September 24th, 2014
Aeron Chair by Herman Miller turns 20 years old.
Let’s take a trip back to 1994.
Netscape was giving the world it’s first widely accessible browser. “Friends” made it’s debut. Countless lovelorn high school students were putting “Wonderwall” on mixtapes.
It was also the year Herman Miller released the Aeron chair. Ubiquitous in homes and offices worldwide, it’s easy to forget that until ‘94. no one had ever seen anything like it: cushioning was abandoned in favor of Pellicle mesh, pulled taut over an otherworldly-looking frame. Adjustments that conform to the body, increasing comfort and health in a way that had never before been in the office. As task chairs go, it’s truly revolutionary.
All the amazing new task chairs getting released today owe it to the standards set by the Aeron. To celebrate, check out this fantastic retrospective and share your thoughts below on how the workday has changed…and where it’s going.
September 16th, 2014
Win a $10,000 Small Office Makeover
Create a “Color My Office” board on Pinterest, and you could win $10,000 of brand-new Steelcase office furniture from Office Designs!
You’ve probably noticed we’ve been busy posting a lot on Pinterest. There’s been plenty of inspiration to take a look at: Now we want to know what inspires you!
Too often, offices are dull, uninspiring places—they don’t promote health, culture and productivity. We want to open up your office to new collaborative ways of working. Where body and mind are supported in a positive, vibrant office culture.
That’s why we’re inviting you to take part in our Color Your Office Contest! It’s easy: create a board on Pinterest, fill with pictures of your office along with inspiration, products you like , color swatches…anything that gets you get you feeling productive about your office.
Ready to enter? Start Here
Remember, 1) must be a small business, 2) you must be a member of Pinterest.com, and 3) you must follow Office Designs on Pinterest. If you don’t have a Pinterest account yet, you can sign up for one here. Best of luck!
September 15th, 2014
Familiar with parkour? Sure you are. Any time you see those awesome acrobatic stunts in an urban locale, that’s parkour. It’s exhilarating, it’s unbelievable…it’s not for office chairs.
Like that would ever stop us. To celebrate the launch of the Color My Office contest, starting tomorrow, we’re taking it to the streets. Crack open an energy drink, turn up the volume and get ready to PARKOUR! #colormyoffice
September 12th, 2014
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- New way to look at your office: exciting, vibrant, energized.
- Chance for a $10,000 small office makeover.
September 9th, 2014
It’s hard to find the right one. Most of us spend our entire lives looking for that perfect, special something. Now, with technology in the mix, how do we make that connection? Call us romantics, but with the Color My Office contest, love at first swipe could be right around the corner.
August 19th, 2014
You’ve probably noticed that we’re pretty keen on the whole “ergonomic task chair” thing. Proper posture is tantamount to an overall better lifestyle, but the healthy workday goes beyond your chair.
Think about all the things you try to ignore or “power through” during the day. Now think about all that mild discomfort stretched over a week. A year. A whole career? It adds up, and quicker than you think.
If headaches and eyestrain are the #1 source of office pains, chances are you need a change in lighting and possibly an adjustable monitor arm. Proper lighting can make all the difference. The effect is called over-illumination, and it plays a huge role in your health. Take a look around at low-level, glare free lighting and turn off the fluorescent tube lights!
Cramped legs? Try a foot machine (no, really. It feels awesome). Think of them as a rocking chair for your feet; the motion utilizes the lower leg muscles, increasing circulation. As an added benefit, you’ll find they provide additional relief for stress on your lower back.
For wrists and hands that are amiss, you need a new keyboard tray with negative tilt. Essentially, you’re looking to have a layer of padding or gel for your wrists to rest on while allowing the keyboard tray itself to be sloped away from you.
Boom, done. With just a few minor adjustments, you can seriously improve your day with a few simple steps.
August 12th, 2014
Inspiration: Scandinavian Simple Workspace
Okay so it might not be on the same level as a day at the amusement park, but we believe the office should indeed be a happy place. How’s that? Glad you asked! For starters:
Bring some color in. Go ahead, we dare you. It’s not like you have to go all Sesame street on everything, but just sticking a few Campfire pieces in place of stifling who-knows-how-old furniture can do a lot to elevate the vibe at work.
We take comfort seriously. Beyond that, we believe comfort should go hand in hand with your health. Ergonomics are the cornerstone to feeling good, being productive and an all around healthier lifestyle. Start with your chair: if it’s not working for you, we have one that does.
Next, consider your desk. Are you moving enough throughout the day? Do you have to strain your eyes when looking at the monitor? It might be time to consider an adjustable monitor arm and/or sit-to-stand desk.
The big question remains
What makes you happy? Ultimately, no one can answer that for you but if we can help, great! Our Pinterest boards is full of things we love that hit all the boxes on the Happiness Checklist. Feel free to explore it and if we missed anything, be sure to let us know!
August 5th, 2014
Do You Pin? Office Designs now has a Pinterest Account. Start following us today for great office inspiration.
Better? Good. So greetings and salutations from the Office Designs bloggers. To kick off this lovely Tuesday, we wanted to do something special. That’s why we’re launching our official
Pony Rides For Every Reader Pinterest Account!
If you’re looking for stuff we love, office inspiration or the much-needed workday diversion, we’ve got you. Beautiful designs, informative links, clever repartee…it’s all there and we’re always adding more.
So check it out, bookmark it, and start pinning away. We’ll see you on Pinterest!
June 9th, 2014
It’s all about value. Office Designs and Herman Miller value design, quality, and service. This is our commitment to you. We know you have many places to choose to purchase from during the Herman Miller Sale. But let us reaffirm the value of choosing us. Shop Herman Miller Sale >>
June 5th, 2014
Known for its iconic mid-century classics like Eames Lounge and Ottoman and legendary designs like Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Herman Miller has held true to the values of design and quality in its craft. Timeless pieces of modern american history that for only 4 more days are 15% off during the Herman Miller Summer Sale. In-stock orders receive free same-day shipping (by 4pm CST) which is a $59+ value and we don’t charge sales tax. Take this opportunity to invest in design and quality for your office and home office. Shop Herman Miller Sale >>