One of the key problems with working in a modern office is the constant assault of visual distractions that inhibit our ability to concentrate on the task in front of us. According to Steelcase, a typical office worker or student switches tasks every three minutes, is interrupted every 11 minutes, and takes more than 20 minutes to get back on track once distracted. The company's desire to improve those numbers led to the development of the new workspace.
Before starting work, the company analyzed neuroscientific and cognitive research findings, examining the results of numerous studies to help inform the design of its new micro-environment. The research concluded that the constant visual distractions that surround us in the modern workplace, alongside the often uncomfortable nature of our working environments, are key obstacles to maximizing concentration and productivity.
The Brody WorkLounge is built to combat these issues. It offers an enclosed design, with a privacy screen that cuts out distractions that occur when we catch sight of something in our peripheral vision. It's designed to act as a psychological safe spot, where you can settle down to work, safe in the knowledge that no-one can walk up behind you.
The workspace is also built to help organizations utilize available space, with the ability to have standalone cubicles or to install numerous linked desks that still provide each user with their own personal space.
There's little wasted space inside the compact cubicle, with each unit incorporating a storage space for personal items, a side surface that can act as an arm rest when not in use, and an LED light.
There's also, of course, a main work surface, positioned on a swiveling arm that's adjustable up to 40 degrees of pitch. It's designed to allow the user to position their laptop screen at eye level, increasing comfort during use. As you'd expect from any modern office setup, each unit is fitted with a power point.
Aside from its focus on cutting out distractions and saving space, the workspace is also designed to keep users comfortable throughout the day. The integrated chair features the company's patented LiveLumbar technology, providing back support while eliminating the lower back gap common on office chairs. The product is available in various finishes and configurations, some of which include a foot rest.
Steelcase is targeting the Brody WorkLounge at businesses and universities. It starts at US$2,700, with pricing determined by configuration and selected surface materials.
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