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Liberated by the remarkable pace of technology—which has been steadily cutting cords and providing sleekly proportioned equipment—home offices are coming out from behind closed doors. At the ready, an ever-expanding selection of luxurious furniture, elegant materials, and decorative accessories make for a welcoming workspace—ideal for getting the job done as well as entertaining business associates, family, and friends. —Linda C. Lentz

Hunter Douglas
Hunter Douglas. Capable of tilting up to 180 degrees, the elliptical-shaped 2 3/4-inch wide Alouette Light Louvers combine the best features of shutters, blinds, and shades in a soft cellular fabric. Notable for their ability to soften and diffuse light, these innovative custom window coverings are available in a range of fabric options and patterns—from translucent to room darkening—and feature head and bottom rails that pivot with the louvers to virtually disappear. (From $265) 800-274-2985.


Design Within Reach
Drawing on the rectilinear simplicity of 19th-century designs, the Otto Desk, by Spanish designer Ricard Vila, harmonizes shape and color with its vibrant red lacquered wooden base and dual-zone oak veneer and beechwood secretary-style cabinet. Up-to-date conveniences include cable management, telephone jack, electrical outlet, fluorescent light, built-in pencil holder, and long drawer to stash desk accessories. ($2,498) 800-944-2233.

The space savvy Wave desk is composed of a continuous surface that flows up and over itself forming a fluid, functional post for such essentials as a PC monitor. Made of molded plywood with a birch or walnut veneer finish over a metal tube base, this neo-modern staple measures a compact 26 (d) by 40 (w) by 29 1/2 to 35 (h) inches and is the perfect companion to the company’s Skool Chair, available in the same finishes. (Skool, $219 to $239; Wave, $599 to $699) 800-958- 6334.

Herman Miller
Designed in 1948 by Charles and Ray Eames, the molded plastic armchair has been reintroduced as part of the company’s "Get Real" campaign for design authenticity. However, this meticulous replication is not without 21st century enhancements. Two new colors—lime green and light blue—have been added to the original red, black, and white. In addition, the once fiberglass-reinforced plastic has been replaced with environmentally friendly polypropylene. ($299) 800-646-4400.

Reduced to its most basic form—four legs and a large work surface—the ATM desk system by Jasper Morrison provides numerous solutions for contemporary home offices. A single height adjustable frame accommodates any one of three powder-coated laminate tabletops, which has been engineered for cable management and such options as pivoting trays, file bins, binders, and lamp mounts. (From $1,675 to $2,370) 212-463-5700.
With its self-adjusting contoured form-sensing mesh back and foam-cushioned seat, the award-winning Liberty Chair was designed with the body in mind. In addition, the 50 percent recycled/95 percent recyclable, low-abrasion material is gentle on clothing. Outfitted with or without arms—fixed or adjustable—the Liberty is lightweight and available in three finishes and a range of mesh styles and colors. (from $955). 800.400.0625.
  Jiun Ho
Inspired by the Arts & Crafts style the Ji'an Desk is all about detail and proportion—with a subtle up-to-date twist. Featuring such traditional appointments as four drawers, a stationary tray insert, and a generous surface area, this beautifully crafted workstation, made of rift sawn oak, can be supplemented with an optional secretary that boasts eight additional letter size drawers for even more storage. (Desk, $9,700; optional secretary, $1,600) 415-437-2284.
If you need a modicum of privacy in an open space, the Slalom modular wall system will make a stylish room divider. Easy to assemble, the starter unit is comprised of two 71 1/2-inch high aluminum poles supported by stable metal bases and three 40-inch-wide panels available in a silver micro-hole steel, translucent, or maple (shown). Add-on sections include one pole and group of panels. (starter unit; $675 to $985; add-on; $435 to $745) 866-876-3300.
  Bernhardt Textiles
Taking its cues from the bold graphics of Scandinavian design and traditional Japanese patterning, the Winkraft Series Two collection includes four vibrant prints in 19 colorways and 10 solids. Woven in 100 percent cotton, the 54-inch-wide upholstery-weight fabric is available as yard goods or pre-made cushions to sit atop the line’s coordinating stool made of walnut dubbed Parallel. (Parallel stool, $215; cushions, $50 each; yard goods, $25 per yard) 877-639-0728.
  Glas Italia
The modular Platone bookcase is a clear winner with its tempered-glass shelves, 10 mm (approximately 1/3 inch) thick. Outfitted with or without a wooden base on black rubber castors, this unique storage unit is available in two widths measuring approximately 56 inches high by 20 inches deep by either 51 or 39 inches wide. To find a dealer in your area, contact I Moderni. ($3,485 to $3,837) 305.865.8577.



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