With offices closed across the country, many of us have been working from home for months. Some of us probably miss those co-workers-turned-friends, while others of us might be quite content not running into certain people at meetings and in the break room.
All these thoughts of office politics got us thinking—how would Michael Scott and the gang be handling working from home during the Shelter in Place ordinances?? (In Michael’s case, probably not-so-gracefully.) So, we challenged our Modsy designers to imagine the work-from-home set-ups of our favorite characters from The Office!
Keep reading to see how Michael, Dwight, Jim and Pam, and Kelly would decorate their home offices in 2020!
Michael Scott’s Home Office
Imagine Michael Scott while he was still the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin, but dropped into the 2020 pandemic. There would be no more last-minute meetings in the conference room. No avoiding work by wandering out into the office and testing out a couple new “that’s what she said” jokes. No hosting birthday parties every other week. We imagine that an extended bout of working from home would take quite an emotional toll on “the world’s best boss.” But we’d bet that there are quite a few spur-of-the-moment Zoom calls happening each day…
By 2020, Michael would have converted one of the spare bedrooms in his townhouse into a home office—gravitating toward transitional style with quirky touches. He would want his home office to feel cool—but he definitely wouldn’t be able to pull off a look that’s too edgy.
As someone who loves to combine work and play, his workspace is completely functional but his bookcases are filled with more “fun” items than work-related supplies—including his many Dundie awards, a magic set, and a whiteboard for motivational quotes. Always a nostalgic softie at heart, he’d also bring home Pam’s painting of the office and burn Jan’s candles (much to Holly’s dismay).
In the hopes that someone (other than Dwight) would swing by for a visit, we imagine he would have a carved hand-shape chair for them to sit in—and undoubtedly laugh his head off every time someone used it. Ultimately, his home office is all about feeling approachable and casual, since he always wants to be viewed as a best friend and a boss. (For the record, we’re pretty sure he’d be the first in the office to get coronavirus.)
Dwight Schrute’s Home Office
In 2020, Dwight wouldn’t mind working from home. In fact, he’d prefer it. The Schrutes always had superior immune systems—but there would be no point in mixing with the degenerates in the office who would just disease the rest of them. What he can’t figure out is how Jim continues to prank him, even from a distance—and now he can’t just run into Michael’s office or submit his weekly complaint with HR.
It’s no surprise that Dwight’s home office would have a very rustic Colonial farmhouse vibe. He was always proud of his old farmhouse and loved furniture with solid construction—specifically if it was made by the Pennsylvania Dutch!
He would undoubtedly have a solid desk in his office, positioned in a place of power. That’s why his desk would be floating and facing out into the room, with the stone fireplace behind him, a tiger rug beneath him, and the ability to look out over his “kingdom” (aka his beet farm) and make sure Mose doesn’t get himself into trouble throughout the day. And, for moments of repose, he’d have a simple rocking chair where he could sit and dream of someday becoming regional manager of Dunder Mifflin Scranton.
A lover of all things old, he’d also have nods to the past within his office—candlesticks, tractor gears on the wall, artwork of German bridges. And, of course, he’d have a few personal objects as well, like his Harry Potter wand, his Dundie awards, and, of course, his name plaque and Dwight bobblehead, which he was sure to grab before the office shut down!
Jim & Pam Halpert’s Home Office
Jim and Pam couldn’t be happier to be working from home together. They’re actually able to get work done without Michael constantly interrupting them—leaving much more time for scheming creative ways to prank Dwight from a distance. Plus, Pam no longer has to agonize over who left the microwave in such a mess (there’s only Jim to blame) and they also get to spend time with their children throughout the day, which they love.
Jim & Pam’s Style
We’re pretty sure Pam would be all in with a Chip and Joanna Gaines-inspired rustic farmhouse office in 2020. So, for their work-from-home set-up, we imaging Pam would have created a crisp, bright, and happy space that’s also cozy and family-friendly.
It’s a practical space, with side-by-side desks, but designed in a way that reflects both Jim and Pam’s passions and hobbies. And, though they have matching desks, they each have a chair that suits their personality. With personal photos, some sports memorabilia, a space for painting, and even the teapot Jim gave Pam for Christmas all those years ago, this is a space that’s personal and inviting.
Kelly Kapoor’s Home Office
Let’s be real: in 2020, Kelly Kapoor is probably long gone from Dunder Mifflin. Instead, she’s likely using her style savvy to run the influencer program at a tech fashion start-up. After all, she’s always known what’s hot.
Kelly is bold and fun—so it’s no surprise that her home office is a reflection of that. Would you expect anything less than a glam, chic, and bold feminine space for Dunder Mifflin’s resident Business B*tch? In 2020, Kelly would definitely still be dedicated to style, trends, and all things chic and modern. Her office is the manifestation of those things with a bold rug, pink upholstered chair, and chic acrylic desk.
With Ryan still at her beck and call, she often hosts “fashion shows at lunch” to show off her latest shopping finds and favorite trendy looks. And you know she’s the queen of Zoom happy hours!
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