Ever since computers made the home office a must-have reality, designers have risen to the challenge of creating stylish office accessories that could play well in the den, study, or kitchen nook. It's all about that idea of making the home an "electronic cottage": a place where you work as much as you live. But is that really happening?
While IDC reports that 34% of the U.S. work force will be telecommuting by next year, there's still that 66% left back at the office who may need a little more comfort than the office supply catalog affords. Though you may have a kitchen in your workplace, for example, wouldn't it be great to have your own private stash of Jolt cola and some salsa for your tortilla chips in a sleek silver retro fridge for those 10 p.m. power snacks? Or perhaps a couple of carefully chosen accents, such as a Simon Pearce glass lamp and an Armani Casa wooden desk set, can lend a sense of personal style to your cookie-cutter workspace. Browse our favorites here and shop away -- but don't let yourself get so comfortable that you forget where to go at the end of the day.
Jonathan Adler pencil box [$125, jonathanadler.com]; red tulipwood lacquer trash can [$165, gracioushome.com]; Timor perpetual desk calendar [$110, mossonline.com]; Aero Ltd. white and black lacquer tray [$175, aerostudios.com]; Armani Casa Logo lamp [$695, giorgioarmani.com]; Vornado Silver Swan fan [$99, Restorationhardware.com]; Hot + Cold Mini Fridge [$150, sharperimage.com]; Saturn V with Apollo spacecraft model [$135, mossonline.com]; red leather pocket-emptier tray [$260, mossonline.com]; Chanel-inspired white and black lacquer box [$85, erostudios.com]; Chilewich carpet tiles [pricing available through individual designers, plynyl.com].
Room One linen pillow [$60, room001.com]; Aalto crystal vase [$45, momastore.org]; Umbra Echo mantel clock [$80, umbra.com]; framed butterfly from the Evolution Store [$79 and up, theevolutionstore.com]; Target dartboard by Michael Graves [$50, target.com]; Jonathan Adler brown lacquer frame [visit store for details, jonathanadler.com]; Armani Casa Altare kiri wood box and tray [$30 and $115, respectively, giorgioarmani.com]; Conran Lucite box [$32, conran.com]; Conran Lucite tape dispenser [$18, conran.com]; Jonathan Adler green lacquer stash box [$68, jonathanadler.com]; Brandon lamp with parchment shade [$190 and $39, respectively, simonpearce.com]; Entwine rattan magazine rack [$60, umbra.com].
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