A Feminine Mid-Century Modern Office Design
I think I may have already mentioned my love of Mid-Century Modern furniture and lighting in previous posts. My adoration and appreciation for this style stems from the simple, elegant, clean lines, that adhere to function and form, which is so easy on the eye. It is why it works so well today in our modern homes and is still so popular. There is, however, a typical image which springs to mind with Mid-Century Modern style and that is the kitschy bright colours of the 1950s or the earthy tones of the early 1960s and dark woods.
Today, I am going to show you how you can create the perfect feminine home office setting using this style, with some additional contemporary pieces. It is a design I put together for my degree and is only a small snippet from my final module….
Spatial & Furniture Plan
Clear pathways to each area of the office and balcony ensure ease of movement throughout the space with no obstacles. The layout was designed to ensure that all furniture pieces were appropriate and offered purpose and function to the home office environment for Olivia’s wedding business.
Chosen Office Furniture & Lighting Presentation Board
1. Mid-Century Desk – West Elm2. STUA Gas Task Chair – Atomic Interiors3. Vitra Soft Shell Chair – Atomic Interiors4. Mid-Century Small Console – West Elm 5. PH Artichoke Pendant – Aram 6. Bespoke furniture – Me 7. LED Spots by Phillips 8. PH 3/2 Table Lamp – Aram 9. Bloomingvale Table Lamp – Amara
A Mid-Century style desk and small console by WestElm were chosen for their clean, elegant, simple form and aesthetics. The console also provides the office with an additional surface area. Both pieces of furniture are made with FSc certified solid eucalyptus wood, making them environmentally friendly.
A bespoke storage cupboard I designed, offers ample storage. It’s position within the space, creates a streamlined appearance to the office. If you can, add bespoke pieces to your spaces as you’ll be creating individuality and uniqueness, which is always a good thing.
PH Artichoke lamp by Poul Henningsen
I first came across the PH Artichoke lamp at the V&A museum and fell in love with its aesthetics there and then. The PH Artichoke lamp by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, is a beautiful decorative pendant light. It is a design classic that offers great diffused lighting that’s glare free, which is ideal for an office setting. It was originally designed in 1958 in enamelled aluminium and steel, and today you will find it in different colours and finishes, and I love it.
The PH3/2 table lamp
The PH3/2 table lamp in opaline glass and polished chrome compliments the PH artichoke light offering elegant, simple and comfortable lighting layer to the space.
Chosen Accessories Presentation Board
The accessories chosen for the office space compliment the elegant forms of the furniture and lighting. The beautiful contemporary Alexander McQueen “Poppy Days” wallhanging is a real feature of the office design. Adding great contrast of texture and pattern it injects colour that visually softens the look of the overall design to stop it from looking stark and clinical. It is an explosive dramatic art form that is mesmerizingly beautiful. Did you know that wall hangings were really popular amongst Parisians especially during the Art Deco period.
The “Here and There” Cabernet rug has wool and silk accents, which when layered against the Barefoot BirkHam carpet adds depth of colour to the room and grounds the design with its deep colour contrast.
One of my finds for the design was a Sylvia Stave pewter vase, which epitomises the era with its linear lines engraved in the pewter material, which mimics the Eltis Candy silk wall covering.
The pretty art nouveau dish by Rostand (found at 1stdibs.com) was chosen for its pretty feminine qualities to complement the Poppy Days wallhanging by Alexander McQueen.
The silk peony roses and yoshino berries from John Lewis add a reminder of the outdoors which keeps us in touch with nature and our well-being.
Chosen Wallcoverings, Window Treatments & Flooring Presentation Board
I kept the window treatments to this space simple by choosing flexible slatted blinds, which are remotely controlled as they offer the perfect solution to control the amount of light entering the room. They are made from a soft organic weave that is textured which creates interest to the room.
Subtle pattern and texture were added to the design by using Eltis Candy Silk Effect vinyl wall covering. Its subtle linear pattern creates a visual calming backdrop to the office space. The silk effect to the wall covering also ensures some reflection of light into the office.
Rendered Elevation Drawing
So there you have one of my designs for a feminine Mid-Century Modern office design, proving that it doesn’t have to be all dark wood and bright colours.
Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead!
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