Office Space

Niki D'AndreaApril 1, 2013
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Be your own boss with these studious and sharp home office offerings.

“The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.”

Or so said late poet Robert Frost, who ironically wrote his best-known works from the comfort of a home office. There’s something to be said for work done on one’s own terms and turf, and that turf – whether it’s a classic library look or a college dorm-meets-corner-space vibe – says something about its occupant. The desk is the focal point of your office, and since it’s where most people spend their workday, it’s important to find one that’s ergonomic and looks great. For a one-of-a-kind custom artisanal desk, consult the craftsmen at Valley-based Linear Fine Woodworking. The design team is led by third-generation woodworker Allan Rosenthal, one of Phoenix Home & Garden’s Masters of the Southwest for exceptional design. Rosenthal works with exotic woods like ribbon sapele (used in the office unit pictured above) and mahogany chenille to create epic escritoires with detailed inlays and veneers pressed on-site in Linear’s studios. Great care is taken with every detail, and Rosenthal swears he’ll never sacrifice quality for quickness. “We do everything custom from top to bottom,” he says. “We specialize in high-end cabinetry and woodwork.”  

Once you’re set on the desk, spruce it up with a wide range of unique home office accessories from Practical Art. The central Phoenix store stocks only handcrafted items made by local artisans, many of which are constructed from reclaimed and found objects. Woodturner Richard Altenhofen frequently uses desert ironwood and olive woods for his line of desk accessories and writing instruments. Husband-and-wife artisans Devin and Lisa Kelley use scrap skateboard decks and parts to create everything from belt buckles to lamps. “Some people rescue aluminum cans,” the couple writes in their artist statement. “We rescue beautiful, once-loved skateboards from landfills.” The fused-glass creations of another couple, Jeff and Marnie Brookins, provide punches of color for any office. “The color, depth and versatility of glass allow us so much creativity,” Marnie Brookins says. “Most of our pieces are functional and designed to bring beauty and fun to everyday items.”

“Fun” isn’t a word often associated with offices. Robert Frost also said, “By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work 12 hours a day.” But if your office is comfortable and customized – and right down the hall from your bedroom – “stepping into the office” can be a rewarding and oft-indulged experience.

ModLoft bookcaseThis hardwood bookshelf with stainless steel supports measures 51 inches long and 67 inches high, and can act as a natural partition between adjacent rooms or a conversation piece on its own. There are four shelves with 14.5 inches between each, and the unit is available with walnut wood or white lacquer finishes. Imported from Venice, Italy. $1,050.
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7147 E. Rancho Vista Dr., Scottsdale, 480-941-8192,
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  Lotus clockMake the most of your time with this polypropylene plastic clock, designed in a dramatic lotus flower pattern. Measures 19.5 inches around and 2 inches deep. Available in white, black or brown. $165.
2b Mod
7147 E. Rancho Vista Dr., Scottsdale, 480-941-8192,
Ekornes Stressless Magic ?office chairEndorsed by the American Chiropractic Association, this Norway-made chair is built for comfort, with perforated foam molded directly over the steel frame, flexible springs beneath polyester fiber cushions, and high-quality leather. The chair, which comes with a 10-year warranty on the internal mechanism, provides 360 degrees of smooth movement and measures just over 32 inches wide and 43 inches high. $3,495.
Copenhagen Contemporary ?Furniture
1701 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-266-8060,
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  XtremeMac InCharge X3 charging stationRe-juice your electronics with this sleek charging bay, which provides 10 watts of rapid charging for each of its three docks. It plugs into a standard wall outlet, and LED indicators let you know when devices are fully charged. $99.95.
Apple Store
15169 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
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Picture framesWhether you’re framing art, photos or certificates, Paradise Picture Frame (a Hall of Frames company) has what you need. With thousands of frames in stock and more than 3,500 custom frame choices, their team of framing artisans will be happy to help deck your home office walls.
Paradise Picture Frame
4710 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix
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Practical Art
5070 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

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  Ceramic double-walled vase
Handcrafted by Alan Jones, this stoneware clay vase features carved designs with glazes along the lip and interior. Measures 5 x 11 inches. $60.
Pencil cup and pensMade by Richard Altenhofen, this pencil cup ($25) holds a stylus pen made from olive wood (right, $39) and a pen made from ironwood (left, $29).
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Clockwise from top left:

Reclaimed skateboard lamp
Devin and Lisa Kelley constructed this 23-inch-tall lamp from reclaimed skateboard decks. $75.

Multi-colored bowl
This thick translucent glass bowl speckled with bits of colored glass was made by
Marnie Brookins. Perfect for cradling candles or holding office supplies. $75.

Metal picture holder
Made by Kevin Hummelgard, this picture frame is powder-coated and accented by a red sphere and red hexnut magnets. Measures 10 x 12 x 5 inches. $65.

Letter openers
Custom letter openers add a touch of class to any office. These were made, from left to right, by Lee Zierten ($28), CAT Cunningham ($42), and Andrea Zampella ($40).