The Evolution of Workspace Aesthetics

Workspace design has undergone a significant evolution over the centuries. From the purely functional layouts of the Industrial Age to today’s ergonomic environments, the shift has been dramatic. The 19th century introduced a blend of utility and beauty in machinery designs, like the elegantly crafted Singer sewing machines, suggesting that workplaces could be both efficient and aesthetically pleasing. This history sets the stage for modern workspace design, where beauty is seen as a complement to functionality, not an afterthought.

Ergonomics Meets Art: A New Design Philosophy

In contemporary workspace design, there’s a growing emphasis on merging ergonomics with art. This trend acknowledges that a workspace should not only be healthy and comfortable but also visually stimulating and inspiring. The integration of ergonomic principles with artistic design elevates ordinary office furniture to a new realm, where pieces like the sit-stand desk are not just functional but also embody a sense of style and innovation.

The Role of Materials in Design

The choice of materials in workspace design speaks volumes about the philosophy behind a piece. Natural materials like plywood and linoleum are seeing a resurgence, valued for their sustainability and aesthetic appeal. These materials are being reimagined in modern furniture, offering a balance of durability, comfort, and visual appeal. In sit-stand desks, for instance, the use of natural plywood and linoleum creates a product that is not only ergonomic but also aligns with contemporary design sensibilities.

Designing for Wellness and Inspiration

Design in the modern workspace is increasingly focused on wellness and inspiration. The realization that our environment significantly impacts our health and creativity has led to designs that are adaptable and conducive to well-being. Adjustable furniture, like sit-stand desks, plays a crucial role in this shift. They offer flexibility and movement, countering the sedentary nature of many modern jobs and contributing to a more dynamic and health-conscious workspace.

The ART Desk has fans all over the world and that’s something to be proud of

We are curious as a company. We want to hear all possible feedback, comments, ideas and thoughts about us and our products. That is something we just hunger for. That said, please be in touch if you have anything to say about us or our products.

In this quick post we are showcasing a lovely feedback from one of our customers in Italy. The words are truly appreciated and make us thrive to do even better in the future.

The original message in Italian:

Lo smart working da necessità si è trasformato in opportunità: nei mesi di pandemia, ho compreso di avere maggior possibilità di successo nell’affrontare progetti che richiedono grande concentrazione da casa, rispetto all’ufficio. E così, ho deciso di creare un “home office” pensato per lavorare al meglio nel momento in cui si fosse ripresentata la necessità di isolarmi. Ho scelto colori e illuminazione adeguati ma, sopratutto, ho deciso di investire nella migliore postazione di lavoro possibile. Una poltrona Herman-Miller e una scrivania ART Desk. Ho trovato quest’ultima navigando su web e me ne sono subito innamorato per il design minimalista e per alcuni dettagli unici. Adoro il taglio passacavo in diagonale: oltre che funzionale, la distingue rispetto a qualsiasi altra scrivania. Lo staff è stato incredibilmente disponibile in tutte le fasi del processo: dall’ordine al tracciamento della spedizione, fino all’interesse genuino sul mio livello di soddisfazione, che non poteva che essere molto elevato, vista la qualità del prodotto ricevuto.

Antonio Poloni, Executive Vice President MMN

The translation:


The necessity of working smart turned into an opportunity: during the months of the ongoing pandemic, I realized that I had a greater chance of success when tackling projects that require great concentration from home – compared to the office. And so, I decided to create a “home office” that was designed to deliver a great working environment when the need to isolate myself again arose. I chose suitable colors and lighting, but above all, I decided to invest in the best possible workstation. A Herman-Miller armchair and The ART Desk. I found the latter by browsing the web and immediately fell in love with it for its minimalist design and unique details. I love the diagonal cut for cables: as well as being functional, it sets the desk apart from others. The staff was incredibly helpful at all stages of the process: from the order to the tracking of the shipment, up to the genuine interest in my level of satisfaction, which could only be very high, given the quality of the product received.

Antonio Poloni, Executive Vice President MMN

So thank you again Antonio for your message and the permission to showcase it and your photos from your home office. We wish you all the best during these hard times and hope you’ll enjoy your ART Desk.


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