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Putting in the work – from home


Design Guild Mark - April 8, 2020 - 0 comments

With the whole of the UK now in its third week of lockdown as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have had to adjust very quickly to working from home.

While our morning commute is a thing of the past, the need for a comfortable home workstation that facilitates creative thinking and allows you to work as efficiently as possible during these uncertain times has never been in greater need.

Articles with tips on managing your wellbeing while working in isolation have been popping up on news feeds every day since the start of the crisis. However, one of the best ways of regaining some semblance of normality while working at home alone is having a dedicated workspace that can act as a makeshift office, which you can get up from and ‘leave’ at the end of the day.

We’ve compiled a list of five of our favourite home office pieces that have been awarded a Design Guild Mark in the Furniture category.

DGM 178 Gifu Workstation by Sebastian Conran for Hida Sangyo Co Ltd

The design draws key inspiration from the traditional architecture and woodworking native to the Hida-Takayama region in central Japan. This compact workstation has been designed to cater to the demands of the technology-equipped modern home office in an elegant and ordered fashion.

DGM 167 Multidrawer by Frederick Brown for Bisley

The rapid growth of colourful plastic letter trays in the 1950s and 60s inspired Freddie Brown to manufacture a product with the same storage capability but was more durable and make them available in a wide range of colours. Over the years the range of options has been increased and the manufacturing methods improved but the original appearance has remained unchanged.

Gifu Workstation

DGM 116 Jot Desk by Alex Hellum for Joined and Jointed

Jot is inspired by both domestic and workplace furniture and merges the two delightfully, with one end angular and upright, the other open and relaxed. It features a drawer with leather tab pull, and desktop cubbyhole.

DGM 114 The Slope Desk by Leonhard Pfeifer for Müller Möbelwerkstätten

Made from lightweight multiplex, the Slope Desk has an elegant filigree appearance finished with wear-resistant melamine and lacquered edges. Designed to fit neatly into small spaces, the desk delivers a generous amount of surface area. It’s designed to lean against a wall, gaining its stability from two narrow sloping legs that are an integral part of the desk, and it features three useful compartments along its wall edge.

DGM 27 Treviso by Matthew Hilton for Ercol

When it comes to contemporary British craft, designer Matthew Hilton and Ercol are the perfect pairing. Famed for his combination of angular forms and rich walnut carpentry, Hilton sculpted the Treviso desk with similar sleek style fitting plenty of storage and workspace within a slender frame.

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