Office Design: when office furniture is weird, wacky and wonderful
We dedicate our first literature round up of the year (you can read last month’s round-up here!) to the ever-changing world of office furniture. While you may sit on a black chair and use a white desk, plenty of furniture designers around the world are creating items to try and change that. If you think you’ve seen it all before, think again! Enjoy!
- The Favourite Office Chairs of 28 Companies from Etsy to Microsoft via FastCoDesign. “Twenty years ago, a “nice” office chair was a moderately priced, if objectively hideous, task chair that didn’t crush your lumbar spine. Today, as companies eschew cubicles for workplaces that feel more like living rooms, you’ll find classic Eames lounge chairs, hot pink Fabio Novembre Nemo chairs, and everything in between. Chairs have become showpieces, embodying both new workplace ideals and how a company wants to be perceived. You are what you sit on.”
- 9 weird pieces of furniture that’ll cure the dullest offices via Wired “Designers still maintain that considered office spaces can make for happier, more productive employees. Listed here are nine of the most recent, and promising, workspace solutions.”
- This $5,900 chair may be the tech world’s new key to productivity via The Chicago Tribune. “Che Voigt believes his company has solved problems that have plagued the working world since the advent of typing.It’s a solution to hunched backs, stiff necks and tight shoulders. It’s a workstation that, with a push of a button, transitions from a standing desk to a seated table to a fully reclined platform like a dentist’s chair. Its seat expands and retracts, supporting the whole body from head to heels. Its desk moves up, down and rotates. There’s a screen and mouse and keyboard that follows the user’s eyes and hands. It’s the way of the future, he says; the most comfortable you can possible be working at a computer. And it starts at $5,900.”