Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work at Pearson Hardman, attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, or work for Miranda Priestly?
All of these people and places have truly spectacular offices that give us serious design envy. It’s true that the spaces we work in can make us more productive and more efficient; you would always be inspired by the views of New York, or the amazing people you work with every day.
We recreated some well known offices, turning them into 3D floor plans so you can see exactly how they’re laid out, how they make use of the space, and what unusual objects they contain.
Whether you need inspiration for your own office space, or you just love The Simpsons, we hope you can take something away from our #OnScreenOffices.
Christian Grey, Fifty Shades of Grey
Christian Grey, from the popular book trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey, is a billionaire and therefore a lover of all things expensive and luxurious. But his office is surprisingly sparse for a man with so much money. He has a large desk and an office chair for himself, and various other chairs and tables dotted around the room. The room might be so empty because he doesn’t want to distract from his amazing view of the city.
However, he does seem to be a fan of modern art. If you look closely on the right hand side of our floor plan, you’ll see the Ed Ruscha painting, Brother, Sister, depicting two boats sailing at an angle. A similar painting by Ruscha sold for $1.7 million. Grey also has two wooden statues, one that nearly touches the ceiling, and another shorter one diagonally across from it.
Like his name, his office is kept to a scheme of mostly grey.
Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada
Miranda Priestly is the fictional equivalent of Anna Wintour. She’s the editor of Runway, a high-end fashion magazine, and therefore her office is gorgeous. Magazines and books cover nearly every available surface, and she has a gallery wall of pictures.
She has plenty of fresh flowers adorning the surfaces, including orchids, calla lilies and roses. Miranda’s office is busy, but quite minimalist, keeping the general colour scheme to cream and black.
Her office definitely feels warmer and cosier than the empty space of Christian Grey.
Dumbledore, Harry Potter
Dumbledore's office is like a treasure trove; you almost don’t know where to look as there’s so much going on. The most notable aspect of his office is the hundreds of portraits that are hung around the room, all depicting previous headmasters and headmistresses.
His office is split into 3 tiers, and it’s an unusual shape as it’s built into one of Hogwarts’ many towers. The second tier is the one that seems to be used the most. It’s this one that has the huge bookshelves that tower up to the ceiling, as well as Dumbledore’s desk and the grand staircase that leads up to the third tier.
Look carefully: can you spot Fawkes the Phoenix?
Mr Burns, The Simpsons
Mr Burns is the second billionaire in this post. He is Springfield’s richest citizen and is known for being very selfish and self-centred (which you can see by the numerous portraits he has of himself). His office is based on the top floor of the nuclear power plant where Homer Simpson works.
Mr Burns’ office looks extremely empty on first glance. It’s mostly an empty room with a desk at the end of it. However, his office contains multiple trap doors that he can drop unwanted visitors through, and a suction tube in the ceiling that supposedly transports people to the Middle East.
His desk also has several important buttons that can release dogs, call security, and even trigger traps set around the room.
Harvey Specter, Suits
For anyone who watches Suits, you’ll know that Harvey LOVES his office. It contains a lot of his most prized possessions including a collection of signed basketballs and baseballs, a giant wall of records and, of course, Donna, his secretary and confidante.
He has a large leather sofa which is regularly used by clients during their meetings, and some unusual artwork that takes centre stage when Harvey is forced to sell it to earn money for the firm.
Glass is what really makes Harvey’s office. He has huge glass windows that give him an incredible view over New York, as well as glass walls and glass desks and tables. It’s ultra modern.
These #OnScreenOffices are so iconic and housed some of the best fictional minds of the 21st Century. Can you take some inspiration from the layout and objects based in these offices?