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Here’s a $1,000 Steelcase office chair designed with your gadgets in mind

Steelcase believes it has developed a global office chair that’s as high-tech as all your gadgets.<p>The office furniture maker’s new “flagship” chair was designed to be comfortable whether a worker is using an iPad or a smart phone, a laptop or some other device or tool. That chair, called Gesture, …

Ergonomics

Modern Office Furniture from Castelli

Liquid Lounge is a system of modular sofas and chairs designed for communication and privacy, perfect for waiting rooms or meeting areas. Designed by …

How to Choose the Perfect Furniture For Your Home Office

The most suitable furniture for your home office will be that which you’re comfortable and productive in. The right home office furniture will make …

California drought: How water crisis is worse for almonds

<b>Atwater,</b> -- Merced County - A huge shift away from annual crops to nut trees has transformed the California farm belt over the past two decades and left farmers perilously vulnerable to the severe drought that is currently gripping the state.<p>California farmers have spent past years busily ripping …

Download Mozilla's open source office furniture, some assembly required

In keeping with its open ethos, Mozilla teamed up with Japan-based design company Nosigner to develop and furnish its Japanese office using "open-source furniture." As part of its design, Nosigner used freely available products for the Mozilla Factory's flooring, partition walls, mirrors, and even …

Slate-like Tiles Made From Recycled Scrap Paper Laminate

Looking for something really unique and cool looking to cover any of your interior surfaces but don’t want to go the typical tile route? Slate-ish …

Home Improvement
Internet Marketing

Striking Large Scale Wall Murals Adding New Dimensions to a Room

Have a look at these creative wall mural designs! Vimagio proposes large scale, self-adhesive wallpapers that you can perfectly match with your …

Google Launches Maps Engine Pro For The Enterprise

Google has unveiled a new offering for its Maps product in the business setting as part of its vision into making it the next productivity tool. Starting today, companies can use Maps Engine Pro to better marry location and their data in order to “visualize and share” it on a map.<p>The service costs …

Here's Why Pinterest, Pandora, And Square Outsource Their Insanely Awesome Employee Perks

That's likely why it has attracted some of the hottest tech companies, including Pinterest, Pandora, and Square.<p>AnyPerk helps put startups on par with Google and Facebook when it comes to perks.<p>For $5 per employee per month, startups can offer employees discounted items like movie tickets, gym …

Startups

After 20 Months Google’s Campus London Hub Has 22,000 Members, So Where Next?

Opened in April 2012, Campus London, Google’s East London ‘startup hub,’ was something of a new departure for Google. It was taking out a ten year lease on a building which would be populated by co-working spaces, accelerator programmes, hackers and startups that Google had nothing to do with and …

Those Sprawling Office Parks You Drive By On Your Way Into The City Are Now Being Abandoned

There is a pretty good chance they are now completely abandoned.<p>In a recent feature called "Suburban Corporate Wasteland," NPR's Connecticut affiliate discusses how the state is now dotted with massive white elephants, the shells of a multi-decade boom in mega office parks.<p>Pfizer's sprawling, …

Urban Design

Is This Converted Train Station The World’s Largest Startup Incubator?

The pitch for new startup incubators is usually about filling ever-smaller niches: an incubator for social innovation, an incubator for breweries, an incubator for foreigners who can’t get visas.<p>But an incubator in Paris is looking for the opposite of niche, as one can tell from its name: 1,000 …

Inside Airbnb’s Whimsical New Headquarters

One of the appeals of Airbnb is in the daydreaming. With a few clicks, you can stay in a beach bungalow in Thailand, or a Brooklyn loft, or a rustic French villa.<p><i>Dr. Strangelove</i>, War Room (top), Airbnb (below)<p>The founders have given their newly opened headquarters the same sense of fantasy. In a …

San Francisco

Amid Cuts And Tax Hikes, Tech Companies Get Love in Ireland

Ireland is about to become the first European country to emerge from an international bailout in the wake of the financial crisis. Like other European countries, Ireland has been in a period of austerity — higher taxes and more cutbacks.<p>The nation's technology sector has been protected, however, as …

Flexible Collaborative Office Furniture by Industrial Facility

Locale™ Office is a minimalist design created by London-based firm Industrial Facility for Herman Miller. The collection was revealed at this year’s …

Furniture

The Top 11 Buildings Of 2013

The most amazing ways we kept a roof over our head in the last year: The greenest office building in the world, a city on wheels, a new take on the college dorm, and more.<p>Editor’s Note<p>Want more of our best stories of 2013? Read all of our end-of-the-year round-ups, in all of these categories:<br>• Top …

Want To Eat Like A Google Employee? Sprig Is At Your Service

Nate Keller, Google’s former executive chef, grew the company’s famously wonderful food service to 35,000 meals a day. Today, he applies techniques practiced at Google to food-delivery startup Sprig.<p>There’s a certain allure with early Google employees. While the tech community can point to Craig …

Sous-vide Cooking

A Wal-Mart Corporate Office Was Just Named One Of The Best New Buildings Of The Year

The architecture news website had its readers vote for the best buildings in 14 categories, choosing from hundreds of spaces constructed in 2013.<p>Brazilian architects at Estudio Guto Requena designed the Walmart office based on interviews with company employees, who answered questions about digital …

Architecture

How to Fix Open Offices

Design consultant John Ferrigan has worked with Silicon Valley companies large and small (inc­lud­­ing Google) to reshape work environments. His advice for tearing down walls.<p>Variety is key<br>Don’t just ditch the partitions: To be ­effective, open plans need to offer a range of ­areas. “In my …

Silicon Valley