Quite understandably, taking work home from the office is not filled with positive associations. There is, however, one upside to being around-the-clock beholden to one’s email inbox: it justifies investing in a swish, uniquely personal home office. And while we’re advocates for a healthy work-life balance, we are above all design obsessives. To that end, feast your eyes on 18 home offices that are so beautiful, that not only will you enjoy taking work home with you, you’ll probably actually look forward to it.
Decorator Nestor Cruz created an homage to French designer Jean-Michel Frank by using 1940s faux–painted-oak paneling in a neoclassical library in the Washington, D.C. area to mimic Frank’s serene, tailored traditionalism.
Photo by Angie Seckinger.
At his Hildenstein, Switzerland home, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor keeps an office that reflects his so-called “Brutalist Lite” architectural aesthetic.
Photo by Pietro Savorelli via Klat Magazine.
This Milan loft — an 18th-century stable renovated by Modourbano in collaboration with artist Takane Ezoe — presents a sophisticated combination of Italian elegance and Japanese minimalism. The living areas are indistinct and the kitchen blends into the office smoothly and unobtrusively.
Photo by Takane Ezoe & Modourbano via Archilovers.
At her live-work penthouse in Manhattan, designer Diane Von Furstenberg sits at a Ruhlmann desk encircled with Franz West chairs. The bold leopard print rug, however, is Von Furstenberg’s own design.
Photo by François Halard for Architectural Digest.
A white wall subtly yet strategically offsets the wood panelling, desk and beautiful Kaare Klint safari chairs inside the office of this midcentury modern house in Los Angeles, California.
Photo by Matthew Williams for Martha Stewart.
Photo via Laplace
Textile designer John Robshaw cites a love of India as a key point of inspiration for the decor of his New York home — a vintage rug and portrait from the country may be found in his office.
Photo by William Waldron for Elle Decor
In Paris, fashion designer Giambattista Valli sketches at a lipstick-red secrétaire, alongside midcentury lighting and a vintage Moroccan rug.
Photo by François Halard via Vogue.
A 1950s Les Arc chair by Charlotte Perriand sits at a sleek work station in the Madrid residence of designer David Delfin and photographer Gorka Postigo.
Photo by Manolo Yllera via Yatzer
For a 16th-century home on the Greek island of Rhodes, British fashion mogul Jasper Conran utilizes an antique barber’s chair for desk seating.
Photo by Magnus Marding for Wall Street Journal Magazine.
Inside the eclectic São Paulo home of Brazilian musician Nando Reis, a bright office doubles as both a work and recreation space.
Photo by Fernanda Petelinkar for Casa Vogue Brazil.
Amid canvas-lined walls, an eye-catching Martino Gamper chest of drawers catches one’s eye in Zegna designer Stefano Pilati’s Parisian duplex.
Photo by Björn Wallander for Architectural Digest.
In this Greek island home, an office area is intimately nestled in a corner of the bedroom amid a collection of abstract paintings.
Photo by Fritz Von Der Schulenburg for Rizzoli.
Modeled after steel factory panels, the floor-to-ceiling windows in this Hamptons house lend a note of industrialism which is carefully balanced by an extraordinary mix of midcentury furniture pieces by Eero Saarinen and Jean Prouvé.
Photo via Michael Haverland.
A midtown Manhattan pied-à-terre designed by designer Kelly Behun boasts the perfect balance of work space and comfort — a plush sofa is a strategic reminder to take a few breaks.
Photo by Daniel Kukla for Kelly Behun Sudio.
A late-19th-century Edwardian building — renovated by John Lum Architecture — provides an excellent backdrop for a collection of mid-century Scandinavian furniture, including a pendant light by Poul Henningsen.
Photo via John Lum Architecture.
Distinctly monochromatic, this spacious home office in Aarhus, Denmark exudes a decidedly calm vibe.
Photo by Mikkel Mortensen via Dezeen.
The most unique home office? For his Palm Springs home, architect Alfred Frey (known as the grandfather of Desert Modernism) incorporated a large boulder into the houses’s blueprints after zoning laws barred him from completing any on-site excavations.