Over the last 20 years there have been big changes in the general design of office furniture and office desks in particular.
For many years before this not a lot had changed. Technology had improved the design and finish of office furniture, and costs had reduced, mainly due to the larger number of office desks which were needed.
But in the main the office desk was essentially a rectangular work surface, supported by 4 legs and with some under desk storage attached.
Before the advent of computers, there was very little need for anything more than this. A secretary could join a return desk to her main desk, so that she had somewhere to put her typewriter, and an executive could join two rectangular desks together using a quadrant section, to produce a really big double desk layout.
And even when computers started appearing, for a few years not a lot changed, except that now in the office was a dedicated computer workstation, to which people went to use the computer when required. You have to remember that at this time Personal Computers were so expensive that they were not really personal, but shared between a department or section. Continue reading Office Furniture Design→
We still have quite a number of enquiries for glass desks each week, and always make a point of going through the issues with glass office furniture.
To begin with we need to know why this request has been made. Glass furniture is once again back in fashion, with many modern homes now sporting glass dining or coffee tables.
But glass furniture at home is not the same as a glass desk in the office, where the requirements of the desk are different to that of home furniture.
Most office desks need power and data and ideally a method of keeping the power and data safely out of sight, and the ability to access these facilities from the desk top.
Most office desks also have close to hand storage space for stationery , filing and other essential items
Most office desks have a tough hard wearing surface and impact resistant edging. The desk tops are designed to be easy to clean, and non reflective.
Over the last 12 months we have seen an explosion in customers wanting to have their office desk tops finished in white, and also expressing a preference to have white desk frames as well.
Luckily most office furniture manufacturers have risen to the challenge of this new finish and have added white to their standard options list.
We stock a number of ranges of office furniture which are available in a white finish, from stock, with a white desk frame option available at no additional cost.
These requests for white desks and accessories seems to have originated in the domestic furniture and kitchen market, where white has become exceedingly and increasingly popular.
More and more architects and house builders have been incorporating white finishes into their new designs and consumers have wanted to continue their theme through their home furniture and then through to their office desks and storage units.
A while ago we mentioned that more and more customers are asking us about bench desking, and it seems the numbers of enquires just keep on climbing.
The way we work today has meant the radial or wave style of desks are becoming less popular, mainly because they are now unnecessarily large. They were deigned for use with large CRT monitors, which in the main are now obsolete. With a flat screen an 80cm deep desk is deep enough to place the screen in the optimal position.
So saving redundant desk space , means that more desks can be fitted into the same space, or more area dedicated to other uses, such as file storage, meeting areas, or breakout areas. Another advantage is that the bench desks are invariably cheaper than a similar wave or radial desk.
In addition, when the desks are laid out as a long line of desks ( which is effectively what bench desking is) the intermediate legs can usually be shared, which further reduces the overall price.
CH Workspace are proud to add to their comprehensive range of office furniture products, and exciting new range called “Pure”.
Very minimalistic and stylish tubular legs make this range stand out from the average office desk. The simple but incredibly stable leg frames are kept upright by a steel welded beam which also hold the cable management systems.
This simplicity of design gives this range a clean uncluttered look: All that is there is all that needs to be there.
And to highlight this simplicity this desk frame is finished in a pure white powder coating for maximum effect, although there is a silver finish option if you are looking for a something even more state of the art.
One of the most surprising things about glass furniture is the very wide variation in price between the various options. This is almost always directly related to the quality of the materials used and whether or not they are mass produced. Many of the cheap glass desks and tables are made from low grade materials and are imported in bulk from the far east. Continue reading A Buyers Guide to Glass Desks and Glass Tables→
We all have so-called wireless devices, such as laptops, mobile phones, printers, keyboards and mice and much much more. So why is our desktop still cluttered with wires and why do we still feel tethered to our office furniture?
Because we still need power. There are many alternatives, but none of them work satisfactorily. Ordinary batteries seem so wasteful and environmentally unfriendly, re-chargeable batteries seem to run out much faster and are never charged when you need them. Solar chargers are expensive and rely on the sun – not much of that here – and all the other dreams of hydrogen-powered micro fuel cells and all the other technology promises are just that – promises. Continue reading Wireless Power ?→