Get The Look: The Vintage Home Office

“Working from home is a modern trend, with so many of us enjoying the flexibility this brings us especially when managing our own business. With the arrival of the home computer in the 1981, internet in the early 1990s and efficient broadband in more recent times, having a study or home office has never been so popular.

Picture 010Photo by Simon Whitmore for FW Media

In the 1930s father would have sat at his desk in a smaller room or corner of the living room but this was only in very affluent homes. Unlike today the lady of the house would not have used this space, nor would the children. By the 1980s homes would make a smaller room downstairs into a working space with a desk in. The telephone would be positioned here so families could at last have some privacy after years of sitting in the hallway.

At this time office stationery became colourful with bolder shapes and styles; the in-tray turned from grey to bright red almost overnight and the desk top calculator became the must have work accessory.

-Style Your Modern Vintage Home by Kate Beavis

One of our favourite and best selling items here at Your Vintage Life are 1950s-70s dressing tables with the mirror removed to make a desk. Another popular desk is a wall unit with pull down bureau – it doubles up as a bookcase, storage and a desk. We have had one in our home which was featured in the book.

Here are some available right now.

retro bureau desk

retro G Plan desk

retro danish bureau deskretro deskTo finish the look you need a great lamp such as this Anglepoise

vintage angelpoise lampa great chair

retro office chairand finally a great letter rack for your papers.

vintage letter rackAll are available in our shop. Do you have a retro office…we would love to see your photos!


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