Take a look at these famous people’s home offices. Who knows, they might inspire you to channel your own inner genius.
Have you ever wondered where famous literary works were written, ingenious ideas were hatched, where presidents held meetings or planned strategies, or simply where pop stars wrote hits while they were in their own homes?
In this article, let’s go on a walking tour on some of the world’s most celebrated home offices made famous by their equally prominent occupants.
This photo, taken in 2004 by TIME’s Diana Walker, shows the Palo Alto home office of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Jobs’s home office had brick floors that went quite well with the whitewashed brick walls. Unsurprisingly, he was using a 30-inch Cinema Display Mac Pro.
This photo by Steve Pyke showed renowned environmentalist and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore’s home office in 2007. Gore was using not one but three 30-inch Mac displays, while another display monitor was installed by the windows. Quite expected in an office of an activist and a brilliant mind, every available space is occupied by piles of paper, books, and all sorts of reading materials. The home office’s only edgy element is a colorful funky frog hanging on the wall.
As quirky as his much-loved novels Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The Witches, author Roald Dahl’s home office is a little brick hut situated on his garden. The place contained a bunch of interesting knick-knacks (his own hip bone and spinal shavings, for example), souvenirs, and gifts. Nobody, not even family members, was allowed to enter his writing hub. The place was his own sanctuary where he drew inspiration from the little props around him to create his wonderful stories.
Author of widely read works like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Samuel Clemens a.k.a. Mark Twain had several home offices as he’s known to had moved from one house to another. Pictured above are two of his writing sanctuaries: the first one in his New York home. Like Roald Dahl, he did most of his writing inside a hut that he built himself, which afforded him much-needed peace and quiet to write his now famous novels. The other photo was taken in his Hartford, Connecticut home where lived until his death. What’s common between photographs, however, is that piles of papers were stacked quite unneatly on both of his desks.
Charles Darwin’s home perhaps reflected the mind of the man behind the influential On Origin of the Species. Cluttered with notes made during his research, his shelves were lined with thick books, while tools and instruments were placed on every available space. Now a museum, Darwin’s house was purchased by English Heritage in 1996 and restored using funds from the Natural History Museum and Heritage Lottery Fund, among others.
John Lennon & Yoko Ono
English singer songwriter John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono preferred to have work done in a minimalist setup. The living room of their London home only had a couch (which doubles as a work desk while they sat on the floor) and a large table that functions as their writing desk. Apparently this kind of setup worked terrifically well for the creative couple.
One can say that the home of Ryan Seacrest is quite similar to the hit show he hosted for 14 seasons: gaudy and a bit over the top. Situated in Hollywood Hills, this Mediterranean-inspired villa houses one of the most personalized home offices anybody could find. Huge “R” and “S” (which stand for you-know-what) hang prominently, while a framed American Idol poster is displayed just above the fireplace.
Taylor Swift bought this Beverly Hills home in 2011. It features a classic, understated home office where many of the singer-songwriter’s hits may have been written. Although a golden cherub hangs from the ceiling and a quaint art work is plastered on the wall, overall the place might not be something average folks would expect from a pop singer.
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(Sources: time.com, lightbox.time.com, cultofmac.com, fortune.com, boingboing.net, fuelyourwriting.com, artofmanliness.com, lindamccartneyphotography.tumblr.com, architecturaldigest.com, bopandtigerbeat.com)