15 Gorgeous Studies & Workspaces

Working from home is a pleasure in these well-appointed rooms with desks.
15 Gorgeous Studies & Workspaces

In designing this West Village townhouse, Shawn Henderson said the goal was to keep the library light and fresh. Henderson’s firm designed the custom desk, which inspired by a piece by Axel Einar Hjorth. The console, made from two-toned wood wrapped in leather, is by Thomas Hayes Gallery. Photo by Steven Freihon

“When creating an office the main thing I focus on is making if feel cozy and homey,” says Kishani Perera, who designed this Hollywood Hills office. “In the office, the vintage desk that the client had acquired and saved through the years was the inspiration for the mid-century feel. We created a room that was masculine, sparse but warm, with the various woods and leathers. The rest of the house was rather colorful, so it was important that the office remain a calm and serene departure.” The space includes a chair by Charles and Ray Eames, a hide rug and a vintage drip-glazed table lamp. Photo by Jean Randazzo

Timothy Corrigan updated this 1922 Georgian Colonial Revival home in Los Angeles, which he purchased in 2006 after living there as a child. The study’s 1795 cabinet was a gift from William V, Prince of Orange, to Catherine the Great, and flanking the piece are a pair of Louis XIV sconces. “When creating a home office, choose things that you find beautiful, as well as functional,” Corrigan says. Photo by Lee Manning

“Laptop computers have saved the home office from a mass of tangled cords and clutter and have changed the way we view the room,” says Emily Summers, who designed this Dallas penthouse. The office includes a pair of 1966 Ward Bennett Envelope chairs and a 1960s desk with a chrome base that was refinished in shagreen. Photo by Stephen Karlisch

In Tara Shaw’s New Orleans home, the walls are covered in cypress and the furnishings include a Louis Philippe daybed and an Arne Norell Ari lounge chair and ottoman. Photo courtesy of Tara Shaw

“Spaces are more meaningful when they connect to history and reinterpret conventional design vocabularies,” says Michael Haverland, who designed this Upper East Side apartment. “In this case, a home office for a writer, precise computer-milled lacquered paneling inspired by old libraries covers one wall, and Cole and Sons Wallpaper overlaid with computer-milled lattice in the same grid pattern covers another, weaving together the two surface treatments.” The space includes a Jacques Adnet leather desk, a Gae Aulenti table lamp, and a chair, wastebasket and magazine rack by Piero Fornasetti. Photo by Bruce Buck

“The house itself was built in the 1930s, so the interior spaces never stray too far from classic, but because of the clients’ fearlessness with design, I was allowed to layer texture, pattern and color in this project,” says Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design, who updated this Santa Monica, California, home. Photo by Burnham Design

For this New York apartment, Consort says they wanted to give their client – a single man – a space that was “modern, fresh and welcoming – but not overtly masculine.” The study features mid-century modern furnishings and brass accents. Photo by Reid Rolls

“A home office should blend seamlessly with the overall decor, and don’t forget to include an inviting chair for a loved one to keep you company,” says Deirdre Doherty, who updated this Spanish bungalow in Los Angeles. The mid-century modern desk offers additional storage. Photo by Meghan Beierle O’Brien

“I like studies to be practical, personal and stylish,” says Fawn Galli, who designed this Manhattan home office. “The Papa Bear chair is my favorite for a study, and for listening to music. The coffee table is a vintage Knoll and desk chair is by Velca Lugano. The neutral colors highlights the instruments, books and view of Washington Square Park.” Photo by Costas Picadas

“The placement of the desk in the room is really critical, as it sets the tone for the whole space,” says Steffani Aarons of DHD Architecture & Interior Design, who created this Chelsea study. The desk itself is always a key element and is often an opportunity to set the design aesthetic. It’s also always nice to have a feature wall with a great piece of art and really good lighting to anchor a room.” This space includes a pair of bright red 1970s reflective Italian wall lights and a Hollywood Regency campaign executive desk. Photo by Emily Andrews

“When designing a home office, we feel that in order for a space to functional, the lighting is the principle issue,” according to Brown Davis Interiors, who created this two-story library. The space includes an early 20th-century mahogany Sheridan-style partners desk. It also features a 19th-century English Georgian case clock. “You can almost here the steady rhythm of the tick tock.” Photo courtesy of Brown Davis Interiors

The glamorous library of this Kelly Wearstler-designed home on Mercer Island, Washington, features soaring bookcases with library ladders on brass railings. Photo by Grey Crawford

For this family home in Canada, Powell & Bonnell contrasted the architectural details in the office with streamlined furniture, including a desk, guest chair and lamp of their own design. Photo by Ted Yarwood

For this Upper East Side townhouse study, Dineen Architecture outfitted the space with custom walnut shelves, a vintage Adrian Pearsall desk and a Knoll chair. Photo by Peter Rymwid

For this Greenwich Village townhouse, Ash NYC selected mid-century gems like a desk and modernist armchairs by Pierre Jeanneret. Photo by Christian Harder

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