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This Hamster-Wheel Desk Is a Sad Statement on Modern Offices

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Corporate culture today is often said to be about working slavishly, with an above-all focus on profit and productivity. Nothing captures that idea more strikingly than this (fully functional) hamster-wheel desk.


The project, designed and built in 24 hours by Pier 9's artist-in-residence Robb Godshaw, is actually a pretty clever piece of design: the wheel rests on four skateboard wheels built into the base, which lets the wheel rotate as the user walks round and round, churning through those spreadsheets and getting a sweetleg workout at the same time.

As Godshaw says (hopefully sarcastically):

Rise up, sedentary sentients, and unleash that untapped potential within by marching endlessly towards a brilliant future of focused work. Step forward into a world of infinite potential, bounded only by the smooth arcs of a wheel.


If you feel like making your own, the plans are up on Instructables. [Instructables]

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It's certainly a great bit of design and carpentry, but it seems to pose a couple of problems in addition to likely being noisy. I'm not sure how this is a better solution to one of the numerous treadmills already available which are specifically designed for office use.

Im fact, have a coworker who uses one of those treadmills. It isn't cheap, but don't hear much more than a hum when you're present in the room. The problem is that this is really only feasible for people who don't do much more than answer emails and type a bit of copy . For more focused work, like design, this is just not feasible because you need a steady hand.