Telecommuting became the norm this year, with many making do in informal spaces that may have not been intentionally dedicated to teleworking. This contemporary and colorful home office in Greenwich, designed by Cami Luppino and Alana Irwin, co-principals of Lulu Home, provides serious home-office inspiration.
This whole home, which was built last year, was designed for a repeat client. Offering a clean and bold aesthetic, the office flows seamlessly with the design of the rest of the home. Luppino and Irwin explain that every room bleeds into the next, all speaking to one another.
“Visually [the office is] a very important room because it is directly off the foyer, so sightlines to that space are dominant. The room needed to not only function as an office space but be aesthetically pleasing and create an exciting visual moment when you enter the home,” explains Luppino.
The jumping off point was the custom built-ins that were already in the space, which appear blue (the homeowner’s favorite color) but are actually a deep Nantucket green. Decorated with brass accessories (to pop against the color of the cabinetry) and books, the built-ins provide a place for office essentials, like a printer and file cabinets, without having to display them out in the open. “There’s plenty of storage hidden there, and all of the cords are integrated into the cabinetry, so you’re not seeing your normal mess,” explains Luppino.
The rug was selected to match the color of the cabinetry, and furniture was chosen to be multifunctional. “It’s important to us to create versatile, multipurpose rooms because the audience can shift,” Luppino explains, referring to work from home situations imposed by the pandemic. “[The homeowner] spends the majority of her time situated at her desk, working from a laptop, but the swivel chair was strategically placed so that she can move between two distinct work surfaces.” With a floating desk in the center of the room and a smaller desk in the built-ins, there are two clearly defined work zones, so the space can function for more than one person. Two chairs opposite the desk lend themselves to meetings: “It’s not just a workstation,” shares Irwin.
Natural light pours in from the two windows, and a chain-link chandelier makes a statement above the desk. A triptych piece of art depicting a horse — part of the homeowner’s personal collection — was incorporated into the design. “We’re very big into repeating forms in our spaces,” says Luppino. The three-paneled artwork complements the textured grasscloth wallpaper, which is embossed with a raised, grid-like pattern. The overall design is “modern and traditional,” explains Irwin, adding that the office is “definitely glamorous and impactful.”
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