April 15th is just a few days away, and while there's nothing wrong with waiting until the last minute (or getting an extension) on your tax return, preparing to file is never fun. The best way to cure a tax-induced headache is a quiet, cozy area where you can focus—preferably at home, maybe even surrounded by beautiful art. Here are 21 home offices that we'd definitely enjoy using during tax season.
It’s one thing to live with art. But to live submerged in it—as do the owners of this Sag Harbor, New York, getaway—requires a whole other level of connoisseurship and commitment, not to mention a rather prolific collection. “The project’s biggest challenge,” says principal Russell Groves, who masterminded the interiors, “was marrying the very forward art with the traditional envelope.” In the study, a velvet-covered sofa joins a vintage Nordiska Kompaniet floor lamp, a Nanna Ditzel teak desk, and a classic Eames executive chair.
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Architects are notable for the fluid transitions between spaces as well as the clarity, simplicity, and rich tactility of the materials palette. Those specialties are leveraged in another multistage project they recently completed: transforming a midcentury-era villa just south of Zurich into a combination residence, studio, and exhibition space for an art-world couple. The concrete studio and lounge has views of the garden and a separate entrance from the house above.
A sixty-something couple decided to move from Lyon back to Paris, their hometown, but their hunt dragged out for more than a year without success. So they reached out to for help. The interior designer was tasked with finding a two-bedroom flat in the Sixth Arrondissement—the only parameters given for the otherwise carte-blanche project. One month later, the clients purchased this classic 19th-century apartment at the designer’s urging. In the office, a Vico Magistretti lamp and Gaël Davrinche’s Georges Washington bring a modern touch. Read more
Pop art is alive and well. Just step into the São Paulo apartment of furniture dealer for proof. It’s a reminder that while the movement was born in the 1950’s U.K. and U.S., it not only flourished contemporaneously in Brazil but also continues to do so a half-century later. Near a gallery of prints by the likes of Allan D’Arcangelo, Ed Ruscha, Judith Lauand, and Hércules Barsotti is a Nigel Coates chair and a ’70’s bench manufactured by Móveis Cimo. Read more
When the owner of this three-bedroom apartment on Paris’s Left Bank hired to redecorate it, she avowed a profound desire for change. He certainly took the client at her word: The space had previously been designed in typical Napoleon III style, with chevron parquet, elaborate moldings, and little in the way of decorating flair. In the master bedroom's study area, the leather-clad desk is Maison Jansen, circa 1960; Marc du Plantier designed the chair in 1936 for the couture salons of Jacques Heim; the oil on canvas is by Joseph Rivoalen.
A couple in Palermo had been looking around for a new house; instead, while looking through a magazine, they found local and together embarked on a refreshing of their 1,500 square-foot apartment. A wall of black oak slats defines the study room, with a custom desk of tobacco oak, a Cassina lamp, and chair by Knoll. Read more
While Manhattan apartment towers climb ever taller, into the sky, some New Yorkers still dream of a single-family town house on a tree-lined street. Offering respite from the hurly-burly, such houses are unfortunately not easy to come by. The owners of this brownstone, a financial executive and his wife, found it on one of the West Village’s best-preserved streets. The property itself, however, was a diamond-in-the-rough to say the least.
Centuries ago, lower parts of Manhattan were farmland. That’s certainly not the case today as downtown teems with metropolitan sophistication. The contrast factored into a four-bedroom loft in the Flatiron district by . The owner couple, a repeat client, sought a barnlike feel, but with contemporary touches appropriate to the urban environs. West Chin, along with his firm’s architectural design director Laylah Mohammed, responded through their choice of layout and materials.
Tucked in a thicket of birch trees on the Danish isle of Møn sits a summer cottage best described as a modernist hobbit hole. A cluster of cylindrical modules clad in slim spruce trunks belies the precise detailing and sparseness within. The dwelling is the brainchild of German-born, Copenhagen-based architect , who’s no stranger to Møn’s rugged beauty. Each of the three bedrooms features a custom oiled-oak bed with integral desk.
Where a love of design meets young children, innovative solutions are required. provided just such assistance for a former stylist and her family. Their house in Israel, north of Tel Aviv, had served them for several years, but current needs called for change. Jacobs added an additional bedroom upstairs and turned the hallway into a study for everyone. Read more
Tucked into the building’s mansard roof, this penthouse sports loftlike vaulted ceilings and arched windows and doors that frame jaw-dropping vistas of the lake and skyline. Not to mention the aerie boasts five outdoor balconies. The owner commissioned , a growing architecture firm known for its refined modernist designs, to make it a home. Paint in My Head Number 10, an oil on canvas by Eloy Morales, punctuates the study.
has met his match. The Wifijerez Hall of Fame member is, in a word, decisive: a creative who makes up his mind lickety-split and likes to keep things moving forward. As it turned out, so was the Miami-based client who hired Zeff to design her New York pied-à-terre. The glass-enclosed study converts to a guest room courtesy of drapes and a linen-covered custom sofa bed; custom shelves are lacquered wood.
principal Charlotte Macaux Perelman normally likes to respect the history of the spaces she transforms. There is, however, an exception to every rule, and what interested her about a 2,200-square-foot Paris apartment, directly overlooking Parc Monceau, was precisely the fact that there was nothing to salvage. A view past oak-and-cane shelving into the study reveals a Jean Prouvé desk and a Rafael Moneo Oria chair; the painting is by Stepan Krasnov.
Anna Cappelen and Chloe Pollack-Robbins have brought a sense of warm restraint to restaurants and residences from Oslo to Sagaponack. So when the owners of the penthouse of Piet Boon’s updated Art Deco gem called, the pair knew just what to do. They kept the palette a cool white throughout the apartment to complement Boon’s oak-stained flooring. The home office's desk is from Organic Modernism, with an Eames task chair and Saru table lamp.
When it comes to displaying contemporary art in the home, current practice favors paper-white walls, just like a museum or gallery. For a model town house in south central China, however, took a more daring approach, one informed by the psychology of color. The interior spaces are dominated by a subtle gray-on-gray palette that, for principals Yi Chen and Muchen Zhang, signifies calm, good sense, and maturity. The rug in the master study echoes the geometries of the painting above.
In searching for a large apartment in New York's West Village to call home, the client found it at an address flanked by two modernist buildings. Make that, found apartments, plural: There were four in total. and senior associate Peter Johns’s task was to combine them into one luxe duplex penthouse. Macassar ebony casegoods and mahogany beams join richly veined marble in the office.
launched her own firm, , eager to channel her unique background and perspective into luxurious residential spaces. But the end result encapsulates a much broader narrative than her own history. At an apartment in Poznan, Poland, the industrial aesthetic and fresh palette of whites, turquoise, and navy are complimented by furnishings by Saba Italia, Punt, Zero, Flos, and Kasthall. Read more
Though her eponymous firm has developed a signature blend of quirk and luxury in residences throughout New York City, it’s this model apartment for and 's 15 Hudson Yards high-rise on Chelsea’s north edge that might be its boldest work yet. And because it’s Chelsea, art is a main focus, with pieces by and , mixed with eye-popping wall coverings, such as the study’s expanse of peacocks by , a work of art in itself. Read more
A family needing room to grow wanted out of their cramped traditional home and in to a spacious contemporary abode with an on-trend open plan. was enlisted to design the family’s new residence from the ground up, a scope encompassing both architecture and interiors. To produce the sense of space that the client envisioned, Pure Design’s Jaque Bethke conceived a free-flowing kitchen and living area, with refined furnishes and zero visual clutter. Leopard-print carpet, jaunty yellow furnishings, and a supersized abstract canvas add air.
For his new vacation home in Palm Springs, Robert D. Kleinschmidt took cues from International Style’s formal linearity and his own confident take on color. He replaced stark white walls with hues drawn from the surrounding San Jacintos at sunset, from violet doors to the taupe-beige used throughout. In the master bedroom, faux leather wraps the custom desk; a large-scale work by Jack Beal hangs to one side of the bed.
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