WFH Keyboard with interplay of connection and disconnection is partly entertaining and partly informative

We have orange and green access dots on our smartphones that appear on the top of your screen whenever an app is using either the microphone or camera or both. What if the keyboard you are using in your home office has a detachable touchscreen bar that lights up when the user is unmuted on a video meeting?

The clouds of the pandemic are fading away. In the transition phase, whether you are working from home for a few days or full-time, you still need a workstation knitted completely to your needs. The WFH Keyboard, as the name suggests, is designed to step up to the occasion.

Designer: acollective

The keyboard comes with a built-in speaker and microphone. The unit is built into the peripheral’s MacBook-style touchscreen bar. The screen pad – as the designers refer to it – pops out from the keyboard frame. This alerts the user that the speaker and microphone are active. This system – keyboard and the screen bar – become one again when the user hooks in a pair of earphones.

The antics of the WFH Keyboard are not limited to the interplay of connection and disconnection, which is partly entertaining and partly informative. The keyboard screen bar also features the chemistry of light. The screen lights up when the user is unmuted on a video call/meeting. This is a prominent cue to alert users about their status on a call.

What makes this interactive keyboard more exciting for our home office needs is the convenience of snapping the touchscreen pad from the main keyboard. The bar is snapped into the keyboard using magnets and it is easily detachable so you can arrange the keyboard for your desktop or mobile usage. The keyboard itself has a comfortable feel, eye-catchy layout and a side-mounted toggle button to switch the screen pad on or off between uses.

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This sleek at-home water dispenser designed at people who WFH can discharge water in three seconds

The Supor Instant Water Dispenser is an at-home appliance constructed for today’s world of remote working and WFH.

As we grow used to spending more time inside the house as a result of stay-at-home orders, many of us are turning to appliances to bring outside comforts indoors. While there is no replacement for morning trips to the coffee shop, at-home appliances like coffee brewers and french presses make the experience a little more accessible. The Supor Instant Water Dispenser is a new at-home appliance concept from designers Guoyu Li and Weili Wu that can pour water out in a matter of seconds.

Designer: Guoyi Li and Weili Wu

Adopting an integrated design language, the Supor Instant Water Dispenser keeps a polished midcentury modern look. The gleaming metallic look gives the appliance a retro, yet timeless appearance so that it can fit into any modern kitchen or office space.

In addition to its adaptable design, the Supor Instant Water Dispenser maintains a slender body so that it can fit onto any countertop no matter the amount of space available. Thanks to a seven-speed touch screen, users can also adjust the rate of water discharge so that it can pour from the faucet as quickly as three seconds.

Marketed for stay-at-home mothers and remote workers, the Supor Instant Water Dispenser is an at-home appliance that can be used for anything from brewing coffee to making a pot of tea. Even when the deadline is quickly approaching or when the meeting is just about to begin, a cup of coffee or pot of tea can be made available sooner than you can punch in the Zoom meeting passcode.

In contrast to similar products currently on the market, the designers suggest, “The attributes of products sold online determine that products need to reflect differences in form and appearance, and at the same time need to increase user stickiness through experience design, so that products are not only satisfied with functional attributes but become a way of life that can be shared on social platforms.”

The seven-speed touch screen adjusts the rate of dispensing water to varying speeds.

The attached grated reservoir ensures no-mess operation.

The slim design of Supor allows it to fit onto most kitchen countertops. 

Supor is plug-and-play for ultimate convenience. 

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This series of tiny prefabricated structures includes a home, remote office, and sauna

My Cabin is a series of prefabricated structures like a tiny home, a detached office for remote working, and even a sauna.

Girts Draugs found all the rest and relaxation he was looking for in tiny, prefabricated homes. Surging in popularity due to stay-at-home orders, tiny homes have been around for a while but only recently took off. Our collective need to head back to nature has prompted many of us to find ways of staying there.

Designer: Girts Draugs for My Cabin

While building a new home from scratch or renovating an old, dilapidated one are certainly options to make that happen, Draugs found more promise and more convenience in designing prefabricated homes. My Cabin, Draugs’s collection of prefabricated structures, features three types of dwellings: a home, sauna, and remote office.

My Milla, the company’s most popular prefabricated structure, is a two-floor tiny cabin finished in spruce wood that’s perfect for short stays in nature to get away from the stress of city life. The internal space of My Milla leaves enough room for a spacious living room, kitchen, bathroom, and main bedroom. The cabin amounts to 265 square feet with a top floor that overlooks the living room and double-glazed plastic windows that run the height of the first floor.

The second structure is called My Kalmus, which covers around 187 square feet to be used as a detached office or den. Inside, the structure keeps an open-floor layout without any frills or surprises, except for integrated features like steam insulation. Finished in finely sawed spruce wood, My Kalmus also comes with lofty, double-glazed plastic windows to bring guests closer to the outdoors.

Finally, each prefab home needs at least one accessory building. Enter My Galia, the 110-square-foot sauna structure. Inside, planks of black alder wood finish the sauna to provide natural insulation while residents find rest in the heated room.

While each home serves a distinct purpose, convenient comforts like a cast-iron stove, electric heater, and terrace are integrated into My Milla and My Kalmus structures. Each cabin is also customizable, allowing buyers to choose their home’s finishes, window placements, doors, and furniture.

An external fire pit provides ample warmth inside and outside the cabin.

The sauna is paneled in black alder wood for natural insulation.

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This wooden desk organizer has a modular design to fit all of your stationery items

Nick is a wooden desk organizer defined by a modular design that allows users to configure its structure to meet their needs.

When our stationery isn’t organized, our desks feel less like workspaces and more like minefields. One wrong move and those stacks of paper are going down along with the cups you filled with paperclips and thumbtacks. Before you know it, there’s hardly room to get any work done. Desk organizers help take care of the clutter and even add a bit of personality to your workspace. Furniture designer Deniz Aktay designed his own modular desk organizer called Nick that’s carved from wood for a simple and functional workspace accessory.

Designer: Deniz Aktay

Nick finds its organizational scheme through a system of carved-out slots that provide holding spaces for our stationery items. Carving out the product’s grooves, Aktay created a built-in rail system that additional wooden modules can slide onto to form a multi-level organizer. Defined by its modular design, the components that come with Nick have different sizes for users to configure the overall structure to fit their organizational needs. Nick’s lengthier wooden modules provide a stable foundation for the shorter modules to latch onto, creating individual slots that are just the right size for different stationery items like writing utensils and short erasers.

Modular designs offer a lot of flexibility when it comes to adapting to our different needs. Similar to how a closet organizer offers storage compartments sized to fit specific clothing items, like shoes and pants, Nick allows users to configure their own desk organizer to accommodate their unique collection of stationery. Lengthy wooden modules provide the ideal slot for pencils and pens while the shorter modules stacked on top can hold your erasers and paperclips.

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This multipurpose tiny office was digitally fabricated for self assembly from a flat pack design

‘A Room In The Garden’ is a digitally fabricated tiny home office that can be self-assembled from a flatpack design.

Oh, to spend the day in the garden. While we’ve all gotten used to working from home and our little routines to get us through the workday, many of us are growing restless from being in the same spot and building at all hours of the day. While home reno projects do a lot to make our home offices feel fresh and comfortable, it’s normal to want to ditch our routines and get outside for the day. Studio Ben Allen designed ‘A Room In The Garden’ for those sorts of moments.

Designer: Studio Ben Allen

‘A Room In The Garden’ is “part garden folly, part ‘other space,’” as the architects for Studio Ben Allen describe it. Inspired by the playfulness of 18th-century folly architecture, known in Scotland as the Dunmore Pineapple, ‘A Room In The Garden’ keeps a whimsical outer display and a more subdued interior space.

Outside, the patterned green cladding is meant to camouflage the structure in plain sight, merging together an air of whimsical surrealism with practicality. Inside, exposed timber framing gives the structure a mood of seriousness, ideal for working.

As a result of working from home, a lot of us are searching for quiet, cozy corners of the world to call ours for the workday. Designed for the modern family, ‘A Room In The Garden’ provides a working sanctuary for parents in urban areas to get away from the hustle and bustle of city streets and their children. The floor-to-ceiling window even offers a clever vista point for parents to supervise their children’s playtime while still having their own quiet space.

Considering the project’s design and construction process, Studio Ben Allen’s architects put themselves back in the driver’s seat thanks to modern technologies like digital fabrication and CNC milling. Using digital fabrication in the form of 2D flatbed CNC cutting technology, the architects ensured that the building process was affordable and readily accessible to most city residents.

Optimizing the assembly process, digital fabrication allowed for all elements of the structure to be “cut and notched to interlock,” Studio Ben Allen suggests, “This has the advantage that it maximizes the structural performance of the timber and avoids the need for measuring on-site.”

As the architects go on to describe, each element is numbered and slots into the next, keeping the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced during the process to a minimum. With the combination of clean assembly, technically advanced digital fabrication and minimal, recyclable building materials, Studio Ben Allen constructed a tiny remote sanctuary that embraces sensible craft and tasteful aesthetics.

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This WFH accessory is designed to monitor your posture for healthy spinal alignment

Uplift is a posture-monitoring desk accessory that broadcasts users’ real-time side profiles and posture-correcting suggestions.

Working from home has done a number on our spinal alignment. As we crunch in work to meet our deadlines, we gradually hunch over the laptop to meet its screen without ever realizing how it affects our spines and postures. While physical posture correctors do exist, wearing harnesses at work isn’t exactly ideal. Introducing a more applicable way to correct our postures without distracting us from work Uplift is a remote posture monitor designed to operate as a desk clock.

Designer: Aj Choudhury

In designing Uplift, Aj Choudhury felt inspired by the appeal of smoothies. Generally accepted as the blueprint for a healthy meal, smoothies offer a convenient and tasty way of getting in all of your daily nutrients without making you feel like you’re choking on pounds of broccoli. Designed to be the size of a pocket watch that can sit on your desk as a small clock, Uplift stays out of your personal space, yet still manages to offer the same perks as a posture corrector.

Being sedentary for long hours at a time, unfortunately, comes with the territory of the workday. It’s just the reality of it. As a result, workers suffer back pain and long-term spinal damage that arises from sitting too long in uncomfortable and unergonomic positions. Uplift comes in handy during those hours since it reminds users to stand up and walk around a bit when they’ve been sitting for too long.

Choudhury created Uplift as a posture-monitoring accessory hub, “that sits at the user’s desk, encouraging them to reduce slouching and sedentary time. Dressed in soft-touch resin and given a slim profile, Uplift has a tactile appeal and portable size.

It does this with a real-time view of the user’s posture along with useful prompts and advice.” From the device’s main display, users can witness a real-time side profile of their spinal alignment as well as broadcast suggestions to ‘lift your seat,’ or ‘raise your screen angle.’

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This wooden desk embraces minimalism through a simple build and removable storage space

The Diag Desk is a minimalist, modern desk built to optimize desk space while incorporating storage elements like removable leather compartments.

When it comes to desks, the simpler the better. Desks that are rooted in simplicity, either through a minimalist approach or by embracing Scandinavian aesthetics, typically offer a lot of practicality while maintaining a stripped-down design.

Designer: Marek Błażucki

Considering its minimalist build, more space can be devoted to the desk’s tabletop, where most of the desk’s purpose is reserved. The Diag Desk from Polish designer Marek Błażucki is one kind of minimalist design that integrates storage systems into its build, ensuring that users have ample desk space while still keeping their necessary stationery within arm’s reach.

Recognized with an Honorable Mention from LOOP Design’s 2021 award season, the Diag Desk consists of a wooden desktop supported by four steel legs. The rectangular desktop is cradled by raised wooden lips that help organize your stationery items into a grid and prevent them from falling off the desk.

Along the backside of the desk, users can find integrated cavities where leather organizers can be strapped for extra storage. One cubic leather organizer can be used for loose items like writing utensils and measuring tools, whereas the rectangular organizer can store slimmer accessories such as business cards and smaller notebooks.

Offering plenty of leg height and room, the desk is raised to the average height of sitting desks. The desktop itself is conceptualized in either veneer/solid wood or lacquered MDF wood fibers, while the legs are constructed from brushed stainless steel or an anthracite structural lacquered base.

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This WFH solution incorporates hidden storage spaces and a flip-down desk for all your working needs

Beaktor is a workspace furniture solution with an integrated flip-down desk designed for the new era of remote working and WFH.

The remote workspace solutions to come out of recent years have made working from home look real nice. Once you have a corner of the home to call your own and get some work done, next comes the fun part–home-reno. While the temptation to gut your storage closet and transform it into a small workspace is real, it’s not the only way to get some work done at home.

Designer: Beaktor x Ernesto Velasco

Some of the most versatile WFH solutions actually don’t even look like offices. Designed by Ernesto Velasco, Beaktor is a new home office design that appears like a slim wooden easel with an integrated flip-down deskspace to fold back up once the workday is done.

Designed for this new normal of working from home, Beaktor is designed to bring the workspace anywhere—from the basement to wherever the WiFi’s stronger. “Beaktor is a workspace created for a new era to help people and organizations transition to an inspiring and sustainable remote working experience, from home or anywhere,” Velasco explains, “Its industrial design is based on two elements: the frame, comprised of a thick ash wood, and a flip-down central unit that reveals a work surface, and acoustic pegboard panel, and storage compartment.”

Velasco hoped to design a remote workspace that keeps a minimalist look to fit into most modern homes while keeping a compact overall size. Finding flexibility in concealing the workspace’s main function, Velasco integrated a flip-down deskspace into Beaktor’s wooden frame. Much like how an art easel flips open to reveal an internal storage space where painters can keep all of their supplies, Beaktor’s primary function is revealed once its desk space is flipped open.

Velasco also incorporated lighting, USB charging ports, power sockets, and an original kit of accessories that allow users to position their second screens into the build of Beaktor to ensure that users have everything they might need to get through the workdays–all’s that’s missing is a bathroom. At long last, when the workday ends, Beaktor closes and its front display reveals BeakArt, a magnetic display surface that projects pieces of art like screensavers.

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This lamp takes on modern minimalism with a simple and multifunctional design

Shail Iyer’s lamp design takes on modern minimalism, with a simple and multifunctional light fixture.

Spending more time working from home in our home offices is turning many of us to minimalism. We’re all sick of the clutter. While true minimalism is difficult to integrate and embody in the day-to-day, contemporary, hybrid takes on the movement make the overall look of minimalism feel a little more accessible. Known for simplicity and function, modern minimalism is all about taking up as little space as possible, while doing big jobs. Taking his swing at it, industrial designer and 3D product visualizer Shail Iyer tried his take on modern minimalism with a new lamp design.

Designer: Shail Iyer

Defined by a multi-shaped silhouette, Iyer’s desk lamp appears like a modern lamp light lantern. The body of the lamp remains the most noticeable, keeping a large, cylindrical shape that provides a weighty bottom for stability. Then, a capsule-shaped LED light operates as the lamp’s main light fixture, which is connected to a semi-circular steel handle. Incorporating a touch of multifunctionality into the design, Iyer designed the lamp so that it could either rest atop a flat surface or hang from a hook on the wall for a unique wall-mounted light fixture.

“Modern minimalism was something that always excited the designer in me,” explaining the design’s original inspiration behind. On his draw to modern minimalism, Iyer describes, “Just the simplicity and elegance of these forms and designs in open spaces tends to create so much more rest and space for relaxation.”

 

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This multifunctional WFH unit combines a library with integrated desks to feed our curiosity while we work

Curiosity-Go-Round is a cylindrical, miniature library that also functions as a workspace with integrated desks and tables.

As we adjust our routines to fit our work-from-home lifestyles, the furniture that gets us through the workday adjusts alongside us. Since WFH orders were first put in place, designers have found versatility in making integrative and modular home furniture.

Designer: Creative Project Base x Keigo Kobayashi

Taking the multifunctional and immersive spirit of WFH furniture to its maximalist end, architect Keigo Kobayashi was called on by the Creative Project Base team to create a bookcase that combines elements of a traditional workspace with integrated storage units to form a bookworm’s private working oasis called Curiosity-Go-Round. Before Curiosity-Go-Round reached completion, Japan-based company Creative Project Base told Kobayashi, “I want you to make a bookshelf that can hold all the books you have now…I want to make it a place where you can come up with ideas by yourself.”

The unconventional, miniature library stands alone as its own unit with embedded desks that engross workers in the shelves of books, as well as a central cavity that functions as a private retreat from the demands of the workday. Working amidst shelves of books can bring some calm so workers can focus and lose track of time for a moment. On different ends of Curiosity-Go-Round, the convex shelves curve to provide spacious tables for collaborative or solo work. The overall unit rises like a wonky cylinder with an open internal center that leaves room to explore the unit’s bookshelves.

By transforming the traditional office space into a zany bookworm’s retreat, work begins to feel more creative, collaborative, and manageable. Once Curiosity-Go-Round was completed, Creative Project Base describes, “After completion, many people visited, picked up books, read, talked, came up with ideas, and many creative [undertakings] became more [dynamic]. Everyone goes around, goes inside, [and] tickles their curiosity to the fullest…”

Primarily functioning as a standalone library, the internal volume is left open for people to enter and explore the bookshelves. 

Curiosity-Go-Round is designed to flow freely between the floor and ceiling. 

Integrated desks jut from the central volume to provide table space for working. 

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