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Ways to Pimp your Office

Heather Sterling - Monday, August 01, 2016

Originally written by Alexander Kjerulf

 

 Google office: Courtesy of Home Sharing.

 

 When your office was furnished, did the shopping list go something like this:

              -One desk. Gray. 

              -One ergonomic office chair. Black. 

              -One waste paper basket. Gray plastic. 

              -One filing cabinet. Gray. 

 

You know - the usual stuff. Typical. Traditional. Boring! 

 

I'm not going to claim that a fancy desk or a weird chair is going to magically improve your creativity and productivity - but I am sure, that all that sameness and eternal corproate grayness, does nothing good for your ability to come up with great new ideas. 

 

There are some ways to spruce up a workplace that may actually inject some color and fun into your work environment. 

 

Got Milk?

 The Milk desk is a new design to match your Apple gear with it's white surface and rounded edges. It lowers and raises electrical, it has ways to hide the cable clutter, and it also has four compartments at one end that can be configured for storage, trash or yes, as an aquarium.

  

 

 Partition Magic

Softwall is a great way to flexibly partition a room. It's made of paper with a felt core, and I love it because it doesn't eat all the light in the room (if you go for the white one). It can be twisted into just about any shape or rolled up when you don't need it and it dampens sound more than most room partitions. Plus it looks amazing!

 

 

 

Bean Bags

Bean bags look great and can be used in a million different positions. Four bags and a coffee table and you have a great meeting room! 

 

 Google office: Courtesy of Home Sharing.

Art Tables

These unique one-off tables were created by artist, Marie Westh, first for exhibitions and then later on as usable art pieces. Check out Marie's website with many more weird and fantastic creations.

 

 

 

The Upshot

So is it the furniture that determines whether a company is creative and fun or staid and boring? Of course not! But the type and variety of furniture does reflect the mood at the company. if you have row upon row of identical, gray desks and chairs then odds are this is not the place wild ideas are born.

 

And why exactly is it that everyone must have the same desk and chair? Why not let people choose for themselves, and give them a chance to create and environment that suits them. The resulting variety may be confusing to those who think that business is about structure, order and control...but it's sure to be more stimulating and fun for those of us who think that work is about being happy. 

 

 

 

 




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