Amp up your work from home productivity with these sleek product designs!

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In 2020 our lives changed completely, the COVID-19 pandemic transformed what was considered the ‘norm’, and created new norms that molded the way we lived. One of these new norms is the work from home culture, and it has continued well into 2022. We’ve been working from our homes for almost a year now, and although we have adapted to it, it can be quite a bore at times. I, for one, am always looking out for options and ways to spice up my work-from-home routine. And I’ve found that adding new products, giving my home office a makeover, and looking for quirky designs to amp up my productivity really does help! Hence, here’s a collection of interesting, super functional, and productivity-enhancing designs that promise to be the best work from home investments of 2022.

1. COMM

COMM for Work From Home Design Details

COMM for Work From Home Design Details

COMM offers a touchscreen display that shows the different functions. The main functions are as follows: sharing information, reporting, expression of emotions, mutual understanding, and idea suggestions. Your home work environment can “feel” more like a real office with this simple device designed by South Korean designed Eunjeong with Fountain Studio.

Why is it noteworthy?

You can update your computer or maybe by a more comfortable and ergonomic workspace. The goal should always be speed and efficiency when it comes to working so in the area of communication, you must find a better way how to send messages across to a different party. The COMM is a concept device that can help people communicate from home. It’s a simpler way to send and receive messages, give feedback, and deliver what needs to be done. The result is increased work efficiency, especially with the angled screen for more comfortable viewing when sitting down.

What we like

  • Helps improve creativity and productivity by showing the information you need sans any distraction
  • Better than a smartphone or tablet, as it eliminates the temptation to check other apps

What we dislike

  • Limited compared to face-to-face communication, but still not too bad!

What do you think?

2. The Mover Erase Combo

Reusable like a whiteboard, portable and sticky like a Post-it, the Mover Erase brings one of the workplace’s most effective features to your WFH setup. The Mover Erase turns the whiteboard into a portable setup that you can carry around with you because productivity shouldn’t be limited to a ‘place’.

Why is it noteworthy?

At the heart of this system is the individual Mover Erase tile, a small rectangular element that you can write/doodle on and stick anywhere. Unlike a whiteboard, where you can’t really rearrange stuff that’s written, the Mover Erase’s tile-based system meant you could move blocks around, shifting ideas from one column to another… and unlike Post-its, the Mover Erase tiles were infinitely reusable, with each reusable tile saving nearly 10,000 sheets of paper. The Mover Erase Combo comes along with a magnetic folio case that’s best described as your portable whiteboard. Available in two sizes (a smaller MoverPad and a larger MoverBook), the folio acts as a central system for organizing, ideating, and processing.

What we like

  • They say the average human uses 700 pounds of paper each year. The Mover Erase Combo drastically reduces that footprint.
  • Extremely portable design
  • Works incredibly well for people with ADHD

What we dislike

  • The reusable tiles are easy to lose!

3. uuma

This portable table and chair combo is made from fiberglass, which offers the unit its much-needed portability and durability. Fiberglass by virtue is a sustainable and pretty affordable material, it is also lightweight and robust in nature. The customizable furniture unit comprises four parts primarily that can be removed or put together with minimum know-how. The modular parts of the uuma include a height-adjustable metal leg – forming the central frame – and the lower and upper table layers.

Why is it noteworthy?

During the work from home regime, there may be times when you want to move to the balcony/garden and work while soaking in some sun. It seems easy with the choice of outdoor furniture, but if you have tried – you know – meeting the comfort of the workstation outside is not possible, and you end up cutting the adventure short, only to return to the more efficient work environment. With the umma the scenario is alterable. You can have a comfortable seat that can raise or lower on demand and can be clipped open to reveal a height-adjustable table. This table and chair can then be equally comfortable whether you choose to place it outside or inside in your home-office nook. This means, with uuma you can work wherever and whenever you can find the right motivation and creativity you need for your work.

What we like

  • Can be used in multiple setting both indoors and outdoors
  • Highly portable and durable

What we dislike

  • The design may not be very ergonomic or comfortable to work on for long hours

4. The AirPoint Mouse finger-wearable presenter

The AirPoint Mouse finger-wearable presenter is an interesting 3D or desktop mouse. You can deliver brilliant presentations with this intriguing 2-in-1 gadget! You can control the cursor with quick wrist movements and intuitive air gestures. The Ring has touchpads on both sides!

Why is it noteworthy?

The AirPoint Mouse finger-wearable presenter helps you deliver your presentations in a more professional and streamlined manner. It features a spotlight, magnifier, and pointer. In fact, you can even use it as a desktop mouse. It’s a multipurpose gadget that helps you carry out your day-to-day tasks in a more efficient manner!

What we like

  • Multipurpose design
  • Compact and lightweight form

What we dislike

  • There are similar wearable designs like this on the market

5. The V8 Engine block pen holder

The V8 Engine block pen holder is created via a precision-machining process. Depending on your personal aesthetic preference, you can pick a machine finish or a bead-blasted visual. It also features removable pen liners in three sizes-small, medium, and large. This makes sure that all your stationery is securely in place!

Why is it noteworthy?

In a time when work from home has become a norm, and the desks in our home offices are an absolute mess, it’s extremely important to utilize designs that help us organize our desks. The V8 Engine block pen holder does exactly that, but with an innovative twist. It’s a far cry from the standard pen holders we get these days! It features manifold bolt holes, cylinders, bores for fuel intake and exhaust, bores for cam rods, and the crankshaft cavity. Interesting, no?

What we like

  • An innovative twist on an ordinary product
  • Organizes your desk in a fun + functional manner

What we dislike

  • Bulky form

6. MOLO

MOLO Personal Computer Stand

MOLO PC Stand

The MOLO comes in a monolithic design and can hold a computer or monitor with strength and durability. It can help you ensure your desk is as well organized and functional as you need it to be. A well-managed working environment can enable you to focus on the tasks at hand. Your workstation with a MOLO at the center can inspire you to do your best. As the Molo keeps its place securely on your desk, you can be reminded to be grounded and responsible.

Why is it noteworthy?

Since we are not going back to the office anytime soon, we must continue making sure our work area is clean, clutter-free, and efficient. If you’re on the lookout for new stuff for your home office, you may want to consider improving your desk situation first. Get a computer desktop stand to elevate your monitor or laptop and place your smartphone and other things there. The MOLO is an ideal computer stand with its static design and more.

What we like

  • Strength + durability
  • You can hide the keyboard underneath the MOLO when not in use

What we dislike

  • Seems more like an eye-candy, than a highly functional design

7. Levitating Pen

Designed as what I assume is the world’s first and only ‘sci-fi’ pen, the pen is a marvel of engineering as it floats within its gravity-defying stand, looking almost like something out of an alien’s spaceship. The pen itself is a remarkable writing instrument, equipped with a Schmidt ballpoint cartridge for a smooth, luxurious writing experience, however, when you’re taking a break from writing, the pen doesn’t just simply go into a pencil case or a pen-stand.

Why is it noteworthy?

The pen comes with its own magnetic stand that allows it to rest in an inclined position with its tip touching the pen-stand, without tipping over. Magnets within the pen stand’s arc-shaped guardrail help the pen hover on its own, resting on just one point. The magnetic forces also cause the pen to gently sway up and down or even spin on its axis, resulting in an experience that feels metaphorically and literally out of this world!

What we like

  • The pen’s wonderful interactive quality
  • Spinning the pen in certain intervals can be a stress buster

What we dislike

  • We wonder how ergonomic or comfortable would the pen be to use

8. Slate

Designing Slate, Yang hoped to provide a visual for time itself. A digital time display is located at the top of Slate right beside slightly smaller displays that host the alarm function and date. Just below the digital time display, users will find a steel plate with features like a notepad and magnetized corkboard. When Slate’s alarm clock wakes users up, they can look to the steel plate to keep track of their day. Along the side of the Slate, users can find dial adjustments that can set the time, date, and alarms.

Why is it noteworthy?

One product designer, Hyunbin Yang, saw the potential for alarm clocks to take us through the day with the same productive energy they have when waking us up. Slate, an alarm clock dressed as a clapperboard, functions as a conventional alarm clock would and hosts a series of organizational systems to keep us on top of our daily agenda.

What we like

  • Goes beyond ordinary alarm clocks
  • Helps you organize your busy day

What we dislike

  • It’s an interesting concept, but may not have an actual market for it, since there are more futuristic designs that do the same tasks

9. Tsugite

Tsugite is a reusable pencil system that uses a Japanese joinery method called tsugite. Park conceptualized Tsugite to come in a pack, stored with around twelve pencil bodies and their corresponding ends. The pencil body was crafted to form an arrow-shaped end piece that links into a horseshoe-shaped pencil tip. Once the pencil’s tip is too dull for use, the same body can still be used and another tip piece can be attached. While no hardware or joinery pieces are required to join the two modules together, users can rest assured the pencil tip and body are secure in place considering this same crafty joinery method is relied upon to build homes.

Why is it noteworthy?

Once pencils are too short to use, we have DIY solutions that offer temporary relief, but usually, we end up just reaching for a new pencil. Sticking a pen cap to the pencil’s eraser end helps give the pencil some length, but at that point, you might as well use the pen. In an effort to reduce the waste collected from finished pencils, Park conceptualized a reusable system. Tsugite is essentially made up of two pieces: the pencil’s body and the pencil’s detachable tip.

What we like

  • Reduces waste
  • Reusable design
  • Integrates Japanse joinery method

What we dislike

No complaints!

10. The FLIP calculator

The FLIP calculator changes the design formula in three important ways. The most evident is its minimalist that manages to exude a pinch of personality. Its predominant peach color makes it stand out without being too gaudy. The candy-like shape of the buttons also makes you want to pick them out and put them in your mouth. The calculator is also designed to be flipped over when not in use without actually breaking its minimalist appeal. The edges around the top of the calculator are actually raised to prevent the entry of dust and small particles when it is laid down on its face. The ridges on the bottom provide an interesting visual pattern that almost hides the nature of the calculator underneath.

Why is it noteworthy?

A simple change in design transforms a calculator into a dual-purpose object. It helps save up on desk space because a single item can do two things without taking up twice the area. It doesn’t even require some fundamental change to how the calculator works or adding of some complex mechanism. It just needed a few tweaks here and there to make an everyday object look more interesting and more useful at the same time.

What we like

  • Much needed transformation for the calculator
  • The edges around the calculator prevent the entry of dust

What we dislike

  • Relevance of such a product in today’s time, when we use our smartphone to calculate everything!

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COMM is a smart screen concept that makes working from home more efficient

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Working from home has now become more than just a buzzword. It is a reality for millions of people around the world. And that’s still after two years of the pandemic. The reality is not only being lived by employees and businesses but also by students and teachers.

If you are still part of that group that works from home, you have probably built your own home office. In the past two years, you have already found a setup that works for you. But since things can get boring around, it can be a good idea to rotate the furniture around or switch things so you can be more inspired to work.

Designer: Eunjung | Fountain Studio

COMM for Work From Home Design Details

You can update your computer or maybe by a more comfortable and ergonomic workspace. The goal should always be speed and efficiency when it comes to working so in the area of communication, you must find a better way how to send messages across to a different party. The COMM is a concept device that can help people communicate from home. It’s a simpler way to send and receive messages, give feedback, and deliver what needs to be done. The result is increased work efficiency, especially with the angled screen for more comfortable viewing when sitting down.

COMM for Work From Home Design Details

Communication Device for Work from home​​​​​​​

COMM offers a touchscreen display that shows the different functions. The main functions are as follows: sharing information, reporting, expression of emotions, mutual understanding, and idea suggestions. Your home work environment can “feel” more like a real office with this simple device designed by South Korean designed Eunjeong with Fountain Studio.

COMM Colors

You can change the mode of the COMM by rotating the top part. It helps improve creativity and productivity by showing the information you need sans any distraction. Sure, you can use a tablet or a smartphone to help you with work but there is always the temptation to check other apps and websites. Before you know it, you’ve been down the rabbit hole and have forgotten about that deadline, no thanks to your endless scrolling.

COMM for Work From Home Design Details

With the concept communication device, you can set and check your work schedule. You can do a video conference right on the COMM as it can connect straight to another workmate. If there is a scheduled meeting, you can simply turn the icon to be connected to the other person. If you will be away from the computer, you can set your status and your workmates will see ‘Away Mode’ on their respective COMM units.

Communication is more direct now, giving the illusion your co-worker is just at another table, room, or floor. It is still limited but there is no way for you to not reach another person. There’s text, chat, video call, or voice call…and this COMM.

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Communication Device for Work from home​​​​​​​

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COMM WFH Device

COMM Communication Device for Business

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Revi is a fabric-covered pebble that is a webcam and smart speaker in one

Work from home arrangements has webcams a necessity in many homes. Almost all laptops today come with one, but not all of them are up to snuff with people’s needs, especially for those who only have desktop computers with no webcams. That had made this class of accessories popular again, like back in the days when webcams were like rare Pokemon. This, of course, has also opened the doors to rethinking webcams, like this concept that tries to make it do something useful when you’re done using it as a webcam.

Designer: Pelin Özbalcı

Almost all laptops and monitors with embedded webcams only deliver the basics in terms of functions and quality. There isn’t that much space to cram in more advanced hardware, and those that need higher-quality videos can always purchase a standalone webcam. Those, however, can sometimes be clunky and cumbersome to use, especially when trying to attach them to a screen.

Revi tries to reimagine this device category by turning the webcam into a portable smart speaker as well. Or rather, Revi is a pebble-shaped smart speaker that has a hidden webcam. In a world where both kinds of devices are in high demand, having both functions in a single device definitely helps reduce the number of things you have to juggle. Plus, it also looks cool when your Bluetooth speaker suddenly transforms into a webcam or vice-versa.

The front of the Revi is covered with the typical fabric used for smart speakers, but the mottled appearance makes it look more like a pumice stone from a distance. This is its “dormant” mode, where it functions as a speaker you can place near your desk. When it’s suddenly time to make a video call, you can simply swivel its back to reveal the webcam hiding beneath.

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The gap between these two halves of the device creates a crevice where the edge of a laptop screen or a thin monitor can slot into, letting the webcam rest naturally on the top edge with no need for clips or adhesives. When used with a laptop, the camera’s height creates a more natural angle that frames your face better than built-in webcams. The Revi can continue acting as a speaker and mic for your laptop, even during a video call.

Revi is also envisioned to be a smart speaker, where AI not only provides additional functionality but also performs noise cancellation. The device is even smart enough to know when you’re receiving a call or about to go on a meeting and pauses the music, allowing you to conveniently place the webcam on your screen without breaking a sweat. Given its design, it’s probably possible to use the Revi as a handheld or standalone camera, which also removes the need to buy an external camera for doing live streams away from your desk.

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Top 10 WFH design trends of 2022

In 2020 our lives changed completely changed. The COVID-19 pandemic transformed what was considered the ‘norm’, and created new norms that molded the way we lived. One of these new norms was the work from home culture, and two years later, it has continued well into 2022. We’ve been working from our homes for a WHILE now, and although we have adapted to it and pretty much-reached pro status, it can still be quite a bore at times. I, for one, am always looking out for various ways to spice up my work-from-home routine. And I’ve found that adding new products, giving my home office a makeover, or looking for quirky designs to amp up my productivity really does help! Hence, here’s a collection of interesting, super functional, and productivity-enhancing designs that promise to be the best work from home investments of 2022. From a Logitech-inspired mouse designed to save your wrist to a multifunctional wall organizer with modular planters – these innovative WFH designs are what your home office truly needs!

1. The XIN N01

Designer Jason Wong went back to the drawing board to reimagine what an ergonomic mouse would look and feel like without being limited to the traditional concept of a mouse. He started out with something that looked a lot like many ergonomic mice, with cutouts and flaps for supporting the fingers. From there, however, things took on a rather strange turn that led to something that is both from the past and the future. After testing out what looks like a mouse on a stand, Wong ended up with what he describes as a vertical mouse joystick design. Unlike a typical joystick, which predates the mouse, the person won’t need to keep a grip on the device and simply lay their hand on the supporting structure. There is even wrist support to help keep your arm from getting strained while in the position.

2. D-Tach

Industrial design student Andrew Chang decided to create a chair that fits the bill. D-Tach is a modular stool design that functions as a traditional office chair, only to disassemble into parts that provide a small working space on the go.In its initial form, D-Tach comes as a fully intact stool, complete with leather cushions and a backrest. When designing D-Tach, Chang changed the traditional shape of a stool to better fit his stool’s dual function. Describing this choice, Chang explains, “I changed the traditional stool stand into a circular [shaped] stand. This gives the feet more room when using the stand as a table.”

3. Kosumi’s Wall Organizer and Mess-Free Planter

No matter the size of your living space, multi-use furniture helps to keep both the floor and our minds free from clutter. Adding his own multi-functional, organizational WFH design to the mix, Fahredin Kosumi created a Wall Organizer and Mess-Free Planter to form a magnetic, modular garden to mount on any vertical surface. Defined by an assembly system close to LEGO building blocks, Kosumi’s Wall Organizer and Mess-Free Planter come with base grids that attach to walls with 3M strips, requiring no hardware or tools in the process. Once users form their base grid on their chosen vertical surface, the fun begins. Stocked with over 20 different modules, Kosumi’s Wall Organizer and Mess-Free Planter come with hangers, magnetic clips, transparent storage containers, planters, and cubbies.

4. 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.

5. The azbi Chair

The azbi Chair is a setup that’ll get you instantly excited for its unique seating position which always keeps the screen at the optimum distance for dramatically reduced body and eye strain. According to the designer, the mouse and keyboard stay just where you want them to be, bringing a never-before-seen ergonomic setup for people who have to work for long hours on their PC. Wooden make of the hamster wheel-like chair setup doesn’t promote fitness in any way, but it sure does give laid-back work a whole new meaning. I can imagine myself lying flat on the azbi Chair with music plugged in. Man! that would be pure bliss to enhance creative work skills. Definitely, this will require space – perhaps a dedicated corner in the living room or an expansive bedroom. If you’ve got enough room to spare, this is one thing made for a geek’s den.

6. The Bold Desk

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.

7. The Kiya Pro webcam

Razer Kiyo Pro HD Webcam

Razer Kiyo Pro HD Webcam

The Kiyo Pro webcam comes with a wide-angle lens and an adjustable FOV, giving you the freedom to decide whether you want the camera to focus just on your face, or capture a wider view to show everyone the rest of your room/studio. It’s pretty clear that Razer designed the Kiyo Pro from the ground up, focusing on creating a webcam that works just as well for gamers and content creators as it does for office-goers. The webcam can be configured within the Razer Synapse software, allowing you to adjust the FOV (with three settings – 103°, 90°, and 80°), toggle AutoFocus, tinker with brightness/contrast/saturation, and even switch on/off the HDR feature. It’s worth noting that with the HDR on, the Kiyo Pro’s video output drops from 1080p@60fps to 1080p@30fps.

8. The Logi Dock

Logitech Logi Dock WFH Setup

Designed to act as the makeshift IT guy who sets up your workspace you can easily get to work without fiddling with wires, peripherals, and ports, the Logi Dock comes with all the ports you need at the back, effectively shifting the mess of cables off your desk and to its rear. It supports up to five USB peripherals and up to two monitors — while charging your laptop up to 100W and even giving you the ability to juice your phone/tablet. Once you’ve set your workspace up, the Logi Dock’s buttons make it a breeze to enter and exit meetings, toggle your webcam (without interacting with the video-conferencing app’s interface), and if you’ve got a headset, you can either use the buttons on the Logi Dock to switch the mic on or off or use the Dock’s advanced speakerphone system to attend meetings without using headphones.

9. The Brewster DCM5000

Designed especially for those of us who work from home, the Brewster DCM5000 is compact and highly technical to limit the mess of making coffee and make it easier to use. The team of India-based designers conceptualized the Brewster DCM5000 as a coffee maker that could be placed on a desk without taking up too much space. Downsized to fit in any workspace, the Brewster DCM5000’s bulkiest part is the 250ml water tank. Even so, the Brewster DCM5000 features a rear cavity that holds the water tank in place, cutting its width in half. In addition to its compact size, the designers wanted to ensure that users could select the number of cups they’d like brewed, the strength of their coffee, and enjoy an automatic circular pour-over mechanism.

10. Flora

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

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Create the perfect WFH setup with these 10 steps

Even as more and more people have started going back to the office on a daily basis, the uncertainty of the times has forced many companies to switch to a hybrid arrangement that still allocates some working time at home. For some, the past two years have been enough to adjust to this kind of setup, but many more are still at a loss on how to survive the new world order. Creating a work from home or WFH setup doesn’t require hiring a designer, and you can easily build your work haven at home in just ten easy steps.

Designer: Microsoft

1. Claim the Space

One of the biggest problems people encountered when they were forced to work from home for the first time was realizing that they didn’t exactly have a dedicated space for it. Not everyone has a home office, and some don’t even have a spare room to convert to a workspace. Thankfully, work has also adjusted these days so that colleagues and even bosses don’t always expect people to be holed up in a closet away from the rest of the household.

That said, it is critical to still establish some space as your workspace, like staking a claim to some physical area of the house. Whether that’s a corner of your room or the dining table outside of meals, it’s important to designate a location to do your work. It doesn’t even have to be a single place as long as they will be the same two or three areas you use for work.

Designer: Tony Heap

Setting up a physical space isn’t just about creating order in the midst of the chaos of the home, though that is important as well. Having a designated spot for working has the psychological effect of preparing you for work whenever you approach that space with your tools in hand. You don’t have the mental transition that occurs when you enter and leave the office, so having a specific space for doing work becomes that switch your brain needs when working at home.

2. Set boundaries

Choosing a space at home naturally creates a physical boundary that separates your work life from your home life. That compartmentalization is easier to pull off when home and office are located in different places, but sometimes even just having a few square feet of dedicated space is enough to avoid overloading your brain. Not all boundaries are physical, however, and there are some walls that need to be built even when your office is in the living room.

Despite working from home, some offices still have set hours when they expect employees to actually be working. Whether or not you have fixed or fluid arrangements, you will need to establish the time when you will actually be using that space for work, especially if it’s actually a common family area just repurposed for work. This allows you to set ground rules when no one should bother you (unless it’s an emergency) and when it might be ok to invade your space from some much-needed cuddles. No guarantee pets will respect those rules, especially when cuddles are involved.

Designer: Juhee Park

Distractions, however, pose an even bigger problem than physical space and time. Even those with separate home offices find themselves in embarrassing situations when cute toddlers barge in during meetings. Accidents do happen, but it’s still important to lay down the law when it comes to your work time, even if you don’t have any door to lock in the first place. You can also wear headphones, even when you’re not actually listening to anything, as a visual reminder to everyone around you that you’re not supposed to be disturbed. Distractions coming from the Internet, like social media and chats, are sometimes harder to ward off, but there is no shortage of tools and apps to rein them in for a period of time.

3. Choose a desk

Whether you’re working with digital files or paper, the chances are that you’ll need a desk to work on. Contrary to popular belief, buying a new desk is only secondary to establishing your space and time for work. You don’t even have to buy a new one if you can use the tables that you have at home. Of course, it’s sometimes also the most exciting part of setting up a WFH environment because of the number of options available.

The past two years have seen a sudden increase in desks and tables sold on the market, many of them designed for WFH scenarios. We’ve even seen our fair share of design concepts that we wished actually existed as commercial products. For designers and design-conscious people, the decision-making process can both be exciting and overwhelming, but there are really only a few critical details you have to consider when looking for the perfect WFH desk.

The very first consideration is, of course, the space you have available for setting the desk up, which might sometimes mean settling for a table you can fold away when not in use. Depending on your needs, you might also go for one with plenty of storage space or none at all. Whether you opt for a fixed desk or one that can go away at a moment’s notice, it is critical that it’s comfortable to use, which brings us to the next important step in the setup process.

Designer: Razer

Designer: MOFT

4. Ergonomics counts

Whether you go for that beautiful IKEA desk or the kitchen table, you will want to make sure that you aren’t literally breaking your back over it. This is true not just for desks but also for chairs, something that is often taken for granted by people, whether at home or at work. In the office, few people have the luxury of choosing their own furniture, so why not take advantage of that luxury at home and pick out ergonomic equipment.

Designer: RLDH

If you’re simply reusing the tables and chairs you have at hand, there are still ways to make sure you’re protecting your body during your long hours of work. Accessories that promote proper posture are easily accessible these days, but sometimes you don’t even have to go that far. Simply adjusting your screen to a proper height could already do wonders for your back and neck.

Designers: Stephen Cheng & Chris Andreae

Every little bit counts in creating a more ergonomic workspace. Lighting is also easily taken for granted, but your eyes will be grateful and more cooperative in the long run if you take note of it. There are tons of ergonomic keyboards and mice in the market today, but you don’t have to go broke when there are more affordable and equally comfortable options available. The important thing is to let your body be more comfortable, something that isn’t easily possible in a traditional workplace.

5. Choose your tools

You won’t get work done with just a desk and a chair, even if they’re the most ergonomically advanced and multi-functional minimalist piece of equipment in the world. You will need the tools of the trade, of course, and it can be too exciting trying to decide which ones to buy.

The tools you will need will differ from person to person and from job to job. You might need a new desktop or laptop if your job calls for it, and some software may not have been on your wishlist because the company provides for its employees. There are, however, a few general guidelines you can follow in making smart decisions, especially when taking the future in mind.

Work from home arrangements might not last forever, at least for some industries, so it might be best to invest in tools that can be useful even outside of that context. Most office supplies and desk accessories are like that, fortunately, but dedicated tablet arms and holders might not be at the top of your shopping list. If you have set your heart on creating a permanent working space, you’ll probably want to buy things that will match the aesthetic that you’re aiming for. Multi-functional furniture and equipment are also better in this regard because they can be used for different purposes, even outside of a WFH context.

Designer: Jinwoo Jang

6. Prepare what you need

Nothing wastes time more than looking for a working pen right when you need to write something down. You may have purchased the best set of tools for your work, but they mean zilch if they’re not available when and where you need them. It might not sound as exciting as buying new stuff, but being able to use the new stuff you buy means they’re actually at hand when it comes time to do your work.

Preparing your tools before you start your work might sound like a no-brainer, especially when you have a dedicated desk and storage for them. You might be surprised, however, at the amount of time we lose in looking for things inside drawers and under piles of “stuff.” You don’t need to be the most organized person in the world (more on that later), but you should at least prepare the things you need before you clock in for work. Alternatively, you could buy specific storage for the work tools you’ll need and separate them from the rest of the things on or near your desk. Bonus points if it blends well with the rest of the decor.

Designers: Hernan Gregorio and Julia Stabio

Those without a permanent desk might actually have it easier because they’re forced to prepare and clean up before and after work. This might even be the perfect opportunity to be in the market for organizes, containers, and bags that you can carry around the house or, if needed, to someone else’s house.

7. Uncluttered doesn’t mean empty

The previous point seems to suggest that we always need to keep our workspaces clear of clutter, which is true to some extent. By “clutter,” we mean things that aren’t where they should be or are actually detrimental to your mental health every time you see them. Unfortunately, it seems that some have taken that to also mean that the desk or work area should be clean, spotless, and, to some extent, minimalist to the extreme.

Designer: Can Türker

The reality is that this doesn’t always work for some people, and you’ll have to figure out which side of the spectrum you’re on. Some people do get a psychological high from having everything in their proper place, without a stray object in sight. Others prefer to have visual reminders here and there.

This isn’t just about decorative things, which we’ll get to later. It’s about organizing your work tools and maybe even some personal trinkets, which is a surprisingly more personal matter than what classic productivity gurus would have us believe. More than tidiness, the important thing is to have a place for the things you need, know where they are, and have them ready before you need them.

8. Health Matters

For all the problems that working from home has been advertised to create, there is one often overlooked benefit. Freed from the constraints of common office space, it is actually easier to stay healthy when working from home. That said, it can sometimes also be more difficult to exercise that discipline.

You don’t have to travel to work and be exposed to all the pollution out there. You can take breaks when you need to and won’t look like you’re slacking off. You can prepare and eat healthier meals rather than buying from the nearest store. You can also do some exercises before, after, or even in between work, whether or not you have fitness equipment at home.

Designer: Kim Dambi, Kim Kyung Jin, Park Sangjin, Park Sung Soon

All these presume, however, that you do take note of your health when working from home, something that might be harder to do when your bed is just a few feet away. Beyond building habits, there are also things you can use (or buy) to give your health a boost, like plants to soothe your eyes, humidifiers and purifiers to clean up the air, or a pretty water bottle on your desk that will remind you to hydrate every so often.

9. Reach out

The previous steps mostly revolved around the physical aspects of creating a perfect WFH environment, but humans aren’t just physical beings. Most of the complaints that people raised in the past two years being holed up at home were the sudden lack of social interaction with peers, classmates, and friends. Conversely, video meetings only induced “Zoom fatigue” because it wasn’t the kind of social interaction that we humans needed as social animals.

Until we arrive at the promise of a full-body AR or VR representation in the multiverse, we’ll have to make do with virtual forms of communication. What’s important is to keep those communication lines open, even beyond the typical work chats. You might not have what has been called “water cooler conversations” at work these days, but there are so many ways to keep in touch with colleagues and friends as well.

Designer: Bodosnap with Ecco Design

That said, keeping and respecting boundaries also apply here, perhaps more than ever. You wouldn’t just drop by at a co-worker’s house unannounced after office hours, so you probably shouldn’t bother them at the end of the day. Not unless you’ve already developed a level of friendship that goes beyond office hours, too.

10. Minimal or Maximal: Make it Yours

At the end of the day, the biggest consideration in creating the perfect WFH space is you. Unlike the sometimes cold and uniform cubicles and desks of offices, working from home offers people the opportunity to actually shape their workspace according to their needs and, more importantly, their budgets. That goes not only for the things you’ll need for work, like desks, chairs, computers, apps, pens, and the like but also for the aesthetic and decorative aspects of the environment.

Along with tidiness, the product and interior design industries have long leaned towards minimalist designs. The sudden spurt of video meetings has also pushed people to clean up their rooms or find creative ways to hide their things (thank goodness for new privacy features!). That might work for some, but others find this too clinical or even impersonal.

Designer: OEO Studio, Jonathan Formento x HBF

That is why many people today have found refuge in the polar opposite of minimalism. Maximalism, which doesn’t equate to clutter or hoarding, is more forgiving of inconsistent visual styles and designs. In fact, it encourages keeping things that “spark joy,” to use Marie Kondo’s words, even if it means having a bunch of knickknacks on your desk (hopefully arranged neatly). Whether you aim for minimalism or maximalism, a permanent desk, or a rotating arrangement, if you’re going to claim a space for you to work in, you might as well make it your own.

Designer: Luke Edward Hall (c/o The Spaces)

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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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This height adjustable smart table with customizable modules keeps your WFH space organized




The hybrid work lifestyle is scaling new highs as work from home continues to be a way to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Considering the altering furniture demands of users confined to their homes, designers and brands are creating smart tables integrated with features to make working from home easier. This is exactly what the new Rune Modular Table intends to do as well, in a way not imagined before.

We have seen IKEA step up to transform the entire work desk into a wireless charger and Razer design a conceptual table with separate modules users can swap and install as they desire. Continuing in the same space, designer Mok Zijie foresees an intelligent table with cleaver features like height adjustment and modules that fit seamlessly into the sockets concealed in the table’s surface.

With the Rune table and its accompanying modules, the designer intends to create a new standard of productivity for a hybrid work population that is continuously juggling – day in a day out – between different roles resulting in a cluttered table every time they set out for a new task. If you have been working from home or know someone who is caught up in the act, you will instantly relate to the problem of clutter on the table. Wires, stationary, smart devices all piled up on your work desk is a problem that needs a solution, and Rune sets out to provide that through a good quality minimalistic desk.

The Rune smart table has a slim form factor, yet holds cutouts on the surface with magnetic sockets to accommodate various modules for a lamp, speaker, wireless charger, stationery container and more. Users can customize the table – with modules of choice – from the Rune website. These modules flush right into the slots on the smart table allowing seamless visual experience. Onboard is the Rune Controller module that provides users complete control over the table and its configuration. When a new module is connected to the magnetic socket, the controlled automatically detects the installed module and offers options to control and uninstall it to make space for a new module.

If you’re struggling with a cluttered desk and storage is a primary focus, the Rune Modular Table is conceptualized to adjust to your requirements and minimize unnecessary pile up on your workstation to make it look light and clean at all times.

Designed by Mok Zijie

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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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This laptop desk is cushioned, has storage space & makes working from couch more ergonomic!

Let’s be real – we spend a lot of time in the day figuring out the most comfortable work-from-home position because the bed is where we start slouching into a nap and the desk is too upright. Tony Heap was going through a similar problem and after making a makeshift laptop desk that let him work from his couch, he made it even better by adding in storage and taking care of ergonomics. Heap, really heard our cries for a comfortable laptop desk and that’s how LAPOD (laptop desk + storage pod) was born!

Whether you’re a digital nomad or a remote worker, LAPOD allows you to easily and comfortably work from anywhere. The lap desk holds all accessories such as chargers, cables, portable drives, without adding clutter to your ouch or side tables. The storage pod is also cushioned to make it comfortable when it is on your lap. No more balancing your laptop on your knee, battery indicator flashing, juggling charger, and plug while searching your bag for your earbuds to take that incoming video call!

The gentle sweeping ergonomic shape is the result of a carefully considered form designed to fit you just as well as fit your things. Raising your work up off your lap reduces wrist angle and neck-craning. “Ergonomically, we work in a multitude of different positions: sitting upright or reclined, knees together or spread, maybe one leg over the other, or sitting cross-legged yogi-style in the lotus position. To add to this, we aren’t really designed to stay sitting still, so it’s often a combination of all of the above in some sort of human posture shuffle,” adds Heap.

Single-handedly access whatever you have inside the storage pod without disturbing whatever you have on top of your desk. Need to plug into portable drives or power packs? LAPOD’s simple cable routing slot has you covered. It also features a cutaway slot in the work surface that allows you to run cables or charge batteries without navigating a ‘spaghetti junction’ at your feet or losing any valuable desk space.

Heap believes that balancing the often diverging properties is key to great material selection and development. LAPOD’s storage pod is made from high-quality rigid P.E.T. felt as it is super durable while being tactile and aesthetically pleasing. The desk is slim, lightweight, resilient, and completely hand washable. This lap desk is currently topping our list of work-from-home essentials!

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Designer: Tony Heap

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