See How Herman Miller’s Brand New Cosm Chair Came to Life

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                                <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Herman Miller</a> has had endless notoriety and success with their Aeron Chair that was designed by Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf back in 1994. Now, almost 25 years later, it seems they&#8217;ve struck gold again with their new <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Cosm Chair</a> designed by Berlin-based design firm <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Studio 7.5</a>. The designers spent eight years researching and developing the <a href=""  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">chair&#8217;s Auto-Harmonic Tilt system</a> which offers the user a self-adapting work seat for maximum comfort, which seems necessary if you think about how many hours we spend at our desk. If you&#8217;ve tested it out, <em>you know</em>. If you haven&#8217;t, run to your nearest store to take it for a test run because it could very well change your work game. If you want to learn more about it and how it came about, Studio 7.5&#8217;s Carola Zwick is graciously giving us an inside look into the design process now, in this <div class="post-limited-image"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-354961" src="" alt="" width="810" height="608" srcset=" 810w, 800w, 768w, 500w, 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></div>
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5 of the Best Tips for Decorating a Home Office

Decorating a home office can feel overwhelming. These tips will help you get started. Image: Blackbox Design Studios

So you have a home office. Congratulations! Plenty of people long for a dedicated space in their homes where they can focus and tackle their to-dos. That being said, the idea of a home office and the reality of having one can be very different. Having an office in your house means welcoming work into the sanctuary of your living space. How do you keep your office zen? If you want to create a place where you’ll actually enjoy working that integrates comfortably into the rest of your house or apartment (and life), you need to think about your different options for decorating a home office. You may not think that creating an aesthetic you enjoy in your office needs to be a top work-life priority. But decorating a home office in
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10 Flexible Furniture Options for Any Modern Office

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                                Contract furniture tends to be fairly expensive and costs can add up for small businesses every time they add an employee or two or need to reconfigure their setup. Plus, with more companies moving towards open plan offices and some on the move frequently as their businesses grow, it&#8217;s important for them to invest in furniture that&#8217;s flexible or multi-functional. That said, we went out on a hunt to find some practical furniture options for the office that can either pull double duty or are flexible so they be used in different ways.
Heartwork’s SQUARE desk system can be reconfigured into endless variations of workstations, conference tables, and even as a ping pong table. It’s designed so that it can easily be put together or taken apart with only a quarter – so, if you don’t need it for a spell, it can be stored flat. You can also choose
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Where I Work: Daniel Arsham

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For this month’s Where I Work, we head to New York to virtually visit Miami-born artist and designer Daniel Arsham. His work notoriously bounces between art, architecture, and performance where it’s found a sweet spot that’s all his own. Early on, his work with iconic dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham helped him make a name for himself before co-founding design practice Snarkitecture in 2007 with Alex Mustonen. The studio designs functional objects and large-scale, immersive installations that are monochromatic explorations of visual delight, and oftentimes highly Instagrammable. Arsham’s own work is a portfolio of surreal, sculptural objects, like his highly sought-after limited edition Future Relics that all sold out faster than most people could hit the ‘buy’ button. If you follow him on Instagram, chances are you’ve caught sight of what he’s been up to recently – creating a new body of work for his just opened exhibition called 3018 at Perrotin
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This Workshop on a Cliff Is a Modern Addition to a House Overlooking a Lake

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                                Cantilevered over a rocky hillside in Quebec&#8217;s Sainte-Adèle, the <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Workshop on a Cliff</a> is a modern addition to a home by Lake Deauville. The structure, designed by <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">MU Architecture</a>, spans 5,000-square-feet and houses two garages, a workshop, a creative studio, and a mezzanine level all within its modern exterior.
One end of the studio project out towards the lake with the entire side covered in windows to frame the views and to fill the interior with natural light. The addition can be reached through a hovering bridge directly from the main house. The bridge and workshop are clad in a pre-aged grey wood that blends into the surrounding landscape. The main area boasts high ceilings making it a great space to work on large pieces of art. The polished concrete floors bounce light around the space making the interior feel even larger. Turn around and the mezzanine comes into
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Randy Bens Turns a Shipping Container into an Architecture Studio

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                                After working in a home office for a number of years, architect <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Randy Bens</a> decided it was time to expand his practice in New Westminster, BC. Instead of renting a commercial office, he chose to make use of his backyard where he&#8217;d still be in close proximity to home. The solution? A <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">modified shipping container</a> that became its own self-sufficient hub complete with a bathroom, kitchenette, and an open studio space.
Watch the install: The shipping container was designed offsite and delivered to its resting spot about 95% complete. The new office offers additional space for employees, more room to spread out, and the perfect spot to meet with clients and contractors. The oversized corten steel shipping container spans 40′ long, 11.5′ wide, and 9.5′ high and is built to last making it a smart option, especially if they decide to move and carry it to the new
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Create the Perfect Home Office in 8 Steps

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The wood floors carry into the accent wall of this home office. Image: Blackbox Design Studio

Your home is your castle, but it can also be the central command post for your business, or a secondary workplace if you frequently bring work home. If the latter, you may not have much input regarding the appearance of your workplace office (or cubicle). However, as the king or queen of your castle, you can design and decorate your home office to your exact specifications. These are some tips to keep in mind as you create the perfect home office.
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This home office has a walnut desk, credenza and floating shelves. Image: Angela Rotondo

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When selecting the location of your home office, consider noise and traffic factors. For example, if the office is close to the street, you may hear people walking and/or driving by. Also, consider the traffic in your
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Arper Announces the Opening of Their Los Angeles Showroom

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                                We&#8217;ve <a href=""  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">long been fans</a> of <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Arper&#8217;s</a> minimalist approach to contract and residential furnishings and how they keep reimagining items used every day. The Italian brand continues to make their products easier to acquire for those of us in the American market with the opening of their third <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">showroom</a>. The brand new space in downtown Los Angeles was designed by New York architect <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Solveig Fernlund</a> with creative direction led by Barcelona-based <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Jeannette Altherr</a>.
The showroom spans 3,000-square-feet and features tall ceilings and massive windows which offers the perfect, light-filled backdrop for the various types of vignettes, which range from commercial to residential, small to large, etc. It’s separated into two main spaces – first, a lounge incorporating different seating environments, and the second, an office/meeting area with task-related collections. Overall, the LA showroom perfectly aligns with the brand’s impeccable use of color with a minimalist feel that makes each space feel
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Modular, Bauhaus-Inspired Seating by POOL for Petite Friture

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                                Parisian design studio <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">POOL</a> first designed a daybed and then decided to expand the idea into a modular, Bauhaus-inspired collection of seating for French brand <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Petite Friture</a>. The <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">GRID</a> contract series includes various modules – two-seat sofa, armchairs, corner armchairs, chairs, a stool, and a coffee table – that can be arranged into all kinds of configurations to suit just about any lobby, reception area, office space, and even residential situations.
The GRID modules can be attached to one another so larger configurations stay together. It’s designed to allow as many or as few components to go together as needed for the space. Each piece consists of black tubular steel legs that hold a strapped wooden base, topped off with upholstered square and rounded cushions.
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Liqui Contracts Unveils the Theodore Bench Desk System

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                                <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Liqui Contracts</a>, a British furniture and lighting manufacturer, is set to launch the <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Theodore Bench Desk System</a> at next month&#8217;s <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">100% Design</a>. The design gets its name from the Theodore Roosevelt desk, a legendary desk designed by architect Charles Follen McKim in 1903 that&#8217;s been used by many of the United States&#8217; presidents. The original desk still exists after more than a century and the Theodore Bench Desk System is designed with the same regard – to be both a durable and functional space for all of your work-related duties.
The modern desk stands out with its minimalist aesthetic that’s designed to be used as a two-seater workstation. The system allows for multiple workstations to be connected to fit a number of people working in an open office setup. The Theodore desks can also be ordered with optional acoustic foam dividers for added privacy. Each desk is made in
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Where I Work: Anne Fletcher of HOK

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                                For this edition of <a href=""  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Where I Work</a>, we&#8217;re visiting <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Anne Fletcher, AIA, LEED AP</a>, at the Los Angeles office of global architecture firm <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">HOK</a>. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and earning a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia, she worked at various firms before setting up shop at HOK&#8217;s New York City office where she headed up the mixed-use practice. Towards the end of 2017, Fletcher decided to switch coasts and landed at HOK&#8217;s LA office where she&#8217;s the managing principal, as well as a member of their board of directors and management board. She brings over two decades of design and real estate experience to the Los Angeles practice, along with her impressive collection of winged Batman figurines. Let&#8217;s follow along to see how and where Fletcher makes it all happen.
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DESKter Sit & Stand Workstation by Malgorzata Wojtyczka

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                                Designed as part of her Master&#8217;s Degree final project at the Wrocław Academy of Fine Arts, the DESKter is a sit &amp; stand workstation, by <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Małgorzata Wojtyczka</a>, that gives you the best of both worlds. Standing desks have been growing in popularity in recent years with all of the news on sitting being bad for our bodies. But, standing full-time isn&#8217;t always ideal either. With DESKter, you can switch back and forth as needed for both health and comfort.
The workstation is made for adults and children for use in offices, public areas, schools, and even at home. DESKter is composed of three pieces – the supporting structure and two bent plywood desktops that can easily move into any of the various positions. If you’re ready to transport the desk or move it out of the way, it folds up and stores the desktops in additional slots. It’s also
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De Vorm Felt Chairs Made with Recycled Plastic Bottles

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                                <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">De Vorm</a> is not only bringing sleek designs to the office, they&#8217;re bringing designs that are made from materials that are better for the environment. The <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Pod PET Felt Privacy Chair</a>, designed by Benjamin Hubert, and the Nook PET Felt Lounge Chair, by Johan van Hengel, are comfortable workspace chairs made from PET Felt, a recyclable material made from plastic bottles. The material is strong and durable and as an added bonus, it helps dampen sound in busy office environments.
The Pod PET Felt Privacy Chair is perfect for offices when an employee needs a bit of privacy to work or take a call. The tall, wrapped sides envelop the user while helping to reduce sound when in a larger space. It’s outfitted with a back cushion and seat cushion for added comfort. Every aspect of the Pod is customizable, from the shell, cushions, and wooden frame, helping to complement
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West Elm and Steelcase Partner for Better Workspaces

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West Elm and Steelcase have announced a partnership to develop new kinds of workspaces. Image: Steelcase

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. West Elm has long been a go-to choice for anyone who prefers a modern aesthetic. You can find its furniture and textiles in homes across the country. But it isn’t settling for making its mark on the residential domain. It’s now pushing into the commercial space through a new partnership with Steelcase. Steelcase has helped companies build highly functional, highly beautiful offices for over a century. It got its start as a manufacturer of metal office furniture. Today, it has expanded its offerings to include a wide portfolio of architecture, furniture and technology products and services. And it does all of this with sustainability in mind. As two prominent
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Hollandse Nieuwe Designs Happy Headquarters for a Funeral Insurance Company

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                                While their business might be on the morbid side (funeral insurance), DELA&#8217;s goal is to take care of the ones that remain. Their human-focused approach not only falls on their insurance clients, but on their employees as well, which comes through in their <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">brand-new headquarters</a> in Eindhoven. Designed by <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Hollandse Nieuwe</a>, the new digs span 5,800-square-meters and house office floors, a restaurant, and a meeting center, all with a comfortable, approachable aesthetic.
The colorful interiors aim to be a healthy and inspiring environment where the employees can thrive. Colors were incorporated to help define the work areas, which include a variety of types of flexible workspaces they can utilize. Workspaces and casual seating areas were placed around the perimeter to maximize daylight and views while working. The designers incorporated greenery throughout to add a natural element that also cleans the air. The ground floor was given a double-height glass
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Adidas Valley’s Colorful and Casual Workspace by Actincommon

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                                <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Adidas Valley</a> is an open workspace within the Adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany, that offers its employees a casual spot to catch up on some work, meet up with a colleague, or take a break. Designed by Berlin-based <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Actincommon</a>, the project features platforms that weave in and out of beds of plants creating a working landscape. The layers include different types of tables and seating that help break up the massive space into smaller, less overwhelming zones.
The cold concrete floors and bland office building details become the backdrop to a vivid palette of mostly primary colors, as well as touches of turquoise. A floating conference room rests atop a wooden deck with bold yellow curtains for the walls that can open and close when privacy is needed. A yellow floor and black furnishings complete the hard-to-miss space within a space. They even added a smoothie bar for Adidas
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Maayan Zusman Designs a Modern Medical Office That Won’t Make You Cringe

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                                Let&#8217;s be honest. Most of us would rather avoid medical offices, not just because it means having to go see a doctor, but because most of them are bland, boring, and downright depressing. Thanks to <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Maayan Zusman</a>, this <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">plastic surgery clinic</a> in Tel Aviv doesn&#8217;t fall into that sad category. Instead, the office offers a fresh approach, which made the doctor happy and his patients as well.
Instead of those uncomfortable chairs that awkwardly face each other in the waiting room, Zusman designed a dual sided structure down the middle with seats facing in opposite directions. This offers patients both additional privacy and connection. The upholstered cushions feature soft fabrics in fun colors like teal and mauve that are carried throughout the office. The floors are darkly stained and paired with white walls and cabinetry for a clean, modern aesthetic. Photography by Itay Benit.
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Yves Behar and Amir Mortazavi Launch 2nd CANOPY Shared Workspace Location

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                                Shared workspaces have been popping up all over the world as more people work remotely and they&#8217;ve become incredibly appealing making joining one a no-brainer. One such establishment is <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">CANOPY</a> Jackson Square, a serene coworking space in San Francisco designed by <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Yves Behar</a> and Amir Mortazavi of <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">M-PROJECTS</a>. Spanning 13,000-square-feet, the interior offers a modern, ergonomically designed environment that incorporates glass-enclosed private offices, open workstations, conference rooms, a lounge, a cafe, phone booths, a Mother&#8217;s Room, and an outdoor work terrace.
The soothing color palette pays homage to the surrounding neighborhoods of North Beach, Jackson Square, the Financial District, and Chinatown. They merged textured black and concrete surfaces with soft pinks and greens through layers of contemporary office furnishings from Herman Miller, including Behar’s own Sayl Chairs and Public Office Landscape Tables, Charles and Ray Eames Chairs, as well as Chadwick Modular Seating and Renew Sit-to-Stand Tables from Brian Alexander. CANOPY
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Where I Work: Matthew Hufft of Hufft

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Hufft is a busy Kansas City, Missouri design firm founded in 2005 by Jesse and Matthew Hufft, who recently expanded and opened up a second office in Bentonville, Arkansas. In the 13+ years since its inception, the award-winning studio has amassed a diverse portfolio of architectural, fabrication, and construction projects that have been featured in the likes of Architectural Record, Metropolitan Home, Interior Design, Esquire, and more. In 2008, they brought the fabrication division, which includes a Digital Studio, Wood Studio, Metal Studio, and Finish Studio, under the Hufft brand further elevating their capabilities. From architecture, interior design, object design, and building, they’ve become an all-in-one design house that focuses on collaboration and quality craftsmanship. For this month’s Where I Work, principal and co-founder Matthew Hufft takes us inside his world to show us around his office and to give us some insight into how he works and
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A Flexible Workshop and Lounge for the Volkswagen Group’s Carmeq

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                                Berlin-based <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Carmeq GmbH</a>, part of the Volkswagen Group, needed an office update to allow the employees more flexibility with how and where they worked. <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Actincommon</a> was hired to solve the problem and they gave them an open layout that housed both a place to work and a section to lounge.
The new, light-filled workspace was designed to stimulate and increase creativity and is filled with a range of furniture that can be moved and configured into endless setups as needed. The area allows for team brainstorming, group meetings, or just a comfortable place for individual employees to get some work done. The stadium-like furniture pieces offer double rows of seating with openings on the end for storage. The backs are upholstered for additional comfort while also helping to reduce sound and add a touch of privacy if needed. Around back, the furniture modules are open to store stools for
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