Hay form a new alphabet with exceptional properties and provide an impressive versatility. If my apartment would be a 12 squaremeter room, it would probably look like this."

Playground or office? Ineke Hans is always good for surprises! Photo © Barbara Wildung, Stylepark

Ineke Hans: „Human touch & the clean desk“

"Although offices have changed dramatically over the last 20 years, the human touch has always been difficult to apprehend – especially with the creation of flexible workplaces for numerous employees. The „clean desk“ policy is another perpetual office-terror. The human touch seems to be a privilege reserved exclusively for the home-office."

Typically Besau Marguerre: Where the duo from Hamburg put hands on, there is color and emotion. Photo © Barbara Wildung, Stylepark

Besau Marguerre: „Freiräume“

"Any living space – the Kitchen, the balcony, or even the dining room – is a potential workspace. The best ideas are seldom conceived from the desk."

Industrial designer Olaf Schroeder from Frankfurt built up his ideal home-office of his “brick”system for manufacturer Pure Position/IWL. Photo © Barbara Wildung,Stylepark

Olaf Schroeder: „Parcours“

"To work means to constantly be on the move. To sit, to read. To stand, to build a model. To walk, to talk. The objects around us must adapt to this course of movement, with high or low built tables and modular furniture that can be configurated in a heartbeat – unrestrained by tools - depending on the circumstances and projects. When the ergonomics around us are vitalized, the act of thinking becomes vibrant."

Elegance from Offenbach: Germany young design talent Sebastian Herkner brings style to the home-office. Photo © Barbara Wildung, Stylepark

Sebastian Herkner: „Transit“

"Mobile and modular furnishing systems facilitate a flexible working structure that is adaptable to ever-changing situation."

Sarah Böttger home-office with her “Juuri” cans for Menu, “Woodware”-boxes and her carpet “Dune” (in cooperation with Hannah Emelie Ernsting) for a clean desk policy at home. Photo © Sarah Böttger, Stylepark

Sarah Böttger: "Parmi"

"The light and open construction creates a defined space-. Work and life permeate, but still there is room for concentration. A collection of analog instruments and private things encircle a quiet and comfortable area in the center of the room."