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An Office of One’s Own

Hey, did you guys catch this recent Fast Company article blasting open office layouts? Thank god someone finally said this out loud! I’ve often wondered how things got done when you’re sitting so close to someone you can smell their sandwich and there’s no quiet or privacy.


But maybe that’s not the case for you. Maybe you can’t write a deck without the backdrop of a gurgling espresso machine and idle chatter of baristas.


Where do you do your best work? If you could design the space you go everyday for 8, 10, 12 hours – what would it look like?


Send us a picture. No really. Go on to Pinterest or Houzz and find something that represents your dream workspace and email it to me.


I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because I’m building a new home office. It’s the first time in my life I’ll be master of my own workspace and I want it to be an oasis of productivity.

Like this.

Glass House - industrial - home office - chicago - Thomas Roszak Architecture, LLC

Or this.


I’m a big fan of bringing the outside in. I like staring into the distance.


Why do I hate this so much?! It feels like a straightjacket.  Citizen Office - Vitra's own office on the vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany, near to Basel

Which explains why I hate this so much. It’s like a straightjacket. Or a drawer. Yes, a drawer. Why would someone confine their perspective to the inside of a drawer? It’s my idea of hell.


So now it’s your turn. Topic is the heaven and hell of work environments. Go.


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