Lawson Robb recently featured in the Interior Design Yearbook 2017 Professionals Edition. Published annually, the Interior Design Yearbook brings together the best of the interiors industry. The book is aimed specifically at interior designers, architects, specifiers and key buyers within the industry and is offered as the ultimate sourcebook. In the article Lawson Robb provides some insight into the fast-growing home office concepts.
“With regards to home offices or studies, some clients are very knowledgeable about what they want; others need a brainstorm. Every client wants a workspace that should double as an area for meetings, contemplation, or simply to meet and talk with friends over an exquisite cup of coffee.”
“Often, the private club feel works best for studies and home workspaces. In our 30,000 sq ft home in Dubai, the study was inspired by a London members’ club. It needed to be timeless yet elegant, and innovative in terms of the clients’ expectations. So, we created a welcoming and intimate space, not clinical and office-like. The colour palette in this project was smoky, driven by the amber hues of cognac, fine Scotch, cigars or wine. As with a members’ club, the furniture is functional yet comfortable, so we specified big chubby chairs, tables with discreet storage, cigar boxes and drinks tables.”
The designers commented on the key trends for 2017, “We’ll see the number of those working from home continue to increase; whether you set up as an individual worker or are able to work from home as part of a larger business. With modern life, one wants the option of being able to work from home, whatever the work, whether as a parent or company director. One needs space to write, think, contemplate, talk with friends.”
Lawson Robb’s take away advice is to have fun with designing an office space through playing with materials and incorporating artwork.