Now that we’ve had a taste of what working from home feels like, we’re all noticing the ways our work setups can be improved. It might be that your desk is too short or that your wires desperately need some organizing. No matter what you do, your workspace should feel comfortable and accessible so that you can move through the workday as smoothly as possible. After one year of intermittently working from home, Lucas Couto dreamed up his ideal WFH setup and it’s safe to say, we all want in.
What appears as a simple computer desk setup turns out to be so much more. For starters, Couto’s workstation setup, “Future of Work,” features a retractable display screen that detaches into a foldable tablet/laptop. The simple OS desktop functions as the workstation base, where files can be created and stored. Then, when Couto needs a tablet or laptop for easy portability, the same files will be made available on the go.
In addition to the desktop’s detachable screen, Couto’s design features another tablet that can attach itself to the desktop for an extended display, offering quick file sharing and supplemental portability. Finally, Couto’s “Future of Work” setup comes equipped with VR compatibility, providing a headset that turns into a dashboard where all of the work station’s appliances are connected. The integration of VR allows for seamless file transferring between devices, like sharing CAD models between devices and other file formats.
Nowadays, it’s important for the technology we use to cater to our needs, from getting stuff done for work to using it at our leisure. When technology doesn’t flow the way we need it to, it can feel like our whole workday has been derailed. Couto’s “Future of Work” conceptual design realizes the ultimate cohesive work setup through multiple device connectivity for a smooth workflow, convenient portability for busier days, and integrative VR assistance for intuitive file transferring.
Designer: Lucas Couto
Following multiple ideations, Couto conceptualized the WFH setup of his dreams.
Following a year’s worth of intermittently working from home, Couto designed a WFH station that includes multiple device sharing platforms and seamless file transferring.
Hinging on portability and accessibility, Couto’s WFH system includes a tablet that transforms into a laptop.
Featuring retractable screens that turn into standalone tablets, Couto’s WFH setup is designed for convenience.
After working on the tablet, it can then be transferred to the desktop’s screen just by dragging your fingers.
By incorporating a supplemental tablet, the desktop’s display screen can nearly double in size.
By including a VR headset, Couto makes it easy to search through his dashboard and organize his work across multiple device platforms.
Furniture ideas are really evolving during quarantine and I am loving that a table brings a lot more to the table than being a table. Never did I think I would come across a clock that was also a table but the world of design always surprises us! Functional furniture is an essential as our lifestyles become more flexible, especially after the pandemic that has taught us to optimize our resources to serve more than one purpose – just like this conceptual work station.
This table is called a Clock and I want you to keep that in mind for the rest of this story. Clock was designed to be compact and fit in the growing trend of smaller living spaces. The designer wanted to create something that seamlessly blended into our workdays (especially when working from home!) without disrupting our office hours or eating habits. The hybrid station converts food waste into energy to power itself wirelessly but also includes the systems to be plugged into a wall if needed. It is an innovative product that combines technology and functionality to sustainably manage waste and encourage more people to shift to natural/renewable energy sources.
When you aren’t working, simply slide the parts back and close the product into a slim bench. In its closed state, only the power icon and energy levels are visible, simply tap the power icon to light up the panel. The smart furniture appliance also has defined heating and cooling areas that are touch-controlled. You can sync your phone with Clock to receive all the important updates and statistics about your hi-tech table. This is an award-winning project that gives us a glimpse of a better future where multi-functional, sustainably powered, and aesthetically sleek products give us the flexible life we crave.
Designer: Yeg Design Studio
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I’ll admit the Fitwork made me chuckle a bit but here’s my own personal reality – I’m far from fit. I have odd sleeping hours, work from home, and spend most of my time in front of a screen. Honestly, that’s sort of almost everyone’s realities. Working from home does tend to mess with your circadian cycle, and constantly being cooped up indoors can often affect your mood. Combine them and you’ve got yourself an unhealthy combination – which is precisely what the Fitwork was designed to combat.
Fitwork’s design sort of embodies a no-excuse mentality to being fit. Whether it’s the excuse of ‘being too busy’, or of ‘not wanting to go all the way to the gym’, Fitwork combats it by bringing the gym not just to your house, but to your workspace. Designed as a product to let you work and work out at the same time, this crazy hybrid of a desk-chair and treadmill keeps your legs active while you work. Whether you’re sitting in front of a laptop or standing in front of one, it’s the sedentary lifestyle that Fitwork tackles. The setup (which is sure to grab a few eyeballs) comes with an office chair attached to a treadmill underneath, and an elliptical in front. Coupled with an elevating desk, the Fitwork allows you to keep the lower half of your body active while you work, giving you cardio as well as keeping your spine engaged, whether you’re sitting or standing while working. While you’re sitting, your legs naturally rest on the Fitwork’s elliptical, allowing you to pedal away while typing out emails or attending zoom calls without really anyone knowing what a fitness buff you are. Swivel the chair back and boost your desk upwards and you’ve got yourself a standing workout workspace. Activate the treadmill and you can walk while working… or as I call it, walking the walk while talking the talk.
The Fitwork was designed by Brian Oaks, a designer and entrepreneur who ended up needing chiropractic adjustments and even back surgery because of this sedentary lifestyle. They say the most effective way to design a product is to get into the mind of the person who needs it, and that’s what spurred Oaks to design something that would allow him to stay healthy while managing his own company… or as I call it, keeping yourself running while keeping your business running.
The Fitwork looks to hybridize the home-office by combining it with the home-gym. It occupies a fair bit of space, but that’s probably because it’s a combination of a treadmill, elliptical, ergonomic office chair, and a dynamic desk… and the advantages seem pretty apparent. A healthier lifestyle even if you’re at home behind a desk, plus the entire thing costs like half the price of a Peloton.
Don’t install one in your office though. You want your coworkers thinking you’ve lost weight… not your mind.
Designer: Brian Oaks
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Fitwork – Lose Weight While You Work
The Fitwork Station is the perfect solution for today’s work environment. Stand, Walk, Sit, and Pedal your way back into health.
Their patent-pending Fitwork Station is the world’s first workstation designed to keep you moving all day long. Start your day off with a 2-3 mph walk for 10-20 minutes reading and responding to your emails. Rotate your chair into place and pedal your way to lunch. Take a quick 10 minute walk before lunch and one when you return. Rotate between pedaling and walking a couple more times throughout your day and easily burn thousands of calories.
The Fitwork Story
Brian Oaks: After years of sitting at a desk, I hurt my back really badly and ended up needing surgery. In an effort to relieve the pressure on my back , I purchased a nice ($1,200) zero gravity chair that would allow me to recline to a position that had my feet higher than my waist. It took all of the pressure off my back and thought I had finally nailed the perfect solution! I purchased an expensive split keyboard and mounted it to each armrest. I mounted my monitors from the ceiling and brought them down to hover right over where I was working (lying down) I attached wheels to the base of the chair so I could move it around a bit. My employees called it my WALL-E chair from the Pixar movie. It seemed like a pretty cool set up, but what I didn’t realize is that it was hurting me more than helping. My muscles got weaker and weaker in this position. So badly in fact, that I ended up needing another back surgery. So I went back to the drawing board to make my workstation better.
This time, I bought a new desk that would allow me to stand. I also bought a treadmill that would fit under my desk. Now I was heading in the right direction, but it still wasn’t ideal. I could only walk about 3 hours a day… then what?! I still needed to sit when I was tired or when I needed to meet with employees and clients. I was strengthening my core which was good, but it still wasn’t enough.
I tried building a wood platform on wheels that would fit over my treadmill, but that never worked great. It never moved perfectly because the wheels went in every direction. Next, I built a rail system, welded a base to my chair and rolled back n forth on the treadmill. I thought that was pretty cool… but the frame would occasionally catch the back of my heel and would pull my shoe off or scrape the back of my heel badly. I learned quickly to take shorter steps. I also realized I was still sitting a lot more than walking and wanted to see if I could incorporate more movement…
I added an elliptical unit that would allow me to pedal while I sat. This was really starting to take shape… except my chair would always roll backwards on the rails when I tried to pedal. Eventually I came up with a design that allowed me to get my chair out of the way for walking and easily hold its position while I was pedaling. I could also sit, rotate my chair and meet with other people in my office without it feeling weird. It was the best of everything! It worked so well in fact, I decided to patent the whole thing.
Since I’m incorporating many elements that have already been created (treadmills & ellipticals) it’s actually fairly straightforward when it comes to production. We’ve just had to tweak a few existing designs and we’re off and running. Our chair arm has been rated supporting over 500 lbs and should be an easy addition. My initial funds will be used for tooling and dies and first production runs. I’m also designing our own app to tie all of the attributes together (walking and pedaling distance, calories, speed, time, etc.).
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