Design in Depth: Stylish (and Comfortable) Office Space

April 3, 2013


By Stacy Kunstel

After spending the past 48 hours in my office in front of the computer writing a story for the May/June issue of New England Home I have come to a huge realization. I HAVE GOT TO FIND A MORE COMFORTABLE OFFICE CHAIR! The one I’ve tortured myself on for the past two days is a beautiful little wooden piece of future firewood that I’ve draped a large flokati over (I was thinking it would soften it up a bit) that is simply too torturous for my delicate sensibilities (that would be an Edith Wharton word for buttocks). While we’re at it, I’d just like an office makeover at the same time. Really, if I’m going to spend more than five more minutes in that space I’ve got to get some curtains and a rug.

In my plot to procrastinate I headed to my Pinterest boards—the one entitled Yummy Home Offices for some inspiration.

I first noticed the butternut colored leather of this particular chair and thought how soothing it would be to sink into it, but let’s face it—come shorts weather I’d be sticking to this chair like caramel to a candy apple.

Photo courtesy of Sweet Paul

Of course these Lucite chairs would make any office space look chic, but the practicality? They look about as comfortable as what I’ve got, just more expensive.

Photo courtesy of

I do love the idea of a setee as an office seat like this one I saw in Elle Décor, but I’m actually afraid it might put me to sleep.

Photo courtesy of Elle Décor

This upholstered zebra patterned chair might have my number though. Comfortable and fashionable is right up my alley.

Photo courtesy of Décor Pad 

Likely the most famous office chair in the world is the Aeron Office Chair by Herman Miller. I have never sat in one of these chairs before, but they say it’s as comfy as it gets. Well as soon as Mr. Miller makes a chair that doesn’t look like he skinned an alien and put it on aluminum crowbars I might consider it.

Photo courtesy of Herman Miller

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