This WFH desk concept bucks the trend to offer some peace of mind

Sometimes, the traditional and the familiar can offer a calming refuge against a stressful storm of changes.

The past two years have forced many changes in the world, not all of them warmly welcomed. Work, in particular, has taken on a new form, one that finally proved that some work could actually be done at home. But as the world changed rapidly, so did the need for resources and tools that adapted to that new world order. This sea of changes gave way to a flood of new products in dizzying variety and numbers. One idea, however, tries to swim against the current to offer something with a familiar face that inspires confidence and offers a bit of tranquility.

Designer: Can Türker

As more and more people worked and studied at home, the venerable home desk was no longer enough to support the added demands. This gave birth to a new breed of desks and office equipment that boasted creative ways to improve productivity or maximize space, some of them bordering on the gimmicky. While a lot did lean more towards minimalist aesthetics, more offer advanced features that ironically complicated life and added to the mental burden of already stressed-out people.

The Bold Desk concept is bold in two ways. The designer’s expressed intent is to make the desk inspire boldness in facing the unknown of new work from home arrangements. Intentionally or not, the desk is also bold for eschewing complex features and gimmicks to present something immediately familiar and comfortable.

Nothing says familiar better than a wooden desk, and the Bold Desk’s choice of material scores points for both sustainability and design. It offers an immediate connection between the desk and the user, and its organic origin evokes feelings of warmth and life compared even to wood that’s been painted over with unnatural hues. The drawer and the bottom side also have a soothing effect, thanks to their curved edges. Rather than cram everything into a space-efficient area, the wide surface of the desk also gives some space to breathe.

That’s not to say that the Bold Desk is plain and unremarkable. It puts an emphasis on storage space to help hide away the clutter, even if temporarily. The inconspicuous gap on its back also offers a way for cables and power cords to snake out of sight and out of mind. The Bold Desk, despite its name, focuses on being subtle and unobtrusive, putting an equal value on people’s mental health as much as their productivity.

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Sleek Laptop Stands designed to eliminate bad posture + boost WFH productivity

To be honest, I could not survive without my laptop! It stores almost everything I hold sacred, and I need it for various purposes – from work to leisure. And most of us do spend the majority of our day working on laptops, and hence maintaining a consistently high level of productivity and efficiency is extremely integral for our work routines. However, spending hours on our laptops can cause immense strain to our hands and neck. And this is where laptop stands come in! The right laptop stand offers ergonomic angle adjustments and helps us work in a posture that does not cause physical pain and strain on our bodies. From an ultra-thin laptop stand as slim as a credit card to an e-bike with a concealed laptop stand – we’ve curated a collection of ergonomically designed and highly functional laptop stands that can help you work in the most comfortable position possible, in turn boosting your work productivity and efficiency!

1. The MOFT Z

The MOFT Z was designed keeping the original MOFT brief in mind but was made to push limits. It does come with the ability to prop your laptop at three angles, but that’s not all. The MOFT Z even transforms your sitting setup into a standing one, elevating your laptop up by as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters). The MOFT Z does this using an innovative Z-shaped folding system along with its signature PU and fiberglass material which allows the laptop stand to have a high strength to weight ratio while being thin enough to slide right into a Manila envelope. The MOFT Z was designed to be used independently, without being stuck to the back of your laptop (like the original MOFT). Slightly larger than a sheet of A4 paper and at nearly half an inch thick, the MOFT Z can be kept on your desk, stored in a drawer, or a shelf, among folders.

2. The MetaStand Pro

Measuring 0.1 inches, the MetaStand Pro might easily be the contender for the slimmest laptop stand in the world. However, thanks to the power of origami, it can hold the weight of your laptop or tablet, angling it for a comfortable working experience. The MetaStand Pro offers the ability to prop your laptop or tablet up at a variety of angles for ease of use. Using a clever origami-inspired design, it offers a mix of slimness and strength, letting you place your gadget at as many as 4 different angles comfortably without breaking a sweat.

3. PILLR

Like most laptop stands, PILLR elevates your work machine to a higher level, allowing you to view your laptop screen at a much higher, more natural angle, preventing neck fatigue. Unlike most laptops stands, PILLR, however, doesn’t look like a badly designed accessory that hides behind your expensive laptop. With a minimal, sculpture-esque design, PILLR looks pretty darn good even without the laptop on it. Its strong presence gives it the appeal of a desk sculpture, and once you place a laptop on it, the PILLR enters a functional mode, elevating your laptop to reduce neck pain and boost productivity.

4. The FLIKK Laptop Stand and Sleeve

FLIKK Laptop Stand by Jexter Lim

The designer came up with this idea after observing the irking drawbacks of traditional laptop stands. Most of them don’t provide the desired elevation and the right viewing angles. Also, they are very complicated to deploy, which mars the whole purpose. This prompted Jexter Lim to plug all the gaps that spoil the user experience and function of the accessory. The laptop stand gives you the desired viewing angle for a comfortable working regime anytime, anywhere. The goodness doesn’t end there, as it seamlessly transforms into a laptop sleeve to head to your next destination without all the bulk of a traditional laptop stand.

5. The MOFT

Desks can’t be carried around where you go, and stands are usually either bulky or heavy, given that they need to support the constant weight of the laptop plus your palms, making both solutions portability-unfriendly. The MOFT grasps that design brief almost perfectly. Thin as a coin (barely 3mm in thickness) and light as a pen, the MOFT sticks to the back of your laptop almost like a cover of sorts. When folded, it sits flat against the back of your laptop (thanks to hidden magnets), practically indistinguishable and invisible, and when deployed/unfolded, uses a clever bit of structural engineering to support your laptop in not one, but two angle settings. Channeling Dieter Rams’ principle that Good Design must be Invisible, the MOFT sits flat on the back of the laptop.

6. The RLDH Alto Standing Desk

The RLDH Alto Standing Desk is a thoughtful flat-pack accessory designed keeping in mind your multiple needs if you can’t invest in a height-adjustable desk. It is simple to carry and disassemble, with the option to adjust the height of your keyboard and mouse tray, giving it the flexibility of use with your laptop. Yes, this stylish yet functional standing desk is tailored for use with your laptop – virtually transforming your table into a standing desk when the need arises. Its flat-pack and lightweight (weighing just 6.5 lbs) nature give you the freedom to tuck it away when not needed or even to take it along during travel for remote work regimes.

7. g.flow laptop stand

Arguably, grape lab’s g.flow laptop stand is better than most other laptop stands on the market. It ticks all the boxes as an effective product but also as a sustainable product. It’s clever, lightweight, and comes in packaging that can be used as a stand too! g.flow is just an amalgamation of a lot of good ideas into one great product that does its job with 100% effectiveness and 0% negative impact on the environment. The g.flow is basically a tray made from folded recycled paper. Relying on origami tricks, the paper is stiff enough to hold up to 11 pounds of weight (enough to take the weight of your laptop and your hands too) thanks to the origami folds which not only give it strength but also create multiple channels to boost airflow and cool your laptop better. The ridged paper is specifically angled for easy viewing and typing so that you get the benefits of a cooling pad as well as a prop stand, while the device comes with a small lip on the front to keep the laptop from sliding down.

8. HUB-OX

Designed to be portable and compact, HUB–OX initially comes as a lightweight, palm-sized USB-C hub, which splits into two halves, both equipped with plenty of charging slots, HDMI connections, and ethernet ports. HUB–OX is compatible with MacBook Pro models that have four USB-C ports, generally any MacBook Pro from 2016 or any of its succeeding generations. When HUB–OX is split in two, users can plug the USB-C chargers into all four of their MacBook Pro’s ports, lifting their laptops to an angle of 7.7° to keep them charged and at eye level for the rest of the day.

9. The Triyards Laptop Stand

The Triyards Laptop Stand borrows a clever trick from a product we’ve been using for decades. Inspired by the thin-yet-effective kickstands found in most keyboards, the Triyards Laptop Stand sits flat against your machine, adding a mere 0.2 inches of thickness. Made from durable aerospace-grade aluminum, the stand adheres to the back of your laptop using a non-harmful 3M glue strip and comes with two fold-out legs that allow you to easily prop your laptop up, angling it in a way that helps it stay cool while angling the keyboard in a way that makes it easier to type. It comes with rubber legs, too, to make sure your laptop doesn’t slide around or damage the surface you’re working on.

10. The BUCK electric bike

The BUCK electric bike has a laptop stand that elegantly conceals beneath the bike frame when not in use. The moment you need to perform an important task – just park the bike, swivel the laptop stand in position, and your mobile standing workstation is ready. You just have to slide it out of the bike frame’s section and attach it to the saddle, which can be moved to a 90 degrees position to give up space for the stand. On the design front, the bicycle has a very neat minimalist look draped in white color with contrasting black sections. Since the bike is meant for the odd leisure too on rough roads, the active suspension and the high riding position are well suited for the same.

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Tiny ceramic planters that can be pinned create fun, customizable planters for WFH offices

Flora is a WFH wall accessory that combines an organizational cork pinboard with hanging planters molded from jesmonite.

With WFH orders sending us to the far reaches of our bedrooms-slash-offices, there’s never been a better excuse to accessorize. New designs for organizers, stationary, and desks have redefined what working from home could look like.

Designer: Préssec Design

Over recent years, designers have created multifunctional WFH appliances by integrating elements like hidden storage units and organizers into appliances like chairs and desks to make the workday at home feel just as efficient as it feels in the office. Today, designers from Sydney-based Préssec Design have developed Flora, a wall garden system that combines a cork pinboard with hanging planters.

Molded from jesmonite, Flora features specks of color for a modern take on terrazzo, a form of composite material originating in 16th-century Italy. Conceived as a passion project during the lockdown, the designers at Préssec Design first made Floria from concrete casting. Once they achieved their desired look for Flora, they turned it up a notch and gave jesmonite a try.

The team of designers chose to work with jesmonite to give the wall garden system a seamless look like each planter was bulging from the corkboard. Merging each planter with the wall behind it, Préssec designers looked to thumbtacks to latch the planters’ corners to the corkboard. These thumb tacks are made up of different colors for users to customize the look of Flora.

While jesmonite gave Préssec designers the chance to experiment with the overall look of Flora, maintaining the concrete casting’s crisp edges was a challenge. Following periods of research and prototyping, the team of designers settled on a silicone mold for the jesmonite casting.

Explaining their process, Préssec designers describe, “It took a lot of experimenting with the ratios of the different aggregates but we got it to a point where we maintained the structure and kept the crisp edges of the design.⁠”

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Ultra-thin laptop stand is as slim as a credit card, but uses origami to prop your laptop up




Measuring 0.1 inches, the MetaStand Pro might easily be the contender for the slimmest laptop stand in the world. However, thanks to the power of origami, it can hold the weight of your laptop or tablet, angling it for a comfortable working experience.

Designer: Ergomi Design

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The MetaStand Pro offers the ability to prop your laptop or tablet up at a variety of angles for ease of use. Using a clever origami-inspired design, offers a mix of slimness and strength, letting you place your gadget at as many as 4 different angles comfortably without breaking a sweat.

The stand’s collapsible design is universal and device-agnostic, working with laptops, notebooks, ultrabooks, and tablets alike. At 3mm thin when closed, it sits flat inside your backpack or underneath your device when not in use, and immediately folds open when you need it, taking up to weights of 9 kilos.

Created by Ergomi Design, the stand comes made from vegan PU leather, with a reinforced inner structure that gives it its load-bearing ability. When in use, it offers you the ability to angle your laptop or tablet for an easy viewing/typing experience that causes less neck, back, and wrist strain over time. While propped up, it still promotes active airflow to keep your laptop cool during use… and a nifty little leather tab on the base prevents your laptop or tablet from slipping off while in use!

The MetaStand Pro measures 10.4 inches vertically, and 8.3 inches horizontally, giving it about the same footprint as a large-ish iPad Pro while being about as slim as a credit card. The stand comes in 4 subtle colors and costs $29.

For another $20, Ergomi Design will even throw in a Transformer ID Badge, an ID card-holder that uses a similar ergonomic folding technique to transform into a nifty little smartphone stand! The MetaStand Pro and Transformer ID Badge deliver worldwide and begin shipping in April 2022.

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Maxtand 2.0 gives you an instant adjustable standing desk for your laptop, no matter where you are




Now in its second iteration, the Maxtand 2.0 goes above and beyond to give you flexibility and freedom with your workspace, whether you’re in an office or at home. The adjustable stand works universally with all laptops and sits on any tabletop surface, turning it into an instant standing desk.

Designer: Creatio Design

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When the Maxtand debuted in 2019, the world was a completely different place. ‘Pandemics’ and ‘social distancing’ were words that never entered our regular conversations, and work-from-home was a rare luxury, not a necessity. Two full years into the global pandemic, the case for the Maxtand is stronger than ever. While we still struggle to work from homes on our dining tables and uncomfortable chairs and sofas, the Maxtand gives you the freedom to have your own standing desk wherever you want, and your spine the ability to stretch out so you’re not hunched over a laptop for hours at an end.

The Maxtand 2.0 is a slick little laptop stand that can sit flat against your desk when you want, and elevate your laptop by as much as 15.1 inches (38.5cm) when fully expanded. Think of it like Apple’s Pro Stand for your laptop, but 95% cheaper.

The Maxtand 2.0 sports the same 3-pivot design as its predecessor, albeit with a newer, lighter, stronger aluminum alloy construction. It weighs a paltry 6.6 pounds and can be folded down to a thickness of 1.75 inches, allowing you to easily slide the stand right into your backpack to carry with you. Once you’re ready to get to work, the stand sits between your table and laptop, offering an infinitely adjustable arrangement that allows you to choose not just the height you want, but the angle you want too. With new stainless-steel friction hinges, the new stand design has a load-bearing capacity of a staggering 50lbs, so you can place your laptop as well as the weight of both your palms on the Maxtand 2.0, and it won’t buckle or change height/angles while you work.

You can either clip the Maxtand 2.0 to your desk at work, use it as a hovering table when you’re working in bed, or even use it on the floor. The stand works seamlessly with all laptops, but even supports desktop monitors, tablets, and more. Whether you’re looking for a standing-desk setup, or whether you’d like to position your laptop at an angle as you type away on a wireless keyboard, or even if you need a small table to work while you’re on your sofa, the Maxtand’s combination of sturdy build-quality with a flexible and practical design (that works with monitors, laptops, tablets, projectors, etc.) makes it an ideal addition to your workspace, no matter where it is!

The stand comes in a ‘Regular’ variant as well as a marginally smaller ‘Slim’ variant. The Maxtand 2.0 Slim’s available on Kickstarter for $119, while the Regular costs just $30 more. The units begin shipping in May.

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FluidStance Level Balance Board Review

PROS:


  • 360-degree freedom of motion

  • Eco-friendly materials and production process

  • First-ever balance board with NEAT Certification

CONS:


  • Wooden deck can be slippery and tough

  • Metal base can be easily scratched

  • Expensive (especially with mats)

RATINGS:

AESTHETICS
ERGONOMICS
SUSTAINABILITY / REPAIRABILITY
VALUE FOR MONEY

EDITOR'S QUOTE:

The FluidStance Level may not be the most affordable option in the market, but you'd be hard-pressed to find one that strikes a good balance between design, ergonomics, and sustainability. Its handsome looks, 360-degree range of motion, and focus on protecting the environment make the price tag feel like a long-term investment rather than an expensive one-off purchase.

Working at home in the past two years has brought to light the poor habits and postures we develop while in the office. Standing desks have long been a fad among more health-conscious knowledge workers, but that is really only half the equation. Constant or regular movement is the other part, but that has been more difficult to observe if you’re you’re the type that’s glued to the computer for hours on end. Balance boards, although not completely new, are gaining more traction lately, and we put the FluidStance’s Level balance board under our feet to check out if its promises are worth its price.

Aesthetics

People would be forgiven for thinking you’re skating dangerously close to insane levels of fitness obsession when they see you seemingly hovering on a skateboard while standing by your desk. The FluidStance Level is indeed designed to resemble the familiar shape of a skateboard precisely because it is a familiar and well-tested design. And like a skateboard, you might feel proud of yourself after you’ve learned the tricks of the trade, perhaps forgetting how odd one might look.

Fortunately, the Level is actually a thing of beauty, which might sound odd for something that is meant to always be at your feet. You at least won’t be embarrassed when seeing the premium maple wood that makes up the top deck of the board. Available in Natural (Light) and Walnut (Dark) finishes, it almost feels like a shame to mar its surface with dirt from your shoes. In practice, you might not always see that natural wood stain if you prefer to always use the board with some foam.

Even the Level’s metal bottom isn’t something to be ashamed of. Made from military-grade die-cast aluminum, the concave form of that base provides the freedom of motion that many balance boards lack. The webbed structure, on the other hand, delivers the flexibility and strength to support people weighing 300 lbs or lighter. It also makes for an interesting visual design when you prop up the board against the wall when not in use.

All-in-all, the Level weighs only 7 lbs, which FluidStance amusingly compares to a small cat. You won’t be carrying it around a lot, of course, and will most likely place it near your desk most of the time. Still, that’s a good thing to note, in case you’ve set up standing desks at home and in your private office.

FluidStance’s choice of materials and manufacturing processes, however, does have some consequences when it comes to the product’s longevity. Wood, of course, ages and scratches over time, which can both be a source of distinctive design marks as well as damages. More worrying, perhaps, is the powder coating on the aluminum base that could wear off or be scratched more easily, depending on the floor’s surface. Fortunately, FluidStance does have solutions for both problems.

Ergonomics

As a balance board, the Level solves two problems that plain standing desks don’t sufficiently address. Simply standing at your desk all day, while an improvement over sitting all the time, doesn’t exactly heap on the benefits of being active. The famed Mayo Clinic developed a new Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis or NEAT Certification to indicate products or activities that keep the body active without going into a formal state of exercise. The Level is one of the first few of its kind to be awarded this new marketing metric, promising to help you burn calories while you’re standing.

Standing all day at your desk can also be unhealthy for your legs and feet, and other options like walking treadmills or even exercise bikes might be over the top. A balance board helps provide that natural movement needed by our bodies without taxing our lower limbs. The Level’s advantage over other boards is that its design allows users to pivot a full 360 degrees rather than being limited to rolling motions in one direction only. Its range of motion or ROM has been measured to be equivalent to normal walking motions.

These benefits do come with some learning curve, especially if you’re not used to standing while working in the first place. The constant motion feels anything but natural but also becomes familiar and almost second nature after a few days of continuous use. Even while constantly being in motion, it’s still advised to take breaks in between to give your legs and feet a well-deserved rest.

There are also some usability side-effects of the Level’s materials. The wooden board makes using it with just socks or bare feet a big no-no for safety reasons. At the same time, the hard flat surface can still wear out your heels even when wearing footwear. FluidStance sells a UPmat made from 100% recyclable “PLUSfoam” to provide some cushion, but that’s an extra purchase.

There will also be concerns about the metal base coming in contact with whatever material the floor is made of. Unsurprisingly, the company also sells a separate Base Mat to protect both the floor and the board’s base.

Sustainability

Although its core focus is health and fitness, FluidStance is proud to be part of the new breed of designers and companies that make sure they have as little impact on the environment as much as possible. The company, however, doesn’t simply stop at the choice of materials but also in the processes used to craft them. The powder-coating process for the aluminum base, for example, has a considerably lower footprint, almost zero emissions, when compared to typical painting and anodizing processes.

It’s also more easily repairable, too, to some extent. The wooden deck can be unscrewed if it needs to be replaced, though you might have to find ways to get your hands on a new one. If there’s any shortcoming with FluidStance’s strong sustainability efforts, it’s that it doesn’t make it non-trivial to buy replacement wooden decks. You will definitely want that UPmat to keep the top in usable shape for as long as possible.

Fortunately, FluidStance’s accessories are just as environment-friendly as the Level itself, or at least the company promises. That Base Mat may be made of 100% virgin polycarbonate to make it as strong as bulletproof glass, but it is also advertised to be fully recyclable.

Value

The Level already sets itself apart from other balance boards with its design and commitment to sustainability. Unfortunately, it also sets itself apart with its price, and not in a good way. At $249, it’s easily one of the more expensive balance boards in the market, and that’s just for the board itself.

The UPmat provides comfort and support to your feet and legs while protecting the surface of the wooden top. The Base Mat makes sure that the Level is usable on any floor surface or material you have, While keeping the wear and tear on the powder-coated die-cast aluminum to a minimum. At $69 and $99, respectively, these items look like accessories, but they might actually be necessities, bringing the total package up to $417.

The big question, however, is whether it’s actually worth that much. Fortunately for FluidStance, there isn’t much competition in the market yet, at least with its combination of design, ergonomics, and environment focus. There are definitely other alternatives, but few manage to check all those marks equally. Even better, FluidStance actually has a more affordable “The Plane” option, though that ditches the wood and metal materials and is designed for lighter people 250 lbs and below.

Verdict

When health experts preached the good news of standing desks, they seemed to have forgotten the impact those would have on our feet and legs. They also didn’t dwell much on the fact that you don’t really burn calories while simply standing and that you actually require more movement to gain the benefits of a non-sedentary work lifestyle. Balance boards are becoming the next and more viable trend after desk treadmills and bikes, and, naturally, not all of them were made equal.

The FluidStance Level brings balance in more ways than one. It doesn’t immediately strike one as an exercise product, unlike other balance boards, and is designed to be environment-friendly right from the start of the production process. The price tag might be a bit shocking, especially when you consider you might really want to get the two mats the company sells. Thankfully, it’s built to last, too, making it an investment that will keep you moving even while standing in place in front of your computer.

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Razer’s all-in-one modular gaming desk design is a sci-fi dream come to life




If you find yourself having trouble juggling different desks for your different roles, then Razer’s latest dream might be yours as well.

All of us have different roles to play in life. Some of those are easily compartmentalized, thanks to being confined to a specific location. With new arrangements that have left many people stuck at home, however, the boundaries between work, study, and play have started to get muddled. While there are those that advocate keeping different spaces and even desks for different tasks, most people probably have to live with just one at home. If Razer’s Project Sophia concept ever becomes a reality, however, that will be a problem of the very distant past.

Designer: Razer

Whether you have one desk or three, you most likely have different setups for the different roles you play. Work might require you to be professional and productive, but video or audio streaming requires specialized tools to keep quality up and noise down. Switching between setups and desks will always be a chore, and it would be nice if a single desk could reconfigure itself depending on the task at hand. While an autonomous workspace is probably still a fantasy, Razer is envisioning the next best thing.

Project Sophia is an all-in-one modular desk concept that employs strong magnets and crafty electronics to reconfigure its functionality, depending on the task at hand. The desk itself is actually a computer in disguise, powered by an Intel processor and NVIDIA graphics to drive the modular system. There’s even a huge OLED screen, either 66 or 77 inches, so you really have a complete computer setup even without the modules.

Those modules, however, are the magic sauce to Project Sophia. These snap beneath the desk’s glass surface and offer a wide variety of functionality for different use cases. The idea is that you can quickly swap out modules when you switch from work to play to your other work as a streamer, no need to leave your desk. Except perhaps to get the modules you need and reconfigure the desk.

Razer said that there are 13 separate modules, including a programmable hotkey, media controls, system monitors, and a wireless charger. The company even says there’s even a cup warmer module available for avid coffee fans. And, in typical Razer fashion, there is an RGB LED strip lining the desk that people can customize to fit the mood.

If these images make you fantasize about futuristic dashboards and cockpits, you wouldn’t really be far from the truth. Just like how most of those are fantasy, Razer’s Project Sophia is sadly still just a concept at this point, but it’s an exciting concept nonetheless, especially for those who find themselves with different shoes to fill in a single day.

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Your childhood fort gets a grownup upgrade with this modular desk design

If you have ever felt the need to just hide under your desk once in a while, this multi-purpose desk might be something you wish you had.

Most of us probably have fond memories of the favorite games we played in our childhood. For some, those might be formal games or even sports, but even non-structured activities like “make-believe” and building forts have a significant impact during our formative years. Those “secret bases” have sometimes even brought us a sense of comfort and security that we may have lost in our adulthood. A designer is trying to bring back those feelings with an adult version of those secret forts, but one that can actually be useful when you’re actually adulting.

Designer: Juhee Park

OK, few adults will probably admit to having the urge to hide under their desks, even if some really want to. They might, however, be more amenable to a desk that transforms into a semblance of their cardboard forts and secret bases from decades past. Being adults, even the young at heart, this desk has to actually be usable, of course. Bonus points if it’s also somewhat sustainable and eco-friendly.

Made mostly from wood, the Com.odo almost looks like a kid’s play desk blown up into adult size. It also looks like an unfinished carpentry project, complete with white markings that indicate directions. Those are directions, indeed, and their sometimes indecipherable instructions clue you into the different ways you can transform this functional furniture into a fun fort.

The drawer, for example, swings outward to provide more space under the desk in case you do want to squeeze yourself inside. The centerpiece, however, is the chair that you can topple over and push the seat backward to turn it into a makeshift floor lounge chair. If cramped floor seats lined with faux fur are your thing, this kind of convertible chair might be right up your alley.

Com.odo is definitely an intriguing concept that feels both ingenious and ridiculous in equal degrees. On the one hand, it doesn’t look too comfortable, and the complexity of its many different parts might discourage people from actually taking advantage of those. On the other hand, it definitely looks fun, at least in discovering those various options, and does convey a feeling of a secret base that only you know how to operate. In that sense, this transforming, modular desk accomplishes what it set out to do, to encourage the young at heart to discover fun even in the most mundane things.

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This smart chair morphs position + physical shape as your posture changes through the day




The Routine Chair designed by Yubin Lee and Minkyoung Song is a refreshing take on what the user would actually fancy getting comfy in for the rest of their digital work life. The smart chair (yes it is actually smart) adjusts the position of the headrest, arms and reclining angle based on the app-controlled schedule during the day!

How one feels while working sitting all day long in the office chair plays a vital role in overall productivity and well-being. The ergonomic comfort keeps creatives like us in the zone and I’m sure all you professionals might be looking for another stint of the work from home regime given the current scenario with the new coronavirus variant. Even under normal circumstances, having a feel-good chair to sit on without any discomforts has its own set of merits. In a marketplace filled with the likes of Herman Miller, Secretlab and Steelcase creating an ergonomic chair that betters them is a feat on its own.

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The Routine Chair is in a true sense a future-forward creation that anyone would love to own one day. Its ability to seamlessly transition into the most preferred position according to the users customized routine or in-built presets gives it the tactical edge over big guns like Herman Miller. It’s partly like the hanging Ella Office Chair with the movable pivots, but the ability to have the most preferred ergonomic position based on the time of the day or the usual work routine positions it starkly different.

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A level up on the Herman Miller ergonomic office chair which most of the gamers, designers and digital artists swear by. Another office chair design that made waves for its out-of-the-box thinking that is ultra-comfortable to sit in, the Ella Office Chair got us longing for an even better office chair design that solves the intended purpose without much fuzz.

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There are three modes for the smart chair – work, chill and rest to toggle from when you are not using any timed presets. It’s just like your connected smart home elements like window shades or smart bulbs – doing everything in an automated manner without you even bothering about it. Now, that’s the kind of chair I would wish to have at my disposal to churn out thought-provoking write-ups, every single day!

Designer: Yubin Lee and Minkyoung Song

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Every one of these WFH furniture pieces includes a secret feature to keep your work and life separate

Every piece of Taku Yahara’s line of WFH furniture reveals a dual function or hidden compartment that’s designed to keep work and life balanced.

When working from home, the conditions have to be prime. Whether you’re working from the patio or the kitchen, the mood has to be just right. It’s no surprise most of us went straight to the drawing boards to transform our bedrooms into hybrid working spaces after WFH orders went into place. Helping move the process along, Taku Yahara designed a line of versatile pieces of office furniture to keep our working and living spaces separate, making WFH that much more comfortable.

When designing his line of WFH furniture, Yahara looked first to versatility. Equipping most of his pieces of furniture with dual features and hidden compartments, Yahara wanted to ensure work and life could remain balanced even when working from home. The Mobility Desk, for example, is a portable desk that can transform into an inconspicuous storage basin when the workday is finished.

In its initial form, the Mobility Desk is a narrow wooden storage bin and then transforms into a drop-front desk for working. Keeping the design work to a minimum, the Mobility Desk is stripped down to its barest form to emphasize its accessibility. Then, Yahara conceptualized a router box with convenience at the forefront of his design.

Since finding good WiFi is the number one priority when working from home, Yahara developed the router box at an appropriate height to ensure open access throughout the day, from anywhere in the house.

For work-on-the-go, Yahara designed a desk work bag that functions as a carrying case for all of our office supplies as well as a storage bin for the desk. Rigid by design, the desk work bag can be carried with little to no fuss and then remain in place on the desk. Finally, an extended drawer can turn any table into a working desk. Softened with a leather top, the extended drawer reveals an additional storage bin for office supplies.

Designer: Taku Yahara

The desk work bag can remain in place on top of the actual desk or hang from a table edge with accessory hooks. 

With an integrated secret drawer, the extended desk functions as a working space and storage basin.

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