Standing desks are the latest way to trade comfort for the moral high ground, and their health benefits have always been dubious at best. Following an analysis of studies into their benefits, researchers have come up with a loud, resounding “meh”.
Standing desks are not cheap. Or at least, the extremely handy motorized ones aren't. That's why everyone—including this desk-agnostic blogger—freaked out when IKEA announced that it would sell a sit/stand desk powered by electricity for less than $500. Finally, a healthy desk option for the masses. Finally!
Sitting is comfy, but hours (and hours and hours) on your rear-end isn't great for your bod (even though it probably won't kill you). Standing is good, but tiresome after a while. Hybrid desks can be pricey but Ikea is betting on Bekant, a workspace that raises and lowers on two telescopic legs with a button push.
When it comes to fancy designer desks, apparently storage space and drawers are completely passé. After all, do you really need a place to stash a stapler when your work surface appears to magically float over a pair of cities full of towering skyscraper? No, you don't.
Laying in a hammock while wrangling a simple book is often a challenge, which explains why hammocks replacing desks in offices never caught on. Here's a nice compromise, though: A compact hammock for your feet that hangs under your desk and raises or lowers to put you in a working or slacking mood as needed.
If something I own is not in my direct line of sight, it's likely that I won't remember it exists; this is a common excuse I use for why my apartment is never particularly tidy ("I need to see everything, all at once!"). This also might be why I love the look of this Grid System by Ying Chang, where what you pile in…
A busy home can place high demand on desk space, so why not make something that provides more than one surface to work at? That's exactly what design graduate Matej Chabera's shelving unit it designed to achieve.
From a distance, this desk look beautifully organic: an undulating and natural surface, rich with character. Get up close, though, and you'll realize that there are, in fact, cracks, crevices and electronics lurking within it designed especially for your tech.
Man it feels good to sit down at a desk where everything is in order—or so I've heard. Mine is always a disaster, what with the cords and cables and scattered reminder notes I've scrawled on bits of paper that will undoubtedly get lost in the shuffle. But this lovely specimen from Artifox looks like it would seriously…
The dilemma: Sitting for hours on end is horrible for you, and standing desks are expensive as heck. The answer: The UpStanding Desk, a Kickstarter for an inexpensive shelf-like module that turns any surface into an instant standing desk. Magic!
In a surprising turn of events, students around the world might soon be crediting their dog for actually helping them complete their homework, instead of using man's best friend as a scapegoat. But that assumes that every student has access to this adorable dog desk designed by Philippe Starck.
Do you ever sit there and wish your desk were better suited for your many gadgets? Seriously, that standard flat piece of wood you've been sitting at for years was not designed for computers, much less tablets or phones. But the SlatePro is.
Jeff Highsmith is probably the best dad in the world. But it's OK other dads, you can take a shot at the king if you too build an incredibly awesome mission control desk. What are you waiting for?
When it was time for the NYC ad agency, Barbarian Group, to design a new office, they wanted to do something different. The agency wanted something more open, less inhibiting. So architect Clive Wilkinson built them an "endless table."
The mid-afternoon lull is a common problem. But if you often find yourself dribbling upon your keyboard during a short power nap at work, maybe you need something like this convertible desk, designed for specifically for snoozing, in your life.
Keeping a stack of desk drawers organized isn't always easy, particularly when one is open and completely blocks access to the drawer below it. Sure, it might not be one of the most pressing issues facing humanity today, but it's a problem that's thankfully been solved thanks to Colors' Cartesia Desk featuring drawers…
Turns out, sitting hunched over a desk for eight hours a day isn't all that great for a kid's posture, and the spinal contortions needed to lean over a flat desk certainly do nothing for a student's ability to focus on the day's lessons. However, this rolling chair from Dublin-based industrial design firm Perch aims…
If your 9 to 5 has you yearning for a little more nature while you sit behind a computer screen all day, consider trading up your jungle desktop wallpaper for Daniel Zeller's custom Terrarium Desk. Tucked away inside is a miniature jungle lit with soft LEDs that's visible through a plexiglass window on top.