For many of us, technology and fashion have become welcome members of our homes. And our obsession with electronic gadgets and stylish furniture has now found its way to the home office. We might be working from our tricked out super styled home offices just one day a week or like me it could be full-time in the garden office. For many, the office is simply used as project central for family, house, and children. Whatever our situation, we need equipment that is both flexible and functional. The more modular the better. No matter the configurations we opt for, everything — chairs and work surfaces — must be ergonomically savvy.
When purchasing home office equipment, be it furniture or a new desktop computer, you want to consider the different configurations available the styles you prefer. The newest trend in home office design is to not make it look like an office at all, but rather an extension of your home. The key element is a comfortable ergonomic chair that’s good to sit in for a full day. Use cable tidy solutions to keep wires out of site and tangle free.
And keep up to date with the latest in office innovation. There’s some truly amazing technology out there that will not only make your waking day go that little bit smoother, but also make your home and garden office look the business. From A ‘cloud’ device that makes all the files on your PC acessible over the internet, to intelligent storage devices that back up and organise your files automatically, even the simple gadgets like a shredder and a multi-port charger can cut the time you spend doing specific tasks…
Here we have Lazy Susan’s run down of our favourite home office essentials. And if we don’t own them already, we will definitely be purchasing the in the future!
Orla Kiely Rowan Sideboard
My wife and I love Orla Kiely, our home is full of her prints, from the walls to bath towels. Her work has a retro 60’s/70’s feel to it, but it never looks dated. The furniture she’s designed for Heal’s, has an exclusive and distinctive edge, which reflects both the designer’s work and Heal’s core values. The Rowan Sideboard in White & Orange, part of the Rowan collection takes its inspiration from the mid 20th Century furniture design. Practical and beautiful, the Rowan Sideboard has been enhanced by Kiely’s signature Stem design perforated onto one of the four sliding doors, painted white, against a contrasting bold orange door. Crafted from walnut solids and veneers and finished with a durable clear matt lacquer. Dimensions : W165 x D47 x H70cm. Exclusive to Heal’s. Signature details like the perforated stem design make this a real attention grabber.
The Aeron chair from Herman Miller didn’t end up in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection just because it looks cool. Although it does look pretty cool and Lazy Susan is a big fan, but its striking good looks are only the beginning. Aeron accommodates both the sitter and the environment. It adapts naturally to virtually every body, and it’s 94% recyclable. Even if it’s black, it’s green. Imaginative design, future-forward ergonomics and a look so distinctive that it’s probably the only office chair that people can identify by name. Adaptable to all sizes and shapes and all the motions you go through every day while seated, Aeron provides healthy comfort and balanced body support with its innovative suspension and easy-to-use adjustment controls. Work chair, side chair, and stool support all kinds of office work. A modest, but fundamental, design addition, PostureFit is part of what makes Aeron so comfortable to sit in, even for hours and hours on end. PostureFit supports the way your pelvis tilts naturally forward, so that your spine stays aligned and you avoid back pain. Where are the cushions? A chair should conform to your contours and relieve the pressure points and heat build-up that cause the aches and pains and fatigue that people who sit all day often think are just part of the job. The Pellicle—that’s the specially woven seat nd back suspension material developed for Aeron to you and I – does what cushions can’t. It conforms to your body and cradles it, keeping the pressure even across your body, whilst keeping you cool at the same time.
Inspired by the New York Chrysler Building, this galvanised steel desk combines style and functionality. The deep sea blue finish gives this classic design a modern twist. This desk has all the hallmarks of timeless design… Made from hand crafted galvanised steel each desk is coated in the same acrylic lacquer used in the car industry. The top is made from beech which is covered in matt black laminate and the chrome detailing around the perimeter of the top and each pedestal further reminds us that this desk’s design was clearly derived with an automotive influence. As with all Utility Line furniture this item is made to order in any RAL colour of your choice that you can select www.ralcolor.com. There are three combinations of drawers and filing systems so that your storage requirements are fulfilled – Option A: both pedestals have 2 drawers and a filing drawer; Option B: one pedestal has 2 drawers and a filing drawer, the other pedestal has 4 drawers (they are interchangeable so you can choose which side is which); Option C: both pedestals have 4 drawers. Whether in a home office, study or at work the Utility Desk gives ample space for a computer as well as lots of other workspace. A true classic! Available in the UK from The Conran Shop.
What more can be said about Apple. I am sat typing on an iMac in my garden office as we speak… But as well as looking amazing compared to PC’s, there are plenty of ‘techy’ reasons to take a look at the iMac, especially if you prefer the Apple OS to using Windows. The downside to this particular home computer is that it doesn’t have the RAM or the storage that you get with other machines, but it suits me fine and looks and works amazing. The other big thing with Apple is you just don’t seem to get all the viruses and technical problems that seem to plague PC’s and Windows. There are also a limited number of USB ports, though the Bluetooth mouse and keyboard doesn’t take up any USB slots. Overall, the Mac has several strong advantages when it comes to the operating system though. The performance of the iMac is excellent. I can’t say anymore, I love it!
Dell Studio XPS 7100
If an iMac is not your thing and you’re looking for a home computer that goes beyond your expectations, then I’d strongly consider you take a look at the Dell Studio XPS 7100. This desktop computer gives you a winning combination of storage, processor speed and connectivity. With storage space of nearly 1.5TB and a processing speed of 2.5 GHz, you will be covered whether you want to surf the web at breakneck speeds or organize thousands of family photos. There are plenty of reasons this computer trounces the competition and earns the TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award, but the most important could be that you won’t outgrow this machine anytime soon. Dell is a trusted name when it comes to computers, and for good reason. They offer a wide variety of customization options so you can get the exact computer you need for the price you’re willing to spend. The Dell Studio XPS 7100 is also exceptionally customizable. With a Dell, you know you’ll get a quality product for your money. And there is always the option to update the hardware later as and when its needed.
HP Envy 17
In terms of laptop’s, I’m a big fan of the HP Envy 17. It has a beautiful display, outstanding feature set and powerful performance. This laptop excels in almost every aspect and offers many features and tools that I could rant and rave about all day. To keep it brief though, it has large display screen and outstanding audio features. The ENVY 17 has a two-year warranty in addition to HP’s excellent customer support, which are big advantages from a home business point of view. With so much to offer and many features and tools that blow other laptops away, it is easy to see why the HP ENVY 17 receives so many industry awards.
Apple MacBook Pro
As much as I love the HP, and if you haven’t already guessed, I’m a Mac man. For me it has to be the Apple MacBook Pro every time. This is is a laptop computer with much to offer. It is small but is available in a choice of 13-inch, 15.4-inch or 17-inch display screen. It includes a full feature set with several features to accomplish both your business and multimedia needs. There is 4GB of memory included, along with up to seven hours of battery life. Trust me when I say theApple MacBook Pro is a sturdy but super stylish device that will help you accomplish all your business needs.
Pogoplug Pro from Cloud Engines
Do you need remote file access when you’re away from your home or garden office? Then you need to connect this ‘cloud’ to your router and it’ll give you up to 4 USB drives and you can then view, share and download photos, documents and videos via the web or an iPhone/Android app, wherever you are. Sounds a bit like a sales ad but this really is an essential bit of kit if you have to travel.
i4 Universal Charger from IDAPT
If your desk resembles spaghetti junction, such is the tangle of chargers and cables, then you’ll be needing one of these bad boys. 6 interchangeable cordless tips (Nokia 2, Samsung 4, iPod/iPhone, mini USB and Sony Ericsson fast port). It will let you charge up to 4 gadgets at once, and there are more available to buy online. Dimensions: H32mm x W169mm x D135mm. Features: Mains powered.
HP Photosmart 7510
With print quality very high and prices ultra-low, what can multifunction printer manufacturers do to improve on previous models? This new HP Photosmart 7510 sets itself apart by offering a huge range of features, but it also leaves a few behind. The HP Photosmart 7510 uses five ink tanks: CMYK, plus a pigmented black for clear, waterproof text. It connects to your Mac through USB or to your home network using Wi-Fi and has AirPrint for printing from iOS devices.
Brother MFC – J6910DW
If you need to print in A3, then the Brother MFC – J6910DW printer can be bought for under £400. It’s as compact as it’s possible to be for an A3 multifunction device, solidly built and has two paper trays so you can load A3 and A4 paper simultaneously, and a rear sheet feeder for the occasional photo paper print or letterhead. Again, connectivity is through USB, Ethernet or WiFi, and it features an 8.3cm touchscreen. If I’m being picky, then like many Brother printers, the MFC-J6910DW’s print quality is merely workmanlike. Text can be a little washed out/grey, and photos are a little over-red. But for day to day use, it is perfect.
Arc Touch from Microsoft
If you need a mouse for any surface, then this stylish little mouse with responsive touch-scroll strip works on any surface, from a glass tabletop to the arm of you sofa. It’s flexible too – curve it to switch on and fold it flat to turn it off.
Dimensions: L130mm x W60mm. Features: PnP, PC only, 100MB disk space needed for optional driver, requires batteries that last a good few months.
This designer-chic update of the computer desk by designer, George Nelson, has multicoloured compartments for books and stationary, creating a vibrant modern workstation. Vitra desk isn’t cheap, it retails for a cool £3K and is available at by Twentytwentyone. With his swag leg group, George Nelson didn’t try to design an innovation; the innovation resulted from his criteria for the design. He began with the legs, insisting that they be made of metal, machine formed, and prefinished. He also wanted them to be easy for the consumer to assemble, so the desk and tables could ship knocked down to save on costs. This 34.5″ high desk has a white-laminate top surface, solid walnut side and back panels, 4 hardwood dividers, and 2 black-plastic pencil drawers. The base is chrome finished steel tubing with a solid walnut stretcher and adjustable glides. The desk also has a grommet for cable management. Hardwood divider colors include 2 orange, 1 spa blue, and 1 chartreuse. Shipped knocked down (flat-packed). Shipped packaging dimensions are: 42″ length x 30″ width x 12″ height. Some assembly required: legs need to be attached to desk.
K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard from Logitech
Say goodbye to battery hassles with a solar-powered keyboard that recharges with natural or artificial light. It has a desktop app so you can keep an eye on power levels, and laptop-style keys that are a joy to type on. Dimensions: H7.5mm x W431mm x D161mm.
LabelManager PnP from Dymo
If you organise mailouts or run a jam factory from your garden room, then you’ll rely on your PC to create labels. But lining up sheets of stickers and restrictive software can make this a real pain. So, behold Dymo’s snazzy little LabelManager machine, which uses any fonts or graphics on your computer and works with easy-loading rolls of labels. Dimensions: H142mm x W53mm x D135mm. Works with both PC and Mac, and is supplied with a rechargeable battery.
Powershred DS-1 from Fellowes
Everybody needs a shredder, they are fun and essential for security. However, I warn you that this machine could cause a serious shredding addiction. It cross-cuts 11 sheets of paper at a time, handles staples and paperclips, the pedal bin is a joy to empty, and the machine stops automatically if it’s touched during operation. Dimensions: H554mm x W393mm x D274mm and it is mains powered.
USB Outlet Quattro from CurrentWerks
As you can imagine I have a bunch of gadgets and they all come with their own little box that you plug the USB into, before you plug it into the wall outlet. I have a million of them. They are bulky, some have the little folding prongs, you need to make sure you have it with you all the time or you can’t charge anything, literally just one of those everyday annoyances. Well, here’s something you may not have seen before (at least I haven’t) and as I gaze upon it lovingly, I wonder to myself, where have you been all my life? Meet the Outlet Quattro, designed just for your ever popular USB charged gadgets and gizmos. Gone are the days where you will require those little detached black or white boxes, “high tech” your office and get these bad boys built right into your garden room.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the humble stapler. I mean, you simply have to staple sometimes. Its not the act of stapling that’s the problem, the biggest problem is the removing of the staples. Anytime I need to fax something, copy something or shred something, I’m faced with the task of de-stapling the pages and those little metal chompy things are rubbish. Well never fear, I have found the answer to all our stapling dissatisfaction, the Staple-less staple set, these little magical wonders do away with the staples and bind your papers together by making a neat little hole that attaches it all together with little paper ‘clips’.
Sagemcom Sixty Digital Cordless Phone
Most of you probably don’t use a landline now, especially with how cheap mobile plans are, and the hassle of getting a landline running to your garden office in the first place. Of course, there are others who prefer to stick to tradition, but I can say for sure that the number of landline that we see in new garden offices is pretty low. So what happens when someone decides to take the old and merge it with the new? An example involving the landline would be the £89.99 Sagemcom Sixty Digital Cordless Phone. A sleek design with an orange or chrome finish, boasting retro sound effects and light effects on the dial. Definitely an attention grabber no matter which part of the room you decide to place it, the Sagemcom Sixty Digital Cordless Phone has an LCD touchscreen display that shows off the time and date, while letting you access a slew of functions in a jiffy such as your digital address book. It holds up to 150 names and numbers, and you can also view messages, adjust settings and see who is calling via caller ID on said LCD display. Heck, it even has an integrated answering machine, capable of storing up to 24 minutes’ worth of messages.
USB cup warmer
Why is it that a really good cup of coffee always seems to cool at 10 times the normal rate when you’re working? It’s really very annoying. Well at last there’s a suitably techy solution in the USB cup warmer. Simply plug this little gadget into your USB port, pop your cuppa on the hot plate and it’ll extend your drinking time by up to 30 minutes – bliss.
Cabledrop can really blend in with your decor, use them hidden under ledges with the muted colors to match your furniture or bring them to light by using the bright ones. Beyond just preventing cables from falling off a desk, they make great cable clips on furniture legs or walls to control unruly cords. The Cable Drop is the easiest to use thing you’ll ever buy as there are only two steps. Peel and stick then insert cable. Once you start using the Cable Drop you’ll never go back to not using it, it’s just so convenient and helpful. As you can see from the pictures the Cable Drop is not only easy to use but it has been beautifully designed by an obviously very talented designer and will fit into any workplace because of this.
Apple iPhone 5
I know, I have an Apple fetish. And while we can’t confirm or deny if the above image is the real deal, there is no doubt that the Apple iPhone 5 is our most anticipated gadget of 2012. Apple recently launched the iPhone 4S, which seemed to disappoint many fans who were expecting the new style 5. And while the 4S device has some nice changes under the hood, including the addition of voice-recognizing personal assistant Siri and an excellent 8-megapixel camera, the phone looks pretty much identical to its predecessor the iPhone 4. The upcoming phone from Apple is expected to sport the Apple’s latest and greatest A5 processor chip, iCloud service, higher-resolution camera, 4-inch screen size, and fingers crossed, as sexy new design.
And its not just Apple… The next version of Windows is yet another, most anticipated product after the Apple iPhone 5 and iPad 3. Windows 8 will offer a number of new features from its all new UI to Windows App Store and improvised security features. Windows 8 has got an interactive UI called the ‘Metro-style’ design, which shows the most important information to you, embodies simplicity, and gives you full control over it. The UI is designed to provide a fluid and intuitive interaction and navigation with touch, or a mouse and keyboard. Microsoft released a Developer Preview of the Windows 8, which is currently in pre-beta version. The developer version shows off the current stage of the OS. It is available for free download at the official Windows site.
About Lazy Susan
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