Co-working spaces offer an alternative to spending the nine-to-five in a dull desk cubicle. Interiors reporter Natasha Levy selects seven unusual examples from across the globe, including a shared office in a former distillery and a women-only workspace in New York.
For the third outpost of women-only co-working space The Wing, interior designer Chiara de Rege created a series of homely work rooms furnished with plush, pastel-hued chairs and pendant lamps.
Tall shelves displaying colour-coordinated books can be pushed back to reveal hidden doorways.
Diamond-patterned stained glass screens divide up this co-working space in north London as nod towards its past as a Methodist church.
Surman Weston purposefully kept the rest of the interior simple, with white-painted walls, oiled oak floors and plywood furniture.
Ping-pong tables with bright yellow boards for nets add a splash of colour to the otherwise industrial setting of this co-working space in Mexico City.
The office, which was formerly a factory, features concrete columns cinder block walls, and tall glass partitions – beams of black metal have then been used to form a reading nook at mezzanine level.
A rich mix of blackened wood joinery, green leather chairs and Verdi Alpi marble walls appear inside the private meeting rooms of this shared workspace in San Francisco.
Contrast is offered in the bright communal areas, which have baby pink cabinetry and light timber tables.
Czech practice Kogaa brought this 19th-century distillery back from the brink of demolition by transforming it into an understated co-working space.
Left largely untouched during the renovation process, the office features crumbling walls, exposed ceiling beams, and even a drinks bar in its disused elevator shaft.
Minimalist Danish furniture appears throughout the formal and casual workspaces of this shared office in Antwerp.
The greenery-filled building’s internal layout was inspired by the experience of walking along New York’s High Line, and is intended to allow visitors to “discover something new” upon each visit.
The Nest, Poland, by Beza Projekt
Beza Project forwent a typically bland office colour scheme and instead covered the structural columns of this Warsaw co-working space with marbled turquoise wallpaper to create a club-like atmosphere.
This is heightened by feature walls clad in shimmering blue tiles and copper-edged desks.