Working From Home Makes More Sense Than Ever
5. TreeHugger Home Offices Around the World
So do we practice what we preach? Let's look at some of the home offices occupied by TreeHugger contributors.
Lloyd in Toronto: "I work at a George Nelson designed herman miller built 1952 unit in a second floor former bedroom with a window and a deck. I have a macbook and a 23 inch monitor. When I raise my head I look at beautiful things, including my old camera collection and pictures of my children. A 1975 vintage NAD receiver pumps Tannoy speakers for music and movies. My connection is 16 meg but never delivers more than 7 and is erratic."
Paula in Buenos Aires: " the desk is actually a modular piece that can transform into different shapes, it was arranged into an L in our previous apartment and now we've put it in a straight line against the wall. It was designed by my boyfriend (architect) and built by him and dad from reconstituted wood (pine).
I have great natural light (this photo was taken at 7pm) and don't usually turn lights on until night. On the desk just a macbook, a mouse that doesn't match, some pics and the phone. The two calendars were presents and have jokes from the New Yorker and Mafalda (Argentinean comic). The chair is not green, actually the cheapest we could find that were not too ugly. But I have just bought a very old Aluminium Eames model that I'm refurbishing. The light is coming from my balcony, where I'm growing tomatoes that I check on as I work :)"
Mark in Boston: " The desk is cherry, hand made from local Maine craftsmen. The chair is a Mitchell chair, also hand-made, which is famous Maine brand. The rug I got on Craigslist. Note the classy rug hung from the door frame to save heat, and the self-referential photo - the posting is on my screen."
Bonnie in London: "My room is on the top floor of an old house. I have an Ikea work stand and an old Herman Miller chair. The photo is by Vince Pietropaolo, a Toronto photographer and the screen saver is Lake Simcoe, Ontario."
Kelly in Toronto
Alan in Portland: " I work in a number of places...my desk, the sofa (in front of the fireplace), and at the kitchen table."
Mike in Gatineau: "Not sure where I got the desk. Someone was probably going to throw it away and I took if off their hands. I designed and built the shelves above it with my father. Rotel integrated amp found on eBay on the left, A64 PC and Mac Pro under the desk. Infamous kitchen chair that I'm currently sitting on."
Warren in Sydney: "I have a WSW facing window that gives natural light all day. The CFLs only go on after it is dark outside. The desk is a 10 year old laminated birch number from IKEA, that was once rubbed down with beeswax and used as kitchen table. The bookcases are either secondhand from a Reuse Centre or from IKEA. (Tyler Durden would love me!) My chair is a kneeling stool of about 20 years vintage. It is made a tad more comfy by a some Nepalese seat rugs. I work on a refurbished 20" iMac, I bought only last month after passing over my five year old 14" G4 iBook (still going strong!) to my partner, whose laptop had died. (I used to use my iBook perched atop a homemade stand, made of an old plastic kitchen tidy bin). We are connected to wireless broadband via Airport Express. The Kyocera Ecos laser printer is in another room and is only powered on when we need to print, which these days is rare."
April in Gothenberg: "Here the messy desk with portland library table and grey gothenburg day outside. Nothing overtly green, though the 12-year-old Epson printer (still printing) has got to qualify as a dinosaur in technology-years, and the red sweater hanging over the chair is because I never turn the heat on in the daytime."
Erin in Brooklyn: "My "desk" du jour.
My roommate started a puzzle and I didn't have the heart or will to move it--so it has become a temporary part of my workspace landscape, if you will. Kentucky Derby--it's pretty awesome.
Eco-feature -- no printer and this laptop is old (not for long--that new macbook looks sweet and eco friendly!)"
George in New York: "
I have a custom desk that I "designed" and built where a built-in bed used to be. The desktop is a single 8-foot sheet of wheatboard that I had to finagle with the supplier for a small delivery of only two 100-pound sheets to my Manhattan apartment. A thin laminate of sustainable teak was applied to the top with non-toxic water-based glue (can't remember what kind) giving the desk a golden wood-grain look and thus avoiding the wheatboard look which can read like a bulletin board in a kid's classroom. Sealed with 3 coats of water-based polyurethane using a paint roller. The supports for this built in desk are made from 4 x 2 boards that were ripped out from the former built-in bed which of course minimizes waste. One corner is curved and I had a single sheet of quarter-inch glass custom made with matching curve to place on top of the desk.
Location / view: top floor (6th) overlooking a roof deck garden that grows herbs (more food growing to come soon) and is where I stash the compost bin until taking it to the farmers market at Union Square on Saturday when Lower East Side Ecology Center has a drop off station. Part of the Empire State building visible if you stand or sit in just the right spot. Sometimes I work outside on at the table on the deck using wireless internet or host TreeHugger meetings, but that's another story... There is a skylight in the room with the desk which Kachina and I purposely did not have the building management remove when they were removing all the others while doing maintenance work to waterproof the building membrane. Reasons are that patching it was good enough and not a waste of a good skylight, and it's made with that fantastic safety glass which has those little hexagonal wires in it giving the feel of Parisian-industrial sheik. Building itself is a brownstone from the 1850s so it's "cradle to cradle" in the regard that it has been repurposed and not torn down. It's in the Gramercy Area which is landmark protected so no more development here -- yeah!"
Trevor in Terlingua: "For the last month or so, I have been on tour by train, so mostly I have been working in the amtrak lounge car or in coffee shops around the country. I usually work from my place in Terlingua, which is on off-grid geodesic music studio in the works. There is no grid access, other than the underground DSL line. My computer, wifi, etc is all solar powered. I use a 1999 Powerbook Pismo. It is old, but it runs OSX.4.11 and works for 8 hours on its own battery power."