I have a long history reporting on corporate office design and on the emerging telecommuting and home office market in the 1990s. (Here’s a recent article I wrote on office design.) From 1990 to 1998, worked as a senior editor at Interiors Magazine. There, I covered the entire commercial/contract and residential furniture market, became an expert in the emerging telecommuting and work-at-home world, moderated panels on the subject, spoke on the subject, then went on to author (and contribute to) numerous books on the subject. After freelancing about home office design for Home Office Computing Magazine for years, I was then asked to become a staff senior editor at the magazine where I worked from 1998 to 2001.
In 1999, McGraw Hill asked me to write a “different” book about the home office. Practical Home Office Solutions was published. (Update: Marilyn has secured the rights to the book, is updating it, and will release it on Amazon in 2018.)
Here’s one comment about Practical Home Office Solutions (and no, I didn’t write this comment on Amazon!)
By A Customer on July 16, 1999
I am now planning to work at home so I wanted to read the books on the home office to see where to start. I liked the title, because it includes the word “practical” which is exactly what I was looking for. The book has a no-nonsense approach to planning a home office. I especially appreciated all the comments from regular folk who work at home, all the problems they had and the solutions they found. The book covers how to work at home, how to overcome isolation, how to find inexpensive furniture–I looked up a furniture liquidator in my town as the author suggested, and will buy my desk and chair from there at half the price I expected to pay elsewhere! I didn’t even know these stores existed so I’m grateful for the book’s advice.
I’ve been tapped to do write a variety of projects on home office design, including a contributed chapter in Pottery Barn’s Home Book, and an in-depth research piece on the home office furniture market for Consumers Digest Magazine. For that particular article, I spent half a year entrenched in the furniture marketplace to determine popularity of certain designs, emerging trends, and future opportunities in the work-from-home arena.
SELECT PUBLICATIONS I WAS NOTED IN ABOUT THE HOME OFFICE:
- Can Your Office Chair Improve Creativity? Quartz News
- The Office, Housebroken The New York Times
- Build Your Dream Workspace Business Week Magazine
- A Little Work Can Spruce Up Your Office at Home USA Today
SELECT PRESENTATIONS I GAVE or MODERATED:
- “Budgeting 101: Learning to Face Your Finances,” Reinvent Your Financial Future, FINRA/Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association, Fairfield, CT April-July 2012 (series of three workshops)
- “Achieving Strategic Advantages from Telework,” New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business and Telecommuting Advisory Council, New York, October 1997
- “Considering Telecommuting and Alternative Office Space,” National telecommuting Advisory Council, New Jersey Chapter, New Jersey, October 1995
- “Productivity in the Workplace,” AOX: Alterative Office Exposition, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, September 1995
- “Creating a Telecommuting-Friendly Office Space,” Strategic Research Institute’s Telecommuting Plan Workshop, New York, July 1995
- “How Will a Telecommuting Program Affect Your Client’s Needs?” University of California, WestWeek 95, Los Angeles, March 1995
Below: A throw-back to 1996 when home office furniture was a “new” category at NEOCON, the furniture trade show at the Chicago Merchandise Mart where I was a judge for the competition and wrote the piece in Interiors Magazine: