Make your office work with ideas from the pros, here to help you get the job done.
Styling Gem Adams
Photography Wendy Fenwick
Workspaces are a blend of my two favourite things: practical and pretty. And even though these elements can sometimes seem at odds, here’s a way you can marry the two. Firstly, the practical: you need storage – a grand desk with handy drawers and a few baskets will do the trick, plus a set of shelves. The ones featured here are my ultimate. Designed and made by my poppa in the 1970s and recently remade by my dad, they’re changeable and make for a fantastic tactile moodboard. As for the pretty, surround yourself with items that are creatively nurturing, whether artwork, ceramics or some intriguing dried arrangements.
BACKDROP Wall in Resene Castaway; pillar in Resene Road Trip, resene.co.nz. FROM LEFT Wengewood Executive desk by Gordon Russell, $5250, mrbigglesworthy.co.nz. Felix chair, $832 (plus fabric), simonjamesdesign.com. Vintage vase, $85, blackbirdgoods.co.nz. Dried arrangement, POA, markantonia.com. Black Iron watering can by House Doctor, $89, paperplanestore.com. Sticky Note weekly desk planner, $15, letliv.co.nz. Bronze letter opener, POA, ellenhemmings.com. Tokatea Clay Works tumblers, $23 each, blackbirdgoods.co.nz. Sidra slides by Penny Sage, $470, simonjamesdesign.com. Handwoven textile by Christopher Duncan, $400, turstudio.com. Olio Stoneware jug, $100, everyday-needs.com. The Monocle Guide to Good Business book, $99, paperplanestore.com. Spun Steel Cylinder vase, $230, markantonia.com. Vintage rug, POA; French market basket, $65, blackbirdgoods.co.nz. ON SHELVES Ladder shelves, POA, blackbirdgoods.co.nz. Candleholder, $109, everyday-needs.com. Beeswax candles, $22/set of three, blackbirdgoods.co.nz. Girls, Swimming artwork by Ophelia Mikkelson, $495, opheliamikkelson.com. Potter’s vase, $68, blackbirdgoods.co.nz. All other items stylist’s own.
Styling Alice Lines & Juliette Wanty
Photography Melanie Jenkins
Homestyle HQ a loft-style warehouse space, where a creative corner can be divided off with a blush-coloured curtain. A large table to use for production meetings, bouncing around ideas and working on joint projects is key, and we’re forever updating our moodboards to reflect the themes for each issue, so here we’ve installed a wire grid on which we can clip swatches, samples and imagery. Raw materials, a healthy chair obsession and plant life are our other office must-haves.
BACKDROP Wall in Resene Mercury, resene.co.nz. Creations Plain Grey Shale lino, $110/m, krflooring.co.nz. ON SHELF, FROM LEFT Watering can by Zakkia, $59, fluxboutique.co.nz. Terrazzo planters, $85 each, woodstockonwindsor.co.nz. No 12 planter by Anchor Ceramics, $125; Rhipsalis plant, $40, garden-objects.com. ON SIDEBOARD, FROM LEFT Talma buffet, $4000, benglassfurniture.com. A4 paper trays, $41 each, imo.co.nz. Planter, $150, reneeboyd.co.nz. Geranium plant, $20, garden-objects.com. Utility caddy, $69, imo.co.nz. Black Sand planter by Tamago, $89, paperplanestore.com. Brass clips (on moodboard), $50/pack of 16, notemaker.com.au. ON TABLE, FROM LEFT Torino table, $1379, boconcept.co.nz. Decomposition book, $20, unitybooksonline.co.nz. Planner by Appointed, $80, notemaker.com.au. Brass pen by Kaweco, $149, smithandcaugheys.co.nz. Benko chairs by Studio Rygalik, $525 and $607 (with arms), thonet.co.nz. Brass dish, $280, simonjamesdesign.com. Mug cups by Hasami Porcelain, $42 each, precinct35.co.nz. Terrazzo pyramid, $49, madamefancypants.com. Memobottle water bottle, $44, simonjamesdesign.com. Double Happy stool, $390, goldsworthystudio.com. Cog pencil by Tom Dixon, $124, simonjamesdesign.com. ON RIGHT Uncino chair by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, $2035, simonjamesdesign.com. Bellevue floor lamp by Arne Jacobsen, $2469, dawsonandco.nz. Vintage linen, $46/m, marthas.co.nz. Small White Oak basket by Saito, $98, precinct35.co.nz. Terracotta pot, $120, garden-objects.com. All other items stylists’ own.