Perhaps heading to work each morning would be less of a drag if the destination wasn't a soulless office building. The Offices With Terraces project, by Nicolas Laisné Associés (NL*A Paris) features plenty of greenery and natural light, offices that open onto small terraces, and corridors that have been moved to the outer edge of the building.
It's widely accepted that sitting at a desk all day is bad for our health and a lot of people address this by buying one of the many standing desks that have hit the market in recent years. The Altwork Station was designed to capitalize on this trend and allows users to stand, sit, or recline in order to ensure they remain comfortable and productive.
Sit-to-stand desktops typically have a wide base with a hinged upper platform that can be raised or lowered as required. InMovement's new Elevate range, however, takes a different approach. Three of the four models replace the wide base with a single arm or column.
Lots of people have a home office, but few homes are designed to be literally part office. Dwell Developments' new Live/Work homes in Seattle, however, are exactly that home-office hybrid. They're aimed at improving the lifestyles and environmental footprints of their residents.
People who travel for business will know that a mobile office could make life a lot easier. Belgian design firm Five AM thought this, too, so went about creating its own mobile office from an old caravan. Not only is the dojowheels a workspace, though, it can also be transformed into a place to sleep.
Unfortunately, the much-hated office cubicle isn't going away any time soon, but the small living movement has enabled a few enterprising types to enjoy an unorthodox working environment. In a similar vein to the Lorraine and Kantoorkaravaan, Denmark-based designer Jonas Hallberg's Tiny Office features everything required to do a day's work, wherever he chooses to take it.
Sit-stand desks are an adjustable twist on the standing desk that allow users to switch between the two positions. The Perch is a take on the idea that cleverly combines simplicity, affordability and adaptability.
Staying productive at work can be tricky, with emails, social networks and news websites among the distractions vying for your attention. Saent is aimed at helping users to remain focused by minimizing the potential for distraction and encourage a better working rhythm.
City offices aren't always the most inspiring places to work, but the KantoorKaravaan is designed to help workers boost their productivity by letting them take their work to the great outdoors. Designed by Dutch firm The Tipping Point Foundation, the solar-powered, self-contained micro-office features everything required to get work done.
Australia’s largest health insurer, Medibank, recently moved into a new HQ that is claimed to be one of the healthiest workplaces in the world. Medibank Place is located in the Docklands area of Melbourne. It is aimed at embodying what the company says are its preventative health and wellbeing principles.