Is the Roll Top Desk Coming Back?

I can’t say that I’ve walked into too many offices that still sport the antique look of the roll top desk.  While this style may have been popular decades ago, today’s businesses seem to concentrate more on sleek and sophisticated.  In other words, there’s something about the roll top desk that doesn’t exactly fit in the description of contemporary office furniture.

However, it seems that the roll top desk may be making a comeback.  Some offices have found that this style of desk helps keep clutter to a minimum.  And, with our wired workplace, the roll top desk gives workers the ability to keep wires behind the scenes when not in use.  Additionally, roll top desks can fit in to just about any room in the office.  By simply rolling down the top of the desk, the piece of furniture becomes a part of the tasteful decor rather than an open display of clutter.

What do you think?  Are roll top desks on the verge of a major comeback, or should we keep them in the office graveyard?  

 

Contemporary Roll Top Desk

Contemporary Roll Top Desk

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Office Lighting Fixtures Should Help, Not Hurt, You!

We’re not all fortunate enough to have windowed offices that shine natural light into our work environment.  So, many offices still rely on the large florescent overhead fixtures to give their employees light.

In my own personal experiences, however, I’ve found florescent to not only be extremely bright, but to cause headaches.  And, a headache is the last thing we want during the work day.

I just read that many of the floors of Microsoft have replaced florescent office lighting fixtures with desk lamps in individual offices.  Since desk lamps might not provide enough light (remember, the goal isn’t to nap during the work day), I’d recommend using multiple desk lamps or add a standing lamp in your office as well.

Office Desk Lamp

Office Desk Lamp

Workstations that Give you a Choice

The sheer thought of spending an entire day sitting behind my desk makes me nauseous.  But, standing is no happy image either.  I often find myself pitying bank tellers or restaurant hosts that are forced to spend their entire workday on their feet.  Guess what…there’s a compromise.

Haworth has developed ingenious workstations that allows you to choose whether you want to spend portions of your day sitting or standing with their Sit-to-Stand adjustable tables.  This modular workspace is an ergonomically-designed piece of furniture that easily adjusts between sitting and standing positions depending on your mood and the task at hand.

After all…our work requires us to multi-task and readily alternate from one job to the next.  Shouldn’t our workstation come with us?

Haworth's Sit-to-Stand Workstation

Haworth's Sit-to-Stand Workstation