Designers Created Garden Offices Inspired By Popular TV Series And Movies

Most of us have been working from home during this pandemic. That means we’ve had a corner in our home dedicated to our office. Some just open up a laptop in bed, some have a whole professional workstation, some just repurpose their gaming computer. Even so, most probably tried to make it nice and cozy, so that work hours would go smoother.

The designers from HouseholdQuotes decided to inspire some people and maybe even give some ideas on how you could decorate your office based on your favorite TV show or movie. They created the concept and 3D work, making 6 garden rooms that would be the offices of famous characters like Dumbledore or Michael Scott. Perhaps this will give you some fun ideas for your own workplace!

The creators told Bored Panda: “We realized that we’ve been working remotely now for over a year, escaping into our favorite TV shows – whose worlds are completely untouched by the pandemic. That got the HouseholdQuotes.co.uk team thinking: what might this past year have been like for some of our favorite on-screen characters? What if they were forced to work from home? We wanted to provide the ultimate design inspiration for office sheds by producing realistic renders of garden offices inspired by fictional characters, including Michael Scott and Mr. Burns. If some fans thought this project was cool, we did our job!”

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Michael Scott’s office (The Office US)

“Michael Scott is the Regional Manager at Dunder Mifflin, but let’s be honest, he doesn’t do a whole lot there. In fact, Jim once created a graph that showed Michael spends 80 percent of his time distracting others, 19 percent procrastinating, and 1 percent critical thinking. So perhaps with a garden shed for an office, Michael might actually… get some things done?

If you’ve seen The Office, the exterior of this garden shed probably looks familiar. Those classic, somewhat industrial greys, that boxy, office building shape. Everything about the design of this garden shed says: this is a place of business, a place where things get done.”

The creators told us more about how they made these edits: “For the interior images the team collected stills of the offices from each TV show as inspiration, plus Harry Potter. Based on those, the designers created digital renderings, being sure to make them as life-life as possible. For the exteriors, the team used photo manipulation techniques to take existing images of sheds and added finishing touches to them to make them match the style of the franchise, they were paired with.”

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“Inside this Michael Scott-inspired office shed, you’d have everything you need for a productive day of distributing paper: plenty of storage space, lots of desk space, those calming green walls… Of course, if you’re Michael Scott, you’d still find plenty to distract yourself with… Notice anything familiar here?”

Mr. Burns’ office (The Simpsons)

“Charles Montgomery Burns, a.k.a. ‘Monty,’ a.k.a., Mr. Burns, is the infamous and greedy owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. A lot happens in his office in The Simpsons: people falling through trap doors, being watched on monitors, and of course, that one time a portal to Hell opened up there. Would Burns have room to be so evil if he had to size down? (Probably so, yes.)

There’s no missing this garden shed office: it looks like a lawsuit waiting to happen. (Of which there are many in the show.) From the barbed wire fence to the bright yellow NUCLEAR warning sign, anyone approaching will know that Burns’ office shed is not a place to just walk into unless you want him to release the hounds.”

They also told us how they chose which TV shows or movies to do: “The team started by creating a long list of famous fictional offices: The Office, 30 Rock, Rick, and Morty… They gathered as many photos of these fictional offices as they could – both interior and exterior – and from there, narrowed their list down to a final six. These six were chosen largely because of how well-known the office and characters were.”

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“Burns’ is an office that screams wealth and importance: leather-bound books lining the walls, rich wooden surfaces, that classic purple velvet-topped desk. If Burns brought his work home, we imagine it would look much the same but slightly modernized. A marble polar bear, rather than his stuffed one; more subtle monitors to spy on his employees, and of course, a handy way to dismiss them if they start to get irritating.”

Don Draper’s office (Mad Men)

“Don Draper is the quintessential 1960s advertising exec. He’s dominant, driven, misogynist, and his diet is 90 percent whiskey and cigarettes. In the show, Draper’s office goes through changes over the years – in fact, he even moves offices at one point. So what would it look like if Draper had to move his office… into his backyard?

It’s hard to imagine Don Draper willingly working in anything less than a New York City highrise, but if he had to, we imagine it would be something like this: lots of big windows, tall, narrow, and looking out over a beautiful garden and pasture. Because the guy could use some calm.”

The creators share what they learned from doing this project: “We learned that distilling an on-screen office into a garden shed is trickier than it seems! The team did a lot of research to make sure that the interior and exterior images were packed with easter eggs for fans of the shows to find.”

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“The inside of this shed office is all Boys’ Club – much like Draper’s office in the City. No computer – it’s hard to imagine Don Draper ever acclimating to that, lots of wood and mid-century lines, and of course, what would a workday be like without a drink or three?”

Duke of Hastings’s office in Clyvedon Castle (Bridgerton)

“Simon Basset, a.k.a., the Duke of Hastings, is probably the person on this list most likely to acclimate to that Work from Home Lifestyle. After all, in Bridgerton, he does work from a home office… Of course, his home is a palace, and his office is about the size of a New York apartment. But if he had to work from a garden shed, at least it would be luxurious.

Simon’s office is all canary yellows and forest greens in the show, and so the exterior of this garden shed is designed to match. Of course, the hedges are not quite so polished and the trees not as well-groomed as at Clyvedon Castle, but we think Simon could make it work. Especially after seeing the interior.”

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“Once again, the green and yellow color scheme make the interior of this tiny office feel warm yet luxurious. The hints of gold in the accessories and the use of wood paneling, floorboards, and ladder reminiscent of a library’s, all add to that feeling of simple luxury. And, of course, it wouldn’t be the Duke of Hastings’ office without the homage to his favorite animal.”

Leslie Knope’s office (Parks and Recreation)

“Leslie Knope is the Deputy Director of Pawnee’s Parks and Recreation Department. She’s an overachiever and always rolls with the punches. We imagine she’d love this garden office shed – and if she didn’t, she’d certainly put a positive spin on it.

Just like Pawnee’s City Hall, this Leslie-inspired office shed is designed with perpendicular lines, double doors, and the label: Shed Hall. Rather than the grand stone steps leading up to the entrance, we have the garden shed slightly raised and surrounded by stones and a well-maintained yard – because she’s the head of Parks and Rec, after all.”

They tell us more about themselves and their projects: “HouseholdQuotes.co.uk is on a mission to help homeowners and tenants avoid paying too much for jobs in the home. They have helped over 50,000 people get quotes for almost every household job imaginable. They collaborated with NeoMam Studios to create this fun, visual piece of content they hope will entertain and inspire homeowners (and TV fans) around the world. Past projects have included Forgotten Heritage and Minimalist TV Interiors.”

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“Inside this office shed, we kept things pretty simple: grey color pallet, not a lot of clutter… Leslie does have a tendency to get distracted, after all. But it wouldn’t be a Parks and Rec office without some inspirational faces, a flag or two, and that one, random, treasured gift: ‘To Leslie. Sink that shot. – Larry B.’”

Dumbledore’s office (Harry Potter)

“Dumbledore’s office is a place of wonder. It is filled with magical glass trinkets, powerful objects, secrets, and of course, for many years, the wizard himself. It’s hard to imagine Dumbledore trading his beautiful Hogwarts office, atop the magically-moving spiral staircase, for something as small as a garden shed. But hey, there’s always an undetectable extension charm. Capacious Extremis!

The exterior of this office shed is Hogwarts Castle meets Hagrid’s hut. The lines are rounded, the windows are small, and there is certainly something magical about it. Surrounding the little offices are the lawn (where you’d probably see wizards lounging in between meetings) and Evergreen trees, much like those in the Forbidden Forest…”

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“Much like Dumbledore’s Hogwarts office, this one is all rounded lines and carved and beveled walls. Any wizard worth his salt would fill the space with books, plenty of glass bottles (many likely filled with memories), and that peculiar object in which to view those memories. The desk is also dotted with familiar objects (perhaps Fawkes was not around for this photo), and then there’s that ever-important gift from Gryffindor.

We’d love to hear any suggestions that readers might have for future projects similar to this. What TV shows would you like to see reimagined as a certain building or room? And what kind of living space should we tackle next?”

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