Dezeen’s 10 best office interiors in 2021


We continue our 2021 review with a look at this year’s 10 most interesting office interiors, including a workspace that doubles as a wine bar and desk in a former 1960s medical lab.

Photo is by Joakim Johansson

Samsen Atelier, Sweden, by Note Design Studio

Stockholm-based Note Design Studio designed the office of Swedish digital technology consultancy Samsen to double as a wine bar – the preferred workspace for employees at Note’s request.

In response to demand, Note created a wine bar desk that includes both a large communal table and a bar with bespoke stools, cafe tables and upholstered benches. Natural materials such as wood and stone have been used to create a space in which people can both work and socialize.

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Circular Acoustic Ceiling Panels
The photo is by Hannelore Veelaert

AEtelier, Belgium, by Studio Anton Hendrik Denys

An industrial office building in Belgium was covered in saturated colors by Studio Anton Hendrik Denys in collaboration with Steen Architecten to create a “contemporary touch to modernism”.

The desk, designed for an IT company, has dark blue walls and teal carpet that’s offset by warm orange hues used for the seating and kitchen. Softer colors have been used for the company’s meeting rooms to give them a relaxed feel.

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Interior of Tesselschade family office in Amsterdam by Framework
The photo is by Kasia Gatkowska

Family Office in Amsterdam, Netherlands, by Framework

This workspace for a family business in Amsterdam has been filled with sculptural furniture and artwork, resulting in an office that has “the quiet vibe of an art gallery”.

Oak-paneled walls match the original wooden floors of the 1910s office building. Vintage furniture and a bespoke brass desk add to the luxurious feel of the space, which contains four private offices.

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Super wooden furniture in Pangea co-working by Snøhetta for Digital Garage
Photo is from Nacasa & Partners

Pangea, Japan, by Snøhetta

Norwegian studio Snøhetta designed the interiors of Japanese technology company Digital Garage’s Pangea coworking space in Tokyo, including ribbons of undulating wood that serve as desk surfaces and seating.

The “super furniture” curls throughout the space and was crafted from fragrant Japanese cedar. Dark floors, chairs and stools, and 534 hanging light bulbs complete the interior design of the office space.

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An office table in the Smithson Tower
The photo is by Lorenzo Zandri

Smithson Tower Office, UK, by DSDHA

A financial office in the newly renovated brutalist Smithson Tower, designed by Alison and Peter Smithson in the early 1960s, received an “intimate” interior from ConForm Architects.

The London-based practice divided the space into eight zones to create a minimalist office interior with partitions that line up with the columns on the perimeter facade.

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Office with grid interior in Amsterdam
The photo is by Lorenzo Zandri

Amsterdam office, Netherlands, by Beyond Space

Design studio Beyond Space used a colorful grid system to create a flexible office interior for a security company in Amsterdam.

The vibrating aluminum grid can be disassembled and moved, just like the walls of the office, allowing the customer to organize and reconfigure the space inside. Yellow, pink and green hues add striking pops of color to the otherwise white office interior.

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Artist's studio with parquet floor in a traditional Japanese house transformed into an office by DDAA Inc
Photo is by Kenta Hasegawa

Office in Maruhiro, Japan, by DDAA Inc

An 86-year-old house in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, has been converted into an office for ceramic brand Maruhiro by architecture and design studio DDAA Inc, which has made only minor touches to the interior.

The tatami floor was replaced with concrete to resist the wear and tear of office chairs, and the wall was covered with lauan plywood. A common glass desk is located in the center of the room.

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Paneled office in Texas
Photo is Casey Dunn

Design office, United States, by Clayton Korte

Texas-based firm Clayton Korte remodeled a 1960s office building in Austin that houses the studio’s own office and a landscape architect’s office.

The studio added larger windows and interior perimeter walls covered in industrial felt so they could be used for notice boards.

A new staircase with a steel stringer, exposed weld seams and oak treads sits at the center of the space, while wooden panels and plenty of green plants give the space a homely feel.

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Planted interior of Citibank Singapore
The photo is by KHOOGJ

Citibank Singapore, Singapore, by the Department of Design

This wealth management center for Citibank Singapore, which includes offices and meeting rooms, was designed as a “banking conservatory” by the Ministry of Design.

The aim was to create “an atmosphere where everything seems to flourish in a natural and lasting way,” the studio said, with garden pods being used as an alternative to traditional meeting rooms.

Plants chosen for the leafy interior include betel nut palms, lounge palms, and largeleaf arums.

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Fitzroy Street for Derwent London by dMFK
Photo is by Jack Hobhouse

Fitzrovia office, UK, by dMFK Architects

A mid-century medical laboratory in central London has been transformed into a flexible office space by dMFK Architects. The studio used smoked oak joinery and added a restored concrete staircase to create an office that was both luxurious and relaxed.

Swiss and Danish furniture and vintage lightings recall the history of the building from the 1960s, located in the Fitzrovia district of the city. It also features open shelves to divide the space.

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