Tuesday, February 16, 2010

park pictures offices in lofty warehouse

The offices of Park Pictures (location unkown - guessing LA) are located in an old brick walled, arched truss roof, warehouse very similar to the original Eames office location.

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I love the character of the space, the exposed ducts, and they appear to have a lot of space and many different settings with desks, meeting tables, and comfortable sitting furniture.

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Park Pictures by Bruce Bolander Architect via Plastolux   

Monday, February 15, 2010

chair as workstation

I love the idea of this - a chair that is a workstation, with storage cubbies, adjustable work surfaces, task lighting - all built in to a single piece of furniture.

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What I think is not successful is the chair. To do real work for an extended period of time the chair itself needs to be as sophisticated as what we see in current front line task chairs. This clearly does not aspire to that, but as a prototype for pointing the way to a new category of work furniture it is very compelling.

Four Works by Four Design

Thursday, February 11, 2010

ld desk

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A handsome small home desk via Blue Ant Studio.

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LD Desk

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

rowe - results only work environment

Results Only Work Environment is a management structure that has emerged at several progressive large companies. It is what it sounds like. The workplace is run on the idea that the results generated by the employee are what matters - not how much time spent in the office, or what brand of suit is worn to meetings. This tends to be supported by an open and loosely structured work place where fixed desks and department organizations are less common. Some functions will always be best served by a fixed work space, but many others can be cut loose to work anywhere, and however the employee sees fit to complete their tasks. With this kind of management the company may be providing cafe and lounge like spaces for the workers, as well as a range of fixed and hotel basis desks, as well as meeting spaces. As a management style it makes a profound impact on the workplace design, and the out-fitting of that workplace. Proper elements in furniture, mobile elements, and software to manage the assets becomes very important to pull of this convention braking strategy.

Online resources for this are beginning to emerge. Large companies may or may not be willing to share what works well for them, so shared resources are important for smaller companies to get a handle on the implications of making a change like this. Some resources:

BusinessWeek article on Best Buy Co's adoption of rowe.

Wikipedia page on rowe, although it is mostly a promotion for CultureRx who seems to have coined the name which brings us to:

The ROWE web site by CultureRx, the authors of Why Work Sucks and How to Fix it . This was the original proposition and the authors now consult on implementing the rowe strategy, as well as sell various self help materials to help you implement it in your workplace.

Monday, February 8, 2010

workalicious now tweeting

Just a bit of site news for you today - we now have a Workalicious Twitter account, thanks to the donation of the user name by Dave Kaplan - thank you Dave!

We will be using Twitter to post many links we come across, but don't have enough info or visuals to make a blog post from. So this will be an adjunct to the blog - a mini blog within the blog if you wish. It will appear in the right sidebar of the blog, and of course you can always subscribe to it separately as well.

Friday, February 5, 2010

what's working in coworking

A great blog post from a morning seminar held at Citizen Space, a CoWorking community in San Francisco. The blog post at Shareable gives a good overview of the discussions that day, and it hits on many points we've been raising here.

  • They mention: some "rent-an-office" businesses have re-branded themselves with coworking to attract business. I don't know that this is a "threat" to CoWorking, but the mantra of community first must really be kept at the forefront when discussing CoWorking. So much of the value comes out of the shared vision and mission of creating the culture of the CoWorking site. In fact - we are going to invent a new term right now to raise awareness of this CoWork spoofing. CoWashing. Look out for it.
  • What role does corporate sponsorship play in coworking spaces? We recently looked at a new community that is sponsored by office furniture maker SteelCase. For the space it offers stability, for the SteelCase a venue where they can learn about this new kind of office environment. It can have a beneficial symbiosis.

There is much more good food for thought there:

What's Working in CoWorking

Monday, February 1, 2010

coworking in the new york times

The New York Times published an interesting article by Emily Rueb today about coworking in the New York City CoWorking community called Hive at 55. Check it out:

Working in the Company of Strangers

minimalist garden office

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A small home office located at the back of a Swedish town house, overlooking a small garden. Very nice.

via Unplggd

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