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October 30, 2013
Our current model of efficiency is the live-work space, and everyone deserves their own modern version. Hint: Keep it clean, clutter-free, and bright. Here are seven to inspire you to create your own happy, productive home office.
Manhattan live work loft

The oversize conference table in Bob Weinstein’s Manhattan live/work loft (like the cocktail table in the foreground) was designed by Jens Risom, and, he says, “supposedly came from the conference room of the Kinney Shoe Corporation.” Weinstein uses the table to display part of his Scandinavian pottery collection. Photo by Elizabeth Felicella. 

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Justin Reid
Originally appeared in A Mid-Century Manhattan Loft
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live work modern house

With a sizable portfolio packed with innovative home, restaurant, retail, and office design, Cara Cummins and Jose Tavel of TaC Studios took their strategies for their clients to their own home. When choosing a site, the dynamic duo felt passionate about staying in the neighborhood they were so dedicated to help transform—a central, historic Atlanta community once tainted by its industrial past and years of street crime. 

Originally appeared in 360 Panoramic Home Tour: Live/Work Oasis in Atlanta
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Cedar fence in Toronto, Ontario

Painter Kent Monkman’s Toronto house has a quiet presence, its front half hidden behind a fence of cedar two-by-sixes. Photo by Matthew Williams. 

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matthew williams
Originally appeared in An Art Studio That Would Make Picasso Jealous
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Andrew Monkman painting on wall

With broad expanses of white walls and perfectly modulated light, this space is the very picture of an artist’s studio—and it was crafted as carefully as Monkman’s mountain landscape. Photo by Matthew Williams.

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matthew williams
Originally appeared in An Art Studio That Would Make Picasso Jealous
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Modern dining room with long dining table and Jens Fager chair

Both a gallery and a residence, an Antwerp home redefines the boundaries between public and private, art and interior design. With the help of architect Bart Lens, Veerle Wenes and Bob Christiaens merged a 19th-century building with a 1970s one to create a combined home and art gallery in Antwerp. In the dining room downstairs, Wenes entertains family, friends, and gallery visitors. Photo by Tim Van de Velde. 

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Originally appeared in This House Proves Art Galleries Can Be Super-Friendly
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Door entrance with hanging images by Raw Color

Images by Raw Color hang in a room upstairs at the Antwerp gallery/residence. Photo by Tim Van de Velde. 

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Originally appeared in This House Proves Art Galleries Can Be Super-Friendly
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collectors choice poster graphic

In southwest England, interior designer and avid furniture collector Kathryn Tyler built her home around the vintage pieces she’d amassed over a decade. Photo by Andrew Meredith. 

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Andrew Meredith
Originally appeared in Just My Type
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Creatively organized library with multiple bookshelves

Clerestory windows in Tyler's design studio provide plenty of light, while built-in bookshelves and flat files offer ample storage. Photo by Andrew Meredith. 

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Andrew Meredith 2007
Originally appeared in An Obsessed Designer Fills Her Home with Vintage Finds
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Live-Work Home, Syracuse, New York

Richard Cook, a principal at Cook + Fox Architects, surveyed the Near Westside’s inventory of vacant structures and arrived at a conclusion that would guide the design of the Live Work Home. “The last thing in the world that the Near Westside needed was another house, whether it’s green or otherwise,” he says. “What it needed was a new prototype.” 

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© Richard Barnes
Originally appeared in Near Westside Story
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Artist Kii Arens live/work studio

Just the right amount of colorful clutter can inspire, as in the live-work space of Los Angeles artist artist Kii Arens. A stack of his work sits in the space's front window. Photo by Bradford Shellhammer. 

Originally appeared in Artist Kii Arens: Live/Work Studio
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Manhattan live work loft

The oversize conference table in Bob Weinstein’s Manhattan live/work loft (like the cocktail table in the foreground) was designed by Jens Risom, and, he says, “supposedly came from the conference room of the Kinney Shoe Corporation.” Weinstein uses the table to display part of his Scandinavian pottery collection. Photo by Elizabeth Felicella. 

Photo by Elizabeth Felicella. Image courtesy of Justin Reid.

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