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Office Of The Future

Making the most of your office space.

This story appears in the June 1998 issue of

Sleek lines, bold colors, ergonomic designs--today's home offices are getting quite a makeover. Gone are the days of predictable, drab work spaces. Think more along the lines of style, comfort and innovation. It's all part of a movement toward modernism, and office furniture manufacturers remain front-runners in the trend.

Consider conceptual configurations like Haworth Inc.'s Flo (storage unit shown at right). Although still just an abstract vision in the testing stages, this lavender and honey-colored workstation attempts to create an environment that enhances both intellectual and creative tasks (a discipline known as cognitive ergonomics). How is that accomplished? By providing the user with an organizational system patterned after that of the mind. For instance, the Flo sports an upright shelf along the desk's back edge designed to display all work-in-progress. And to keep all documents in check, matching storage units offer a cubbyhole-like system for paper organization.

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