People who work from home should have a nice place to work. This is one of the nicest.
Designboom shows a lovely little addition to a small cabin near Stockholm designed by Anders Berensen Architects. It has a lovely sleeping area where you can look up into a tower with a window“ totally dedicated to the sky”, but what excited me was the desk.
It’s much more than a desk; it is part of a window and an outside shelf, a seamless connection to outdoors. it is “inserted through the corner window. on the outside, the desk is made out of terracotta red concrete with holes for flowers to grow. on the inside, the desk is made of birch plywood with holes cut out for different purposes such as ventilation, cables, lamps, pencils and pencil sharpeners.”
It’s the pencil sharpener that made me smile, I have holes in my desk for power and wiring but never would have thought of this. This all strikes very close to home; I am writing this post from a cabin in the woods because I can, thanks to the spread of decent Internet. But I am sitting at the dining room table looking at a wall.
Years ago, when reviewing Alex Johnson's wonderful book Shedworking, I noted that “It is clear that our jobs are changing, that technology lets many of us work from anywhere, that the office is becoming less relevant.” At the time, we both thought that there had to be a special place for "the alternative workplace revolution" to happen.
But since then the technology has continued to evolve where even a shed might be more than you need; I can set up in seconds and work anywhere, and do. In a more recent post, I wondered if anyone even needed a desk anymore when our technology can pretty much fit in our pocket.
But oh, who wouldn’t be more productive and happy at that Anders Berensen desk with that beautiful view.
The rest of the addition is really nice too; see it all at Designboom.