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Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Back-to-School: Finding the Right Desk

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Now that the school year is getting into full swing, it’s time to make sure your workspace suits you. In fact, even if you aren’t in school, check out your workspace and make sure it’s inspiring you to do your best and enjoy it as much as possible. We’ll start with some smashing contemporary desks. Here are six favorites – see if you (or your little homework-doer) are cut out for any of them. Enjoy!

Blue Dot Desk 51. You’re a minimalist, and you like fast cars, or at least, Matchbox cars. All you need is your laptop and everything else is in the cloud or in your head. This desk is powdercoated and glossy, sleek and clever. There’s also an extending keyboard tray/shelf that glides on metal/ball bearing side runners; you can’t even tell it’s there.

The OFFI Half Pipe Desk. You love to board, whether on pavement or snow, but you also like to put your feet up. You like to fidget and love having a few items close at hand. You’d rather make a diorama than write a report, you collect matchboxes (not matchbooks) and you love to curl up in a cozy nook. This desk has some cool curves, niches for stowing things and a footrest.

Stoller Works Yellow Frame Standing Desk. You are so tired of sitting at school all day that you need to stand. You dream of a career where you’re at a drafting table, designing a zero-energy skyscraper, a bridge, a new public park or a motorcycle like the one in Tron. While you embrace technology, you also have an appreciation for handmade things, and enjoyed using the jigsaw in shop class. This desk has a beautiful trestle sculpture and will keep you from succombing to a sedentary lifestyle.

The MASH Studios LAX Wall-Mounted Desk. You hate wasted space, probably because your room is tiny. You like hiding things between your mattress and your box spring, and have a particular affection for stash boxes that look like books. You love the concept of floating and you played with building blocks a lot as a kid. This desk mounts to the wall, saves floor space and combines walnut wood with powdercoated aluminum.

The Brave Space Design Delta Desk (shown: Maple). You’ve always been fascinated by airplanes, and you’re quite good at fashioning your own from paper and drilling your friends in the head with them. You’re a piler, not a filer and you prefer a good old fashioned corkboard to one on Pinterest. This desk has a very cool silhouette, and its sculptural wings serve as shelves.

The Blu Dot Modulicious Power Deskette. Legos were always your toy of choice. You tend to make a mess but like to be able to hide it with one sweep of your arm. You think Mike Brady was a dang good architect and wish you could have seen more of his work, and you think your Mom’s vintage Fisher Price A-Frame House was way under-rated. This desk has mid-century modern flair, yet it’s fresh, and you can totally customize it with fun colors on the drawers.

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Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Trends: Do You Stand At Your Desk?

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For the past few years the standing desk has been getting a lot of buzz. Determined to cure us of our sedentary lifestyles, health gurus advocate that we spend much less time sitting and stand, even treadmill our little hearts out, at  our desks.

image via FitSugar, read more about perching atop a stability ball here

So, are you a sitter, stander, kneeler or stability ball?  It’s odd, when I was in architecture school, we mostly stood but had adjustable drafting stools for those times when our feet needed a rest, but now that I’m on the laptop all the time, I feel like I have to create a lap to use it.

I know I need to change my ways; according to a 2010 article in The New York Times, “part of the problem with sitting a lot is that you don’t use as much energy as those who spend more time on their feet. This makes it easier to gain weight, and makes you more prone to the health problems that fatness often brings.” That is not cool. Not cool at all, and the trend is ramping up to the masses.

Stoller Works Station Table

Evan Stoller of Stollerworks has created several standing workstations, including the Station Table seen above. The great thing about these desks is that they are unobtrusive enough to serve as second workstations in an office. The even greater thing about them is that they very cleverly designed and look super-stylish.

Stoller Works Yellow Frame Standing Desk

If you work from home and a new desk isn’t in the budget right now, try adding a flat podium box or play around with other stands atop a high counter at home.

If you’re already a stander, good for you! Please tell us about it in the Comments section.

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Friday, June 24th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Friday: Inspring Workspace

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I find myself clicking “a fave” every time I see a great work space on Flickr; somehow no matter how hard I try, I cannot get mine to look as nice as the likes of this desk area, from flickr member and blogger The Style Observatory. Love the nautical charts, love the inspiration board, the flowers and the thought of plugging in my laptop in this spot. How’s your workspace? Share it with us in our Fresh New Spaces group.

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Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Organization Wednesday: The File Box

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Since our Co-Founder Drew has been all over the interwebs this week, I thought it was a good time to show his office organization tip. Take it away Drew!

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Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Organization Wednesday: Inspiration Board

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As you well know by now, I am always trolling the web for inspiring work spaces. I am very jealous of this one, by Designs by Shoshana. It’s so clean and organized that you don’t even notice that monolith of a printer! Did you even notice that the wall files are, well, on the wall, or that they are files? They seem to fit right into the composition of artwork. The white holder and simple manila folders help it blend right in as well? I have to say my favorite part of this room is that gorgeous inspiration board. It appears to be a frame full of glass cloth, with foam core or cork behind it.

image via houzz.com

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