Category Archives: Design

Wired For A New Home

1-hero-wired-18Check out the new digs for Wired magazine’s San Francisco headquarters. Kuddos to EIC Scott Dadich for giving props to his design team at Gensler. Overall, it’s a safe, clean, minimal environment that allows the staff to do their best work without any imposing vibrations from tacky designs. This project could have gone astray like the many other tech offices in the region.

And if you’re not familiar with TRNK, shop their assortment of home and office goods, plus spend some time reading their great editorial featuring some very astute patrons of good design.

See the article here.

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Saucey Clothing For Work – Asos

Saucey Clothing For Work - Asos

Home for the holiday but thinking about work? Or at work thinking about being home for an extended holiday break? Whatever the situation might be, make things easier with some online shopping therapy. One of my new favs is Asos (pronounced A-Sauce) from the UK. Click on the photo for 50%+FREE SHIPPING. Act fast, sale ends Friday July 6. Their prices are great to begin with…enjoy, splurge and be patriotic!

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July 5, 2012 · 2:40 pm

Walnut Keyboard Tray

Neatly hold your keyboard and keypad.

I think I should have been Canadian. Something about their aesthetics and zest for clean lines and design is so appealing. Every time I see an atrocious strip mall, I think about my trip to Vancouver where the simplest storefronts are stylish without being too trendy. And did I mention how clean everything is? No graffiti in sight. It’s amazing. Well, leave it up to the Canucks to create a clean tray to house your Apple wireless keyboard and keypad for your desk. The Combine Collective represents an ensemble of local Canadian artists who fuse art and technology for modern convenience. If you’re looking for a way to warm up your desk with natural wood accents, this is the perfect balance to the cold austere (yet beautiful) design of Mac products. Below the placement of the keyboard and pad is smaller vestibules for hiding unwanted clutter like pens and paperclips and whatever else you can easily loose in the mess. The tray can be ordered for right or left-handers. The purchase of this tray is a sure way to add some polish to your mundane office desk. Get yours for $99 CAD.

In case you need to hide something.

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Federal Supply Service Notebook

new year resolution - spend less

We all have new year resolutions so I thought I would start off with my first post of the year with a sensible one. This came my way through A Continuous Lean, the daily blog of all things cool and collected. Contributor Michael Williams was interning at the Pentagon when first coming across the DOD’s standard issue journal/notebook that is commonly used by a wide range of personnel, from government officials to soldiers fighting insurgents. I’m a huge fan of Moleskin journals, but as we all know, it can get pricey and I must say that the leather spine does not hold well with wear and tear. With a new outlook and perspective on my spending habits for the upcoming year, I have opted for the beyond reasonably priced federal notebooks that will run you only $3.83 each. Check out Williams post as he shares some great insights and practical use for his new find. As for me, I bought five and had them shipped directly to the office. One will be used for the Palm Springs renovation project, the others for travels, and of course one for those impromptu brainstorm sessions.

Desctop tip: here, more is more. Five or ten of these notebooks make for a stunning and bold design on your desk. The vibrant kelly green is a great accent for your office and who ever said that you can’t have more than one? Buy a few here.

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Storylines for your office (wall)

Frederik Roije's Storylines book shelf

Available in four colors, dark and light grey, white and blue.

Last month, I introduced you to Frederik Roije and his Guidelines wall-mount magazine rack. Now witness another great find from his Amsterdam-based studio – Storylines is a book shelf with the outline of an architectural skyline. If in the search for something interesting for your office that goes beyond the conventional, look no further. What I enjoy most about Roije’s work is the combination of architecture, design and functionality. True to the modern creed of “form follows function,” there’s nothing better than a true testament of authentic design that fuses all of these great aspirations. Made of powder-coated folding metal, Storylines is available in dark grey, light grey, blue, and white and is available for 199 Euros.

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Meet petite Vika Veine – IKEA

Affordable and space saving Vika Veine desk by IKEA.

Available in Brown-Black or White.

Convenient access to cables and plugs.

I get excited when mass manufacturers decide to provide accessible, clean design to the public. Grant it, IKEA is a rare breed with Swedish roots, which can hardly be coined as a “mass player.” But, considering it’s sheer volume of products and mass appeal, I appreciate their consideration of space-challenged dwellers living in urban neighborhoods. So if you’re in New York, or just happen to have a rather tight space, take note. The Vika Veine desk is a small workspace (measures 39″ wide by 24″ deep) that opens up to provide access to a felt board full of pockets and space for paperwork. Thanks to the mechanism of the pop-up hood, a channel opening provides access to power outlets and for hiding those messy cables. It’s a smart feature and one that is rarely seen with such minimal flair. You can be working and easily hide everything by closing the top. Furthermore, you have a clean worksurface in a split second.

The best part, the price is only $99 USD (not including the legs).

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Workflow of the future – Workflow Concept

Workflow desk concept by O4i.

The new cubicle for the stale office.

Here’s something to dream about. Swedish design firm O4i has proposed a new concept for the modern office that makes the stale cubicle a rather interesting place to work. Led by designers Henrik Kjellberg and Jon Lindstrom, the Workflow concept is an all-in-one workplace that provides a standard height work desk, a transaction counter for standing room work, and a built-in lounger for those impromptu relaxed brainstorming sessions or…well, naps in the office. Who needs a sofa in the office, right? It’s not like we’re Mad Men drinking during the middle of the day and needing a horizontal surface to lay. Well…come to think of it, this has been a requisite in the past due to some crazy lunches, but we’ll discuss that later.

The concept first grabbed my attention on the design blog community, ChicTip. Thank you contributor Lauren Proctor for posting the info. The O4i site includes several other product designs as well as a brief introduction to the award-winning designers. Not for production or sale, yet, but if we keep our fingers crossed, perhaps our dreams will come true.

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A pen fit for the Embassy – Embassy Pen

The Embassy Pen featuring the Fisher Space refill.

Government approved.

I’m a sucker for a good-looking pen. Just like I’m a sucker for a good-looking anything, but that’s a story for another time. Government approved vendor County Comm is the maker of several products for various U.S. groups and requirements. When commissioned for creating a new barrel pen, County Comm managed to broker a deal of keeping a surplus for their own profit. Making the limited quantity of pens available to the public, the black, anodized aluminum Embassy Pen is also available in stainless steel. The bold, knurled grip makes this tool a very attractive, sturdy, durable accessory for your writing needs. And who said it’s no longer fashionable to still write with a pen? I know technology is making it easier to type away for every task – thank you iPad – but, I will always find a way to use a pen for the old-fashion way of taking notes, or yes, even writing a check. Sadly, I have more pens than anyone could ever need. It’s a major problem and I don’t advice keeping too many around on your desk. However, I do love seeing great looking pens – a few at least – in a nice presentation on a desk. In my opinion, it’s very timeless and very executive.

Add the Embassy Pen to your collection for about $40 USD.

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Guidelines for your Life (and other mags)

Frederik Roije's folding medal Guidelines for wall mounted magazines.

Something about Frederik Roije‘s Guidelines design is very fashionable for your office wall. “Fashionable”… perhaps I’m channeling Anna Wintour because of today’s Fashion Night Out. But if you agree or not, his simplistic design is quite practical for displaying a few magazines that can pose as art. A little Bauhaus mixed with a Mondrian twist, the Amsterdam-based designer has created something unique with folded metal that is coated and available in white or dark gray. If you’ve been reading The Desctop for awhile, you will know that I have a love affair with print magazines. I’m especially excited about Roije’s creation because it is now easy to frame your favorite three covers without going through the trouble of placing them inside a frame. Furthermore, you can switch out the covers with ease for a quick update. For anyone looking to add a bit of fashion to their office space, simply add Guidelines to your wall. Available directly from Frederik Roije’s studio for 169 Euros.

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Write Wall – IdeaPaint

IdeaPaint turns your wall into a dry erase board!

Available in a solvent or water-base paint

Ever get in trouble for writing on the walls as a kid? I did. Perhaps it was a degenerate gene that connected me to my graffiti-making cousins or it was an artistic need to exert some creative expression. Whatever it was, I masked my bedroom walls long before it was popular to do so in conference rooms for the business world. Now, thanks to the wonders of science, you have another option besides chalkboard paint for similar applications. IdeaPaint, founded by three Babson College graduates, creates a high-performance solvent-base and a home-friendly water-base paint that transforms your walls into an effective dry erase board. For commercial and corporate needs, 50 sf of surface paint is available in an array of neutral colors starting at $175 USD. For smaller home projects, the water-based solution is available for 20 sf of coverage for $30. Keep in mind, 20 sf will yield an area that is 5′ x 4′. If opting for this option, I suggest buying cheap molding to create a frame effect for the designated area. The last thing you want is to go outside “the lines” and truly ruin your traditional walls. Consider this a lesson learned from my youth.

Visit IdeaPaint for their great site full of…well, ideas.

Set within a color backdrop, a small amount goes a long way.

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