Office Products

March 01, 2006 |

Storage that's not a reach

AllSteel's award-winning Reach system doesn't just hang storage space off a wall. It actually uses lots of storage space to create the wall. By placing high-capacity lockers, cabinets, and shelves inside a cubicle's wall, it puts files, books, and work product conveniently at arm's length. The result is a shift in the workplace footprint, providing more workable space while optimizing the actual size of a workspace area for more functionality and space planning options.

Options are on the menu

The Menu line from Gunlocke allows the user to customize his or her own workstation. Menu has 10 worksurface shapes and various storage component options for space-efficient configurations. Integrated power, data access, and cable management options allow workers to customize specific technology tools (PDAs, laptop, and desktop computers) into their workstations.

Give me Liberty or give me uncomfortable office chairs

The follow-up to Niels Diffrient's Freedom chair from Humanscale, the Liberty uses a patent-pending, form-sensing mesh covering to allow the chair to conform to the user's body shape, yet still be breathable and durable. The no-knob adjustable back support is a carryover over from the Freedom.

A monitor arm that's nice to your arms

Humanscale's M4 flat panel monitor arm uses the same height and depth adjustment technology used in the Freedom and Liberty chairs. Users can adjust the ergonomically designed monitor support with their fingertips and the arm will keep its position without knobs or positioning clamps.

Office furniture that turns heads

One of Humanscale's newest ergonomic office products, the Diffrient Task Light can be positioned without using knobs for flexibility and ease of use. With an adjustable task light on a desk, workers can direct light where they need it most. Humanscale designer Niels Diffrient created the lights as part of his ongoing work to make functional office furniture easier to use.

Turn your phone conversations into babble

Babble, from Herman Miller's Sonare Technologies, is a desktop device that connects to the telephone and sends the user's voice out in multiplied and "babbled" form through proprietary speakers arranged in the work area. It achieves confidentiality without distracting the user of the device, and those in the user's immediate area hear what sounds like an indiscernible, low-volume group conversation. In addition to safeguarding information, Babble also contributes to increased productivity, allowing users to have confidential telephone conversations at their workstations, where their computers and files are located.

Cells of comfort

Designed by Herman Miller's Jerome Caruso, the Celle work chair's defining feature is Cellular Suspension, a concept that uses pliable molded polymer "cells" and loops to responsively flex in concert with the body's movements throughout the workday. Celle also follows Herman Miller's Design for Environment standards. The chair has 33% recycled content and is 99% recyclable.

Reflective canopies keep out sound

Armstrong's Soundscapes acoustic canopies are being recommended to reduce noise in work stations and reception areas. The curved canopies have a reflective membrane that absorbs 90% of soundwaves that contact it. The canopies are also light-reflective.

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