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How to get more from your workspace

Millions more people than usual are currently working from home due to the global coronavirus pandemic. For many, this means creating a workspace from scratch. Whether you’re still in the office or at home, is your workspace as comfortable, beautiful and inspiring as it can be?

If not, there’s no better time to find out how some of the finest designers of our time decorate their personal workspaces. Get some inspiration and ideas from these world-leading creatives and find out how much difference it could make to your workspace.


How do leading designers curate their own workspace?


What we choose to surround ourselves with has arguably never been more important as we collectively navigate the challenges of the pandemic. There are plenty of examples of workspaces done well, including the following designers and architects.

  • Neal Beckstedt Studios, New York

Functional and relaxed were the watchwords for Neal Beckstedt when he designed the workspace for his boutique architecture and interior design studio. By mixing neutral colours with a warm yet masculine vibe he’s created am office and a home.

The space reflects his studio’s aesthetic and he was careful to ensure costs were kept low by making less expensive items look chic. By customising pure materials including plywood, steel and melamine he has created sculpturally simple forms. Neal also added the personal touch with his own vintage pieces, ensuring the workspace retains his design stamp.

  • Natalia Miyar, Atelier, London

Leading designer Natalia Miyar is best known for blending comfort and glamour. And when it came to designing her studio’s workspace, she wanted to make it suitably inspiring. Her South Kensington studio retains this feel of effortless glam due to the use of texture and colour, and also reflects her personal cultural heritage. By using bronze and copper along with neutral tones, Natalia has given a hint of a portrait by Klimt that she fell in love with at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna.

Natalia used the same design principles for her workspace that she does for her clients to ensure it reflects her own aesthetic and individuality.

  • Taylor Howes, London

As an interior design company that creates living spaces for some of the most elite addresses in London, it’s not surprising that Taylor Howes has created an inspiring workspace too. The company revamped an ex Tesla and Aston Martin garage for their new studio workspace and fully utilised the unusual layout.

The ground level works as a showcase for clients, and the space benefits from beautiful colourways, tactile fabrics and perfectly positioned patterns. The lower ground floor has a different vibe and has been designed for the creatives and design teams with clean, cool industrial surroundings.

  • Deborah Oppenheimer, Hong Kong

Interior designer Deborah Oppenheimer is always linked with exquisite taste, luxury and elegance. Her combined experience in the world of fine arts, fashion and art direction forms a timeless aesthetic for her client work. And when it comes to her own workspace, the same is true.

The Deborah Oppenheimer design studio was previously an industrial printing workshop, and has been transformed to accommodate her small team of architects and designers. Her workspace surrounds the team with a clam, modernist, clean design, very much reflecting her own personal aesthetic.

  • Helen Green Design (HGD), London

Helen Green Design Studio was founded by the late designer in 2002 in a former Chelsea a pub that used to welcome the likes of the Rolling Stones. The workspace has retained this sense of cool, with carefully chosen pieces from the HGD collection helping to create an elegant but came space that is ideal for creative and client meetings.

The design is switched around every six months, while retaining a sense of the team that work there. Any design changes along the way retain the luxurious but liveable design aesthetic.

  • Kelly Wearstler, Los Angeles

Kelly Wearstler’s LA-based studio is characterised by gorgeous lighting and high ceilings dotted with statement chandeliers. The overall effect is one of understated opulence within an open space designed to encourage freedom of thought. Kelly’s own aesthetic and identity is everywhere, and her maximalist approach works to create the most inspiring of workspaces.

Her personal desk is imbued with colour from the art on the walls through to the unusual but fun furniture. Floral arrangements go hand in hand with golden stools and patterned upholstery to create a perfectly balanced space without a neutral to be seen.

All of these creatives are different, but a common theme running through their workspace designs is the importance of putting your stamp on it. Imbue your workspace with your own aesthetic and personality, whatever that may be and you will find an inspiring, creative result.