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32 Enviable Workspaces, Offices, And Studios

Most of us spend eight hours a day or more at our desks, and yet many never take the time to make that space as interesting, beautiful, comfortable, or personal as our living areas. Take these diverse work environments as inspiration for creating a space that fits you perfectly.

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4. The Power Play

Via Flickr: schodts

Three computer monitors topped with a wall-mounted flat screen. A lamp, a calculator, and a pen mug complete the simple but effective look. This kind of setup allows multi-tasking information addicts to work distraction-free

5. An Artist Poet's Dark Retreat

Via fromyourdesks.com

Writer/artist Austin Kleon keeps two desks: one for "analog" creation of his pieces, and one for his computer and digital manipulation. This space isn't fixed up or fancy-pants, but it looks like Kleon has figured out exactly what he needs to make the most of his space and his time.

7. Intense Focus

Via adrian-tomine.com

Graphic novelist Adrian Tomine's work is incredibly beautiful, precise, and detail-oriented -- so it's no surprise that the desk where he creates his artwork is clean and clutter-free. Sometimes, functionality trumps fancy design.

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8. The Black Backdrop

Via amerrymishapblog.com

This home office utilized chalkboard paint, available at any home improvement store. The striking black wall frames the computer with a handy calendar, and is ready and waiting for urgent notation.

9. The Compact Techsplosion

Via apartmenttherapy.com

College student Haku has packed this small space with three monitors, high-end audio components, and vinyl toys. He is an illustrator and he finds his three monitor set-up invaluable for working.

10. Stacks Of Books

Via Flickr: jeremylevinedesign

This home office feels both workable and personal, with touches like the towering stacks of books and the black globe in the corner providing just enough to make it "yours" without overwhelming. Lovely.

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25. The Bedroom

Via Flickr: clockspot

In an ideal world, we'd all have extra rooms to devote to designing adorable offices, but this isn't that world. Flickr user Clockspot has managed to bring his desk to his bedroom without taking away from the homey welcoming vibe of the entire place. It's a difficult feat, but it can be done.

27. Creature Creator

Via wherewedowhatwedo.com

If you do something extra-special, like make monsters, it makes sense for your space to be designed with that thing in mind. Surround yourself with a reminder to do what you love and what makes you special.

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32. Just Go With It

Via guardian.co.uk

Some people are just not born organizers and they never will be. In some cases, it might be best to simply be at peace with the chaotic nest of ideas and information. Author Marina Warner is one of those people, and this is her strangely beautiful, cluttered writing space.