Office spaces x Work life : Meridiani, Delfonics, Ressource, La Fonction, … Neutrals and muted tones announce Autumn season at the work place.

and other stories hm workshop   Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen    BABYLON by LexonNo matter if what you call your work place is a workshop, a wide and crowded open space, a state of the art solo office filled with art pieces, a show room, a creative studio, your own home or any other kind of space. This space is important as you might spend quite a lot of time there. As the back to school or back to office week is hitting most of us we may be in search of some not too disruptive atmospheres – compared to your holidays settings. It is all well. Neutral shades, muted colors are on for the Fall – but always with the hint of either bright or bold colors. So pack your work bag – a L/Uniform cartable by Jeanne Signoles – being a relevant choice !

As part of its partnership program with museums and art institutions Ressource, the French brand for decorative paints, has come up with a collection of new coatings inspired by the traditional colors of Sienna in Italy. Of course it includes a ‘Cielo di Sienna’ but there is more with a dark green (HC59) that I find quite interesting – appropriately the new option of a matt lacquer. Zolpan is a recent find for me which unlike F&B, Dulux or Ressource I have never tested but the colors are quite impressive. Maybe because its main users are professionals. 

Natural fabrics are back and it is nice to find them in the office area : cork and marble. Cork use has been limited to the making of seats (think about the Cork Family stools by Jasper Morisson for Vitra). Marble is always coming back on the scene. Here below are two versions of cork and a system of marble desks. Plinto Calacatta marble base and top table that can suit for a desk use designed by Andrea Parisio for Meridiani (to be introduced during Paris Design Week) and Ilse Crawford’s of Studio Ilse much awaited collab collection with Ikea. This cork top table is a good option and also come as a nomadic desk that can be moved easily in an office space suiting different work needs. 

Shown above : shoes and accessories studio at And Other Stories (H&M group) furnished with wood shelving system and white marble top work table. Following up is one of designer Jaime Hayon‘s latest addition to his sucessful seating collection for Danish furniture brand Fritz Hansen.

Ilse Crawford x Ikea Sinnerlig Collection

Organizing one’s office space is critical but it is only efficient and worth the cost if you do mind about the details : office accessories. Way beyond the tidy vs untidy question I mean. Some designers have chosen to concentrate their efforts on this segment for the best. To name a few let’s think about Minimalux by Mark Holmes, Japanese firm Delfonics or Lexon. And as we all tend to be very on the go when working this kind of behavorial trend must be adressed sharply. An answer amongst others may come with a smart leather shoulder bag by French design firm La Fonction that transforms into a functional Ipad holder still roomy enough to carry other necessary work stuffs and personal accessories all within easy reach … I have spotted a few other new designs which may suits perfectly with your muted tones work atmosphere : Physics a white Swivel chair by Alberto Meda for Vitra, more decorative than a work chair Collection III by Nika Zupanc is serious option along with a suspension lamp by Luca Nichetto – both to be launched as part of London Design Festival

Plinto Calacara marble table top by Andrea Parisio for Meridiani

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