Thursday, October 30, 2008

enook fold-away wall desk by anthro

Anthro Enook

Anthro appears to be making the mother of all fold-away wall desks. If you've been following along on my fold-away wall desk journey then you too know that we have reached fold-away desk nirvana. Best of all Anthro seems to have a firm idea about what you would actually do with one of these things.

Antrho Enook

They offer an eNook, and an eNook Pro. The Pro comes in a laptop model and a CPU model - yes, it actually has a rack that hangs below that can accommodate a compact CPU. They all have room for a power strip that lives in an accessory compartment below the desktop and they can be fit out with additional shelves for cell phone charging stands, ipods, GPSs or any other small rechargeable gadget you live with. The Pro models are available in two sizes, the larger one being 3ft wide. Wow, thats beginning to sound like you could actually work at one of these.

Antrho Enook

eNook
eNook Pro

home workspace on flickr

gayle's desk

Like the division between work bench and computing area, and a peg board that would make my dad proud. Hmmm, with a mobile desk and a 24" deep shelf just above desk height this could transform into a great vertical desk set up.

Gayle's Desk

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

fold away wall desk, ikea

Ikea PS fold away wall desk

Ok - I admit that I'm actually looking around for these things now! Right now they sort of look like a solution in search of a problem, but I'm curious about them so I'm following my instinct. Tell me, how and where do you use these?

Here is Ikea's offering into a small fold away wall desk, and its a bargain. $60 gets you this steel lockable desk, perfect temporary desk, or laptop stash in your waiting area.

Ikea PS fold away wall desk

Ikea PS fold away wall desk

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

concept desk on unplggd

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Unfortunately this is just a prototype, but it looks like a really great concept for a desk. The key feature is a modular bin system that allows you to change out the storage capabilities of the desk. It also has tilting work surfaces at the front, and a spot to locate your video display and contain the cable monster under the desk top.

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The link trail leads back to industrial design student Thomas Broen. More power to this clever designer. To me this looks like a product I would find at Ikea and it would not have surprised me at all if that was what I read about it. Its a fairly simple product that would lend itself to knock-down. It supports a small range of accessories which lets customers personalize the way that they use without a giant investment in "systems" furniture. Are you reading Ikea?

Table Desk concept on Unplggd

outliers, a new book by malcolm gladwell

Outliers

Covered today in the Dwell blog Malcolm Gladwell's new book seems like it will cover some ground related to our focus here at workalicious. The book is about success and what leads to it, and it sounds like its going to touch on the role of the workplace in at least some aspects:

Next, a person's performance itself. For quite different is the use of design to effectively make human pursuits successful. "The thing that's useful about design is that it can help us match environments to moods or tasks or states of the mind," Gladwell suggests. His mathematician father, for example, was a professor who worked out of his study at home. The room was a "deliberately constructed space" that had to suit his pursuit for precision, use of imagination, and requirement for an "elegant, simple, clean place to make that kind of thinking possible. Design is more than a mater of taste; it has a cognitive and emotional function."

Gladwell is the author of two other intersting books, Tipping Point, and Blink. If you have read either of them you know he has a way of drilling into ideas like this and distilling them to something you can easily take away.

Outliers on the Dwell Blog

Outliers on Gladwell.com

Monday, October 27, 2008

sandbox suites, co-working office in san francisco

Sandbox Suites

Located in a 4500 sqft loft space in San Francisco, description from their site:

Sandbox is a co-working space for freelancers, entrepreneurs and anyone in need of a flexible and affordable place to work or meet. Conveniently located at 123 10th St. in downtown San Francisco, our open-plan facility offers hot desks, private desks, a comfortable lounge with an espresso service, conference rooms, and a company of like-minded professionals.

Sandbox Suites

Sandbox Suites

joyn desk system by vitra

Vitra Joyn

Vitra really makes several of these "Big Table Desking" systems but I think Joyn is my favorite. First is is the most open in terms of feeling like a big table - there are no predetermined horizontal divisions and you can make each work station as big or small as you wish. It also has the power and accessory rail along the center which gives each workstation as much utility as a cubical. And it has legs with a saw horse vibe!

Vitra Joyn

Vitra Joyn

From the Vitra web site:

Design: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

Joyn is more than a piece of office furniture. Joyn is the office – and also a management tool in a time of cultural change. Joyn condenses a diversity of spatial functions on a single plane: the platform. With its mobile and modular structure, Joyn adapts spontaneously to changing demands and technologies. It initiates new, productive forms of work based on communication and co-operation.

The decisive factor for planning a Joyn configuration is the number of required workplaces. This determines the number and size of platforms to be used. The Joyn platform is the central unit of the system. With a wide range of practical accessories and sophisticated solutions for power access and wire management, Joyn is an extremely flexible system that can be easily reconfigured. Joyn is simple to use but as sophisticated and complex as the problems it helps to solve.

Vitra Joyn

Vitra Joyn

Friday, October 24, 2008

currency by steelcase

Currency by Steelcase

I feel like I'm cutting Steelcase some slack here because this is the closest thing to a Big Table desk I see from them. And I really don't think this system is walking the walk. But I can't fault them for that - they may not see this pattern of desking as a viable format. I disagree though...

Currency by Steelcase

Currency by Steelcase

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

ad one desk system by vitra

Ad One by Vitra

What? Another Big Table Desking system from Vitra. Yes indeed, they have a bunch of white minimal looking big table systems. I can't explain it - there must be something going on, people working this way. What's different about this one? Vitra is anchoring the big table here with storage units on one or both ends. A streched fabric divider provides some privacy, but there is more there than meets the eye.

Ad One by Vitra

The divider looks rather minimal, but the understated appearance hides a number of functions. A tack surface is embedded along the top edge letting you tack items up along the divider. Also the top edge of the divider provides a bearing surface for a series of hanging accessories. File shelf, bins, phone shelf, you name it - you have a complete off desk accessory organizer there.

Ad One by Vitra

From the Vitra site:

Ad One is a modular office furniture system that adapts easily to the changing needs of an organisation.

Ad One is constructed according to architectural principles. The proportions of components are based on a 45X45 cm grid unit; the standard element is a single table measuring 90x180 cm. While the size of the table top remains constant, the vertical structure is variable: 4 table legs can support a solo, double or triple workplace.

Sensible storage components for above or beneath the table, together with the cable net, make Ad One a flexible, intelligent system that provides a comprehensive furnishing solution for any size office.

Even in offices with a large number of workstations, Ad One creates a calm and aesthetically pleasing environment, due to reductive formal qualities and the emphasis on vertical elements. Instead of competing with the interior architecture, Ad One complements it with restrained and compact forms. By adding colour accents, Ad One can also bring cohesion to an interior space.

Ad One by Vitra

marketplace desk system by teknion

Marketplace by Teknion

Teknion also make a Big Table Desking system, called Marketplace. The question is always "why look at these when I can make a similar set up with inexpensive tables?" Well that's a good question. In the end these manufacturers are trying to bring features to these table set ups that are comparable to more traditional office system furniture. In the end that can take your workers a little further along from working at a table towards making a really productive workspace for themselves. If that makes them more productive, happier, less likely to leave, then it can be very worth it.

Marketplace by Teknion

Marketplace by Teknion

Teknion's big technical idea here is the trussed spine that is at the heart of these tables. Looking very similar to those trussed structures we have all seen on stage at a rock concert this element at once supports the entire table, supports desktops and on desk accessories, and routes wiring and power.

Marketplace by Teknion

So we see here there is support for dividing partitions, some with slats for accessories, elaborate multi monitor mounting frames, below and above work top power, and a little roof structure which is really lighting for placing the desk in a space that does not provide general illumination sufficient for desk work.

Marketplace by Teknion

Marketplace by Teknion

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

abc desk system by vitra

ABC by Vitra

Vitra actually makes several desk systems that can be configured as "Big Table Desking" but we'll start at the beginning with ABC. The ABC system can actually be configured several different ways and it looks to also be an great freestanding desk. There is a great accessory range with clamp on power distribution and off desk accessory shelves being my favorites. You'll notice that its possible to introduce a small privacy screen between the tables when ganged into a Big Table.

ABC by Vitra

ABC tables are available in a variety of dimensions and shapes: tops are rectangular or boat-shaped, and the Wave Table has a curved longitudinal edge. Table heights are ergonomically adjustable within a range of 100 mm. Tables can be joined together on the sides by means of hanging storage containers to link several workspaces in a row.

The basic functional components of ABC are simple to plan and install. Mobile wall elements serve the purpose of spatial organization and power access. The functional “third level” provides power and data access, cable management, technical screens and fabric-covered privacy screens, making it possible to easily adapt a workspace to any specific task. Trolley and Tower units, as well as the Storage cabinet system augment the versatility and flexibility of ABC.

ABC by Vitra

Monday, October 20, 2008

crinion open table, by knoll

Crinion Tables, Knoll

We've noted several offices using what we have referred to as "big table desking" where by people are working at what appears to be one big common desk, almost in a similar manner to a big old public library. I believe that this is a trend that emerged from rapidly growing tech offices looking to get people at a workstation as quickly as possible. Ordinary tables pushed together to make larger work surfaces are much easier to pull together on short notice than a commercial furniture system. And so it seemed to catch on, and now the inevitable of art imitating life, furniture vendors appear to be offering systems based on this same paradigm.

Witness the Crinion Open Table system by Knoll.

Crinion Tables, Knoll

So what does this relatively high priced office system offer you over a series of tables sourced from Ikea, or a gang of folding tables from Costco? Well firs off their best strength is technology integration. Power, network, cable control can all happen within the system. Hey, I love cables but I think I'm one of the few that do. Get 8 people with phones, computers, and rechargers together at a 2 by 4 station open desk and you'll have enough cable tangle for the rest of your life. Second, Accessories. Many of these systems offer the option for a small partition which not only opens the door for some off-desk accessory perches, but may well keep the peace among workers. And third, quality and durability. These systems furniture pieces are built for the long haul. If you are the guy with the power drill expected to re-attach that Ikea leg for the third time this week you will appreciate that a commercial system is bullet proof.

Crinion Tables, Knoll

The features listed from Knolls web site:

Crinion Open Table is the high-performance alternative for open, collaborative work environments. The table accommodates a group of four to eight or more at a continuous worksurface.

The Crinion Open Table typically consists of deep worksurfaces cantilever supported by parallel beams between end legs. The beams form a technology corridor for flat screen monitor supports, outlets and power/data distribution.

Available in plastic laminate, Techwood or natural veneers, with aluminum fittings

Read more on their site:
Crinion Tables, Knoll

Friday, October 17, 2008

home workplace on flickr

thesmartestfish

Flickr user thesmartestfish posted a photo of their in-home workspace fitted out with items from several sources:

I love my whole setup...the big white table is just fantastic and from ikea, the cubitec shelves are from dwr (and smart furniture), and I LOVE my eames desk chair that I got on craigslist in metallic seafoam leather. the white lamp is ikea, and the rug is from anthropologie. my computer desk and the wooden drawers on the shelf are also from ikea. I hope someday to replace my computer desk with the wooden sawhorse legs from ikea...I think they are really cool!

thesmartestfish

enchord table by herman miller

Enchord Table by Herman Miller

I love this simple table desk by Herman Miller. It has a below desktop storage shelf that extends out past the end of the desk which reminds me of the old typing returns you would find on old school office desks, from when typewriters were so "thick" they had to be placed on a dropped surface to put the keyboard at a proper height. But here I can see you placing a small printer, or your phone, cell charger, any number of small desktop items out of the way on the lower surface.

Enchord Table by Herman Miller

fold away wall desks, peter pepper

fold away wall desks, peter pepper

I find these small fold away desks curious. They are intended for situation like a patient room where a doctor or nurse could handle paperwork and notes, then fold it away when done. Too small for me to work at, but I could see it somewhere in the home, or perhaps a waiting area - I could have used one of these someplace where I was waiting for sure.

fold away wall desks, peter pepper

Peter Pepper wall desk one and two.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

artist studio, providence, rhode Island

artist studio, providence, rhode Island

Yeah, now that's what I'm talking about, roll up your sleeves and get to work, I don't see any mess, just everything I need where I need it! Come on, there's labels even. Screenprint artist Jean Cozzens' studio.

studio shot at secret door!

mobile workbench by maryearly75

mobile workbench by maryearly75

Rescued from a sign shop this big mobile cart has become both work bench and tool storage. Somehow I can imagine a desk like this..

mobile workbench by maryearly75

maryearly75's flickr

book shop office

book shop office

by redjinxycat on flickr

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

door + saw horse = desk, at unclutterer

desk, at unclutterer

This classic saw horse desk was Workspace of the week over at unclutterer.com a few weeks back. The saw horses are from ikea, and so they include a very useful shelf that you will not find on a hardware store saw horse. But there is definitely a "saw horse desk" aesthetic out there flying under the radar. We have to tag it when we see it.

unclutterer

more photos can be seen with the original photo posted at flickr

nordkapp, creative workplace, helsinki

nordkapp, creative workplace, helsinki

Wow, what can we say. I love their workplace. Its got everything going for it. Big windows, great light, funky light fixtures, big table desking, a place to stow your bike. More below the fold.

nordkapp, creative workplace, helsinki

nordkapp, creative workplace, helsinki

Nordkapp on Flickr
Nordkapp on wherewedowhatwedo
Nordkapp's own web site

Monday, October 13, 2008

danish broadcasting headquarters

danish broadcasting headquarters

Flickr user [Zakkaliciousness] posts photos of his corporate workplace in Copenhagen. They certainly seem to go the extra mile to provide a pleasant work environment for their staff. Above is a shot of the central atrium of one of their office blocks.

The red tower provides coffee stations for each floor of the building. On the floor of the atrium there is a small kitchen for the workers on that level, similar to the red tower. There are cafe sized tables for informal meetings, a bar height counter, for a break or informal meeting, and some sofas and lounge chair groups also for informal interactions.

danish broadcasting headquarters

Does your corporate workplace provide spaces like this for workers? If so we would like to see it!

[Zakkaliciousness] 's flickr photos

mario bellini studio in new york times

mario bellini studio in new york times

An inspiring open work place, from the New York Times Magazine, article titled Molto Mario, photos by Jason Schmidt.

Molto Mario

creative mornings, shared in-office seminars

Creative Mornings info on swissmiss blog

In an interesting twist on Co-Working, Creative Mornings are a collaborative series of seminars organized by a group of New York designers. By pooling their efforts, desires, and needs for meaningful and stimulating in office seminars they are able to host larger gatherings and throw bigger events than they could indiviually, or at all for the small firms participating.

Creative Mornings info on swissmiss blog

From the Flickr set of Swissmiss:

'Creative Mornings' is a monthly morning gathering of creative types. Each event includes a 10 minute lecture, followed by a 20 minute group discussion. The gathering begins at 8:30am with the topic presentation starting at 9:00am. The whole thing closes down at 10am. The events are hosted at studios in and around DUMBO, but we're open to suggestions (and of course people willing to host 50+ people on a Friday morning).

And being the media creatives that they are they follow up the presentations with online videos for those that could not make it. This all sounds like a tremendous idea for workers in small offices.

Creative Mornings info on swissmiss blog
Photo record on swissmiss Flickr

Sunday, October 12, 2008

unplggd's behind the blog covers grain edit

Grain Edit, Behind the Blog at Unplggd

The Grain Edit blog which is the source of many of the cool office interiors we've shown was a subject of Unplggd's Behind the Blog feature, where they look into the workplace of popular bloggers. Very appropriate since Grain Edit's designer interviews often includes a look at their studio space.

Grain Edit, Behind the Blog at Unplggd

Grain Edit's is a live work space, with big glue laminated beams overhead - cool! The blog s focused on modern design from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period. The furnishings also reflect that same sensibility.

Grain Edit, Behind the Blog at Unplggd

The primary workstation is an "L" shaped ikea desk, with an off desk shelf on one of the legs of the L.

Grain Edit, Behind the Blog at Unplggd
Grain Edit Blog

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