New Year, New Desk? Time Your Workstation Got a Revamp?
There was a time when a desk meant four legs, a worktop and, if you were very lucky, a drawer or two for storage. Not anymore. As designers look to reinvent the humble desk to meet the challenges of 21st century work-life, we take a look at some of the more inventive options.
Could 2014 be the year these become mainstream?
Stir: The iPad of Desks
If your New YearΓÇÖs Resolution involves getting fit then the Stir desk could be worth a look. ItΓÇÖs an adjustable height desk which uses sensors to collect data about your sitting and standing habits ΓÇô and then uses it to encourage you to stand more often while you work.
ItΓÇÖs not quite the same as buying a gym membership, but it may help to stir you out of that sedentary routine in the office.
With its sleek design and hi-tech features the Stir desk isnΓÇÖt cheap ΓÇô but then itΓÇÖs made by a team which includes former Apple and Disney employees. Think of it as the iPad of desks.
UpDesk: The Economical Standing Desk
Similar to the Stir Desk, UpDesk is an adjustable height desk which can be lowered or raised at the touch of a button. ItΓÇÖs easy to switch between sitting and standing ΓÇô but you will need to choose the intervals yourself and remember to stick to them, because unlike Stir, the UpDesk doesnΓÇÖt have the built in posture monitoring or alert system.
On the other hand, it does look a lot more like a regular office desk, so should fit in nicely in most workplaces without the need for a dramatic redesign. ItΓÇÖs also a fraction of the cost of Stir and thereΓÇÖs even a version with a whiteboard surface for creative brainstorming.
Pedal Desk: The Eco Option
If you need a bit more of an incentive to stick to your new healthy office routine, then how about a desk which uses pedal power to run your office tech?
ItΓÇÖs in the early prototype stages at the moment, but the basic technology behind the Pedal Desk can be used to power your laptop ΓÇô so long as you keep up the cycling while you work. Looks like youΓÇÖll also have to have a clean desk policy, what with the shaking and the small desk top.
Urban Nomad: The Mobile Desk
What if you crossed a wheelbarrow with a desk? The answer is the Urban Nomad by Isabel Quioga and it brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ΓÇ£mobile workingΓÇ¥.
Need to set up work in a different part of the office? Simply raise the wooden legs and wheel across the office. ItΓÇÖs all relatively simple (so long as you donΓÇÖt encounter any stairs) and makes it a breeze to switch from collaborative working to independent working, without having to go in a search of a workstation.
As an added benefit, just think of the muscles youΓÇÖll build pushing it around the office.
Think any of these desk designs will make it into the mainstream? Which one would you choose for your office?