Corporate Design Furniture Mindful of “Personal Space”

May 24, 2012

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The albatross of the desktop computer is no longer.  Many tech companies have divided their people into pods and have tossed out the "conference room" in exchange for stand-up 10-minute daily meetings.  Walls have come down, cubicles are relics and "the bullpen" has become a flatland of desks, couches, and comfortable seating areas.  (Sing with me, Oh Happy Day!)

Today's office space is enabled by wireless tablets and smart phones allowing the workspace to adapt to a more team-oriented environment. These fresh changes in corporate interior design are a wonderful thing, but we have to remain mindful that human beings, particularly creative-types, need personal time – a moment, an hour, a day away from "the pod".  Cue the designers…

A group of 16 Cranbrook design students explored the concept of "personal space", within a social, collaborative environment as part of a Herman Miller research project.  I loved many of the designs, but the Private Rocker designed by Kyle Fleet particularly caught my eye.

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TammySwartz99 May 27, 2012 at 10:21 am

That chair design would work well for outdoor computing because it blocks direct light on to your screen from over the shoulder.


viper00 May 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Great concept piece!


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