Inspiring Work with Isabel Quiroga

I am always collecting photos of things that inspire me.  This isn’t limited to the fashion realm, but is encompasses anything that strikes my fancy.

Lately, I have been obsessed with workspaces.  When we moved to Chicago I vowed to have a productive workspace up and running.  After all, I do work from home and traveling between the sofa and the dining room table (although quite large) doesn’t seem like the most productive option.

Unfortunately, the workspace kind of got put on the back burner with the discovery that there would be three of us living here instead of two.  With the extra room being dedicated to baby, my office area will stay in the main living room.

The challenge, consequently, is to make the spot both functional and visually stimulating (for work and public consumption).

So, when I stumbled across these photos of these Isabel Quiroga designed desk and shelves (named ‘Storyteller’) I couldn’t help but become intrigued!

I love the reuse of the coffee tables.  By painting all the pieces a single color there is congruency and the wall instillation maximizes vertical space without looking like a warehouse.

I would love to do something like this in our living room!  Hmmmm… now only to convince Lukus it is a good idea…

Tell me what makes a great public workspace?  Do you like the Isabel Quiroga design?


Images via Isabel Quiroga website check out this and more of her interior designs HERE.


  1. I love the look of it – though I’d probably go with a different color (I”m very into turquoise right now). I’d also like to see more of a variety in the style of the table’s legs (*none* alike – I’m a fan of mismatched stuff :-) The only question I would have is there enough actual desk space? I’d arrange the tables so I had a larger work area (I also like to spread a lot of stuff out – and am, unfortunately, a “stacker”).
    But I love the creative, unexpected look of it. My first thought was “Ooooo… Where can I do *this*! :-)

  2. I love this idea ……I too am a fan of mismatched stuff… and must say, that I love the Queen Anne Legs…. but would definitely choose another colour… for me – a dark deep red!

  3. The design above is very interesting. At the moment my workspace is a hotel, but my real space has silver and yellow accents, it has to be clean and neat, even with tear sheets scattered they have somewhat order, haha!I like to have bright colour in my official office space though.

  4. This design is really awesome; I love it! I have been trying to create a workspace as well, so your post came at just the right time. When we moved into our home, a selling point for us was that it had three bedrooms; one for us, one for my fiance’s daughters, and one for me, me, me! I work from home as well, and I also predominantly work at my dining room table, with some weekends spent on the couch in front of the television. I need a space to create that is decorated by me, to my taste, and with things that inspire me to be creative and productive. We just gutted our back bedroom and laid down a new floor to create an awesome, bigger bedroom for the girls, and then it’s time to start creating a dream workspace for me in the smaller bedroom. I am so excited, and also a little up in the air about what I’m going to be doing in it. So far, I have some awesome purple paint that I plan to do the walls in. Kind of like the purple of the tables in those images. I find it to be a really calming and just beautiful color.

  5. It’s definitely an interesting idea but as clutter in the office is the bane of my existence, I tend to want things as streamlined as possible, so for me, I look for pieces that have lots of drawers so I can store things without having it all out on public display.

    Can’t wait to see what you end up with. Have a great weekend!
    xo Mary Jo

  6. I like it because it’s all concept and principal. I would have picked a different color, and my room might be a different width. Goodness knows I would probably not be able to find the same pieces. But I can do it.

    My only concern would be falling deeply in love with it and moving and the pieces not being compatible with any wall in the place.

  7. I love that color.

  8. I can’t wait to see what you end up coming up with. I like this idea, as well. It’s unique.

  9. Those are cool shelves! I have a friend who works in her living room. The spaces is simple and uncluttered, but it wouldn’t work for me with all my markers! I’d need a case with doors I think, to hide all my work stuff behind.

  10. How unique!! I love the color choice.

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