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Creating the Perfect Working from Home Space

Little did we realise in March 2020 that a whole new way of working – to a greater or lesser extent – was to be with us long-term.

Now with a second lockdown here in the UK, most of us who can are #WFH – working from home.

Almost everyone has optimised a room or corner of their house or apartment to create as comfortable, and most of all productive, a working environment as possible and for many of us this will be at least a semi-permanent solution.

If you are lucky enough to have a dedicated home office or study, a bespoke rug can really be the finishing touch to your WFH space or maybe you have secured the perfect light filled corner of your home and called it your own? A rug can also zone this successfully within a larger area.

Bespoke

As all Deirdre Dyson carpets are bespoke, size, colourway and design are all tailored to suit your particular interior requirements or aesthetic and where better to have a bold inspiring design than a home office?

Designs can be re-worked to accommodate any situation.  Here a version of QUILLS was redesigned by Deirdre to allow for partner desks.

A practical grey wool ground is brought to life with vibrant crimson and purple silk quills running down the centre of the room adding life and drama to what would otherwise be a bland, workaday office.

As custom designs, Deirdre Dyson rugs can accommodate architectural features and any practical necessities can be allowed for.  For example, floor mounted plug points can be accessed by cleverly concealed hand made and sewn slits in the finished rug which are executed by master craftsmen when the carpet is in situ.

With a bespoke rug your imagination can run wild and a bold design can enliven an otherwise uninspiring room or even lift the mood in a stressful situation.

Here Deirdre’s dramatic GOLDEN PHEASANT lends a gloriously Bohemian feel to this home working space paired with design classics such as a Platner chair and vintage brass desk.

Below Deirdre Dyson’s MANDARIN provides the perfect foil to this mid-century desk area.

In this project featuring our largest ever hand knotted carpet – Deirdre has adapted her TWILIGHT design to create the main focal point in the room.

The bold ox blood red reeded areas are picked up by the office chairs and armchairs.  This rug creates impact without competing with the glorious countryside outside the windows.

Luxury Underfoot:

Nothing compares with the feel of 100% Tibetan wool pile underfoot (with or without the addition of pure silk) and a home working space is the perfect place to indulge.

Practically, if a chair is on casters we suggest a lower pile height but given the density of our hand knotted designs (an incredible 100 knot per square inch) the luxe feel is not lost.

The importance of the sense of touch cannot be overestimated, especially in these challenging times.  Simple comforts and the grounding nature of wool underfoot also adds a sense of calm in a work space.

The warmth and softness added to a room by a hand knotted carpet is second to none, add pops of vibrant colour to the mix as is the case with UP and OVER  in the large office space below, and the result is concentrated but dramatic, adding a contemporary edge to this classic interior that could otherwise be austere and imposing.

Acoustic properties:

Lockdown introduced us all to the Zoom meeting and good acoustics are essential to online presentations.  Whether hosting or attending, being able to hear and be heard is crucial and spacial acoustics are a hugely important consideration.

Adding a rug can be an easy solution to help remedy an echoey space. 100% wool provides the perfect dampener for background noise and sound interference both inside and out.

The effect of noise on well being is remarkable, 51% of homeowners say that unwanted noise in their home has a negative impact on their wellbeing. (Source: Studio magazine issue 36 10.20)

Particularly on wooden floors, a high-quality rug can significantly reduce ambient noise and limit distracting sounds, helping focus the mind, create a productive work space and stress-free environment.


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The Platner Chair – A Modern Classic

A classic design is something that every time you look at it, you accept it as it is and you see no way of improving it

Warren Platner

Some of our favourite imagery from this year’s PLUMAGE Rug Collection photo shoot has to be these exquisite shots of Deirdre’s GOLDEN PHEASANT rug, styled by Louisa Grey and photographed by Michael Sinclair.

Elle Decoration described the above image as ‘Studio 54-esque‘ with the vintage brass desk sourced by Louisa and the iconic Platner armchair upholstered in dusky pink, picking up one of the vibrant wool grades in the carpet design.

The chair was originally designed for Knoll by Warren Platner in 1966 and is still in production today.

The striking sculptural form is created by curved steel rods on a semi-circular frame and is a classic of mid-Century modernist design, described by Platner as ‘decorative, gentle [and] graceful’

The construction is hugely complex and technically challenging – the bases are made of hundreds of rods, and for some versions, more than 1,000 welds are required in construction but the effect is simply stunning and has stood the test of time.

Platner was an American Architect and Interior Designer and designed up until his death in 2006.  One of his most famous interiors was the original Windows on the World restaurant on top of New York’s World Trade Center North Tower, which incorporated several different variations on this chair in the reception areas.

Described as looking like a ‘shiny sheaf of wheat’ in the original Knoll catalogue,  the structure adapted to love seat, stool and fully upholstered easy chair and ottoman versions which combined lightweight form with comfort.  The design was also adapted as tables with the same cylindrical base and even lamp stands in myriad different metals and finishes.