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Many office spaces can look bland – a bleak combination of grey cubicles, drab carpet and ugly fluorescent lighting; hardly the most inspiring surroundings to spend the next 40 years of your working life.
So wouldn’t it be great if your office furniture was a bit more eye-catching and well, a little more fun? Where the colour scheme gets your creative juices flowing, where you can kick back and relax in comfort and a space where fluorescent lights are banned in favour of more flattering lighting?
Well of course it would, but for now we’ll have to make do with a bit of escapist drooling over these celebrity office spaces instead.
Karl Lagerfeld’s design HQ in Paris features over 300,000 books in a dizzying pile arrangement that looks like it could fall and squash you at any moment. The Diet Coke-guzzling fashion icon’s studio also features a spiral staircase and balcony that wraps around the entire space so Karl (or presumably one of his assistants) can reach the books that are higher up. His office also houses a high chair (like a life guard’s seat) where King Karl can survey his fashion kingdom and dream up more of his bizarre life and fashion philosophies.
The former White Stripes frontman’s office at Third Man Records in Nashville boasts a number of stuffed animal heads adorning the walls, including that of a giraffe, a hippo and an antelope. ‘The Lounge,’ as he refers to office, has a ceiling made of shiny tin and bright yellow floors. His kitchen is tiled in red and white and kind of looks like an old-fashioned hospital ward on acid – hardly an appetizing palette for a kitchen, but it is reminiscent of the signature colours of his garage rock days. Jack’s office door is made of glass and wood and is etched with the words Jack White the Third.
The queen of homemakers, Martha Stewart’s office was always going to be a vision of organisation and beauty and her home office in New York certainly doesn’t disappoint. Despite the fact that her corporate offices are not far away, Martha does most of her work at home and her desk space is meticulously laid out so everything she needs is right at hand. She has a TV screen hung above desk level so she can edit photos and video easily, an old-fashioned desk pencil sharpener so all of her pencils can be uniformly pointy and organisation cubbies for her paperwork labelled ‘Poison’, ‘Vicious’ and ‘Infested.’
Warren Buffett is one of the most successful business magnates on the planet, but you wouldn’t necessarily guess that from the looks of his office in Omaha Nebraska. The premises for his company Berkshire Hathaway has been in the same office building for over 50 years, and he said in interviews that he prefers this space in Nebraska over Washington, New York, everywhere else you might normally expect a billionaire business mogul to be operating.
His home is five minutes away and his favourite football team, the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, features heavily in the office décor. He has a trophy cabinet full of Nebraska memorabilia and a lighted sign above the door that reads ‘Invest like a Champion,’ an adage that he certainly takes very seriously.
Well there you have it – a few office spaces of the rich and famous to drool over. Which design ideas would you take away for your own office décor? Share in comments below. Enhance your office with glass office partitions for an open plan feel with a modern twist. Call 01202 577776 to learn more.