The line between work and life is increasingly blurry, especially at entrepreneurial companies. With that in mind, we asked designers who have worked on some of the country's coolest offices to name their favorite items for creating inspiring settings with a touch of home. —Jana Kasperkevic
Think by Steelcase
"The most important thing in an office is a good chair. The Think chair is a great balance between ergonomics and aesthetics. It's thin, light, and sophisticated. It also has a wide variety of adjustments and comes in 14 colors. Purple is pretty fantastic." Cost: Starting at $595 for fabric upholstery
—Denise Mieko Cherry, principal of Studio O+A in San Francisco, has created office interiors for AOL, Microsoft, Yelp, and Facebook.
Frank Gehry Left Twist Cube
"Bold graphics, brightly colored accessories, and multipurpose furniture help facilitate work life--and maybe even bring out a smile. The Left Twist Cube designed by Frank Gehry, can serve as a footrest, coffee table, or guest chair. Another plus? You can kick it without breaking your foot." Cost: $250
—Thomas Juncher Jensen, founder of New York City-based design studio, JIDK, has designed offices for Buzzfeed and Pacific Foundation.
Revol Froisses Cappuccino Crumpled Tumbler
"I love these ceramic mugs, which are designed to look like crumpled plastic cups. They're a witty way to keep it casual in the office. The mugs come in a variety of colors and patterns. The best part? They're stackable." Cost: Starting at $15.99 for a 6.25-ounce tumbler
—Holly Sivula, an interior designer at St. Paul, Minnesota-based Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, helped design the corporate campus of Urban Outfitters.
PH Artichoke by Louis Poulsen
"This pendant lamp is made with 72 aluminum leaves precisely positioned to provide diffused, glare-free light from any angle. It's elegant and fits in a variety of settings." Cost: Starting at $9,736 for an 18.9-inch-diameter lamp —Scott Spector, principal of New York City–based Spector Group Architects, has designed offices for Quirky and Nasdaq.
"Window seats feel uniquely open and bright, but offer a sense of privacy. They're the perfect spot to escape a crazy workday. If your office doesn't have a built-in window seat, put a bench below a window. This bench, which was designed by Working Hands Factory for Organic Modernism, has an American black walnut frame and foam cushioned seat upholstered in fabric or leather."
Cost: Starting at $995 for fabric upholstery —Noa Santos, co-founder and CEO of New York City–based HomePolish, has designed offices for Codecademy and Fueled.
Florafelt Vertical Garden Planter
"A living wall brings nature to the work environment. It produces oxygen, and it's pleasant to look at. This vertical garden planter has moisture-wicking felt pockets and comes in a variety of configurations. You can water plants by hand or with a drip line. The roots grow right into the felt." Cost: Starting at $59 for a four-pocket planter. —Nancy McEvers Anderson, principal of IA/Interior Architects in San Francisco, has designed offices for Twitter and SuccessFactors.