Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
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There’s nothing like a 3-day weekend to give you “a case of the Mondays” on a Tuesday. This got me thinking about office design, especially in the first and second tech booms. It became the opposite of the iconic cubicle culture where workers at Initech slaved away on the Y2K problem and TPS reports in Office Space. All of the sudden, offices were known for wandering masseuses, beanbag chairs and Foosball tables. Here are a few standouts from the next iteration of office design:
photos by Iwan Baan
These are Selagas Cano’s sunken glass offices in Madrid. The image of this office has stuck with me since I first saw it over on Inhabitat a year ago. It is oriented to make the most of natural light and woodsy view, though it must have a fishbowl feeling.
Over at creative agency Razorfish, they’ve banned any elements that remotely resemble the Initech cubicle culture. Instead, all workstations are flexible and impermanent, and comfortable seating for meeting and getting a change of scene are placed throughout the open office. They used a lot of modern and contemporary Vitra products to outfit the office. Read more about these offices over at Stylepark.
I’m having deja blog, as I think I’ve blogged about Airnb’s offices before, but it’s just so darn clever the way they’ve looked to their rental listings for design inspiration. Below, one is based upon a SoHo apartment and another is based on a Mushroom Cabin in Aptos, California. It’s a great excuse to bring in a wide range of design styles that will spark conversation and attract new recruits in the ultra-competitive startup arena. Go on the complete tour over at Business Insider.
My favorite is still Roger Sterling’s black and white mid-century modern office in the Time Life Building on Mad Men, fictionally designed by his super-stylish wife Jane.
photo property of AMC
What kind of office space works best for you? Leave us a comment and let us know!
Thursday, February 25th, 2010
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by Sayeh Pezeshki, The Office Stylist.
You’ve waited a long time and worked very hard for your own office. Whether it’s your own home office or a promotion at work, your office is something to take pride in. Messy desks, chipped furniture, over flowing letter trays, boring office supply pile-ups, and other office disasters say only one thing: “ I don’t care about my workspace.” If you don’t have the budget to get modern and stylish office furniture, what should you do? How do you tackle your office mess and make your office into a space that feels great to work in?
Here are three important tips to keep handy at all times.
- Straighten up your desk/office at the end of each workday.
This seems like an obvious task, yet everyone I have helped now and in the past has told me they never do this. Take just five minutes a day to put away papers, put your pens back in your pen holder, and throw away and trash that’s sitting on your desk or other areas. Be sure to do this every day, right before you leave your office.
End result: Fresh start when you come in the next day, as opposed to the messy start you’re used too.
- Remove all electronics from your desktop, except for your monitor and keyboard.
For some unknown reason, I see a lot of people love to put a giant printer, shredder, and other large electronics on top of their desks. I know that it is a little easier to reach on your desk for the sheet you printed out, versus reaching below it, but this is a large disruption in your work flow. Remove all electronics except for your keyboard and monitor, and put away in printer cabinet like these from Ikea, or other furniture store.
Having these items in cabinets will make your office look a lot more spacious and clear than before.
- Replace boring office items with modern office supplies
You may think you’re okay with manila file folders, plastic pencil cups, and other traditional office supplies, but think again. Replace your boring, manila file folders with a set of decorative file folders made out of sturdy material that will last longer than you’re used to.
Replacing little items like chewed up promotional pens, stacks of manila file folders, and plastic pen holders are a great way to make a change, without costing you an arm and a leg. Your desktop can still be professional (not boring!) while reflecting your personality.
Clearing your desktop and removing unwanted items will make a tremendous difference in how you feel at your desk. If you were feeling overwhelmed before, clutter may have been a contributing factor. Making small changes will make a big difference in your work environment and the way that you work. If you’re happier sitting at your desk 40 + hours a week, then you’ll reflect that in your work too.
About Sayeh: Recognized as a 2010 Internet Retailer “Hot 100 company,” SortingwithStyle.com is part of a multi-platform media brand created by two time entrepreneur and TV personality Sayeh Pezeshki, “The Office Stylist,” who provides office styling services, consulting and personal shopping for private and corporate clients. For daily tips, insight and items to transform your workspace, visit www.theofficestylist.com
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Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
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O.K., so these table legs from Home Depot are not all that sexy. However, ever since I admired Priscilla Locke’s studio a few weeks ago I have had them on the brain:
from The Locker
My cryptic notes on this picture source say “colombe steven via destoinsp” This means I swiped it from Desire to Inspire, but I’m not sure about the rest. Let me know if you can help me clarify!
My notes here:francesca harris sunset WS. I think I’ve decoded it – photographer name, magazine (Sunset) and WS means “Work Space”!
From Living etc.
Notes here: “cordelia de castellane ws hg” House & Garden?
from Natural Curiosities
from Living etc.
from Nate Berkus
Here are a few cuter cheap versions if you want to try the look out yourself. The yellow one is from Home Depot, and the silver ones are from Lowe’s.