Alphablog: W is for Workspaces

As I write this from an unusual workspace for me (a coffee shop in Plymouth’s city centre) it might seem ironic, but despite the bonuses of human interaction, the buzz of life and of course good coffee, it’s confirming how important my own workspace is to me.

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Having a place that is comfortable, inspiring, and familiar from which to conduct my business is important to me, as it is for many people. So much so that I recently moved my home office from a small box room into our much bigger spare room; custom building the desk and storage solutions to fit my needs and painting the room to give a bright and inspiring ambience – all to give myself the best possible environment in which to be creative and productive. Have a look here to see the process I went through.

It’s often the finishing touches that make a workspace really feel like home and I looked at inspiration from across the world when planning my ideal workspace. Here you can see ten of my favourites.

No. 10. The Library

The library
Something about this office space captivates me. It’s not to my normal taste (ie. more minimal, clean and sharp) and I’m convinced I couldn’t work on one of those old style fish-bowl screens but the huge amount of books and reference material, not to mention the lightbox table really appeal to me.

Via Lifehacker
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No. 9. The Green Talking Shelves

The Speech Bubbles
The office of Croatian designers Kreativa showcases a lovely piece of attention to detail that really gives a hint to their characters – custom built shelves based on speech bubbles, presumably to represent the act of communication. A lovely touch that brings quite an ordinary workspace to life (along with the paint job!)

Via Deskography
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No. 8. The All-White Workspace

Yummygum
The office space of Norwegian design firm Yummygum has everything I admire, stylistically, in an office. I have a feeling that it isn’t always this pristine but for the purposes of the photos it works a treat. My favourite element though is again based on attention to detail – the cable ports drilled into the desk are shaped to match the form of their logo. Lovely treat!

Via Lifehacker
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No. 7. The Garage Conversion

Garage conversions
I love the stylish grey/steel colourway and the spacious desk in this garage conversion. I also love that the owner has built in a ventilation system to allow him to enjoy a sneaky cigar in there every once in a while!

Via Lifehacker
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No. 6. The Custom Built Bunk/Desk

Bed/Desk
Desk/Bed detail
British web developer Joel Vardy really got to grips with his limitations and built a bespoke desk and bed combo that would allow him to make maximum use of his relatively small bedroom. I’ve got to say, the quality of craftsmanship looks brilliant from these photos, not to mention the fantastic green Kawasaki office chair!

More details at Joel’s Website.
Via Freelance Switch
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No. 5. The Converted Camper Van

Converted camper van
The ingenuity of this conversion by architect Matthew Hofmann really impressed me. I wouldn’t really want to work in a space like this which isn’t necessarily dedicated to being my ‘office’ full time, but if it’s what you want to do, this is the way to do it! I love the way the Mac is mounted on an adjustable arm and especially love the placement of a printer in a draw that slides from under the seat! Very clever.

Via Desire to Inspire
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No. 4. The Pallet Stack

Brandbase Pallets
This one did the rounds quite a lot last year, catching the attention and drawing envious glances from designers everywhere. Making use of a pretty rustic and common material – wooden pallets – Amsterdam based design agency Brandbase created a unique and inspiring office space and a talking point to really get themselves noticed.

Via Lifehacker
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No. 3. The Cool Old Warehouse

Mattson Creative workspace
Ty Mattson is a high profile American designer and works from a converted warehouse in California. The structural elements add a really nice rustic touch in what looks like a loft space-turned-office. The blackboard is old school and very cool, there’s plenty of inspiration around the place and lots of room to spread out. Lovely stuff.

Via Logobird and Mattson Creative
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No. 2. The Typographer’s Haven

Jessica Hische Workspace
Jessica Hische is another high profile creative from the States who, when she’s not working from home or out and about, resides in a workspace at a converted factory alongside a number of other creatives. It’s a bright airy space and is, of course, decorated and kitted out with impeccable style! Very stylish AND practical – best of both worlds.

Via Method & Craft
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No. 1. The Not-Afraid-of-Clutter Workspace

Jeremy Levine Workspace
This office belonging to LA Architect Jeremy Levine epitomises a lot of what I wanted from my new workspace. It’s clean and well thought out with space to really spread out and nooks and crannies everywhere for storage. The natural light, suspended shelving and colourful additions of hundreds of books and other reference material make this a place I’d really love to work.

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Just as a bonus, I also love this workspace sent in to Logobird’s desk space overview by British logo designer Chopeh (aka Pete Lacey). Not completely sure if he was taking the mickey but as he’d just moved to Copenhagen I imagine it isn’t as far from reality as you may have thought!

Chopeh cardboard box
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How do you rate all these workspaces? I hope it has been inspirational to see the range of what can be done to personalise your workspace.

Don’t forget to check out my review of my new office here and let me know what you think of it all!

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  • http://twitter.com/Conzpiracy Conzpiracy

    My fave is the garage workspace, love it ;)

  • Stephen Hodge

    Spot the mac!

  • http://www.facebook.com/anjistar Anji King

    I love the pallet stack! and the converted camper van is pretty awesome too :)

  • http://twitter.com/chopeh Pete Lacey

    I can now confirm I’m now using an actual desk in place of my box. :)

  • http://www.owenjonesdesign.com Owen

    YEAH! Good work man – I wasn’t sure if it was you messing about on Logobird’s site but it seems it was an unfortunate side effect of moving to Denmark I presume…!

  • http://www.owenjonesdesign.com Owen Jones

    They’re cool ones aren’t they!

  • http://www.owenjonesdesign.com Owen Jones

    Easy!