The traditional office is played out. How can you prevent cubicle culture from ruining your life? Behold, plants:
There are countless reasons why your indoor office should look more like the great outdoors. Research has shown that vegetation can purify the air, improve employee productivity, and create a natural sound barrier between you and your neighbor’s interminable sniffling. Unfortunately, a single, sad little cactus on the receptionist’s desk isn’t going to cut it.
So the Swedish manufacturer Offecct has created a way for people to easily and stylishly usher mother nature into the workplace:Oasis, a collection of ultra-modern furniture, including pedestals, trays, and even sofas, designed explicitly to display plants.
Our favorite, though, comes from the mind of French architect and designer Jean-Marie Massaud. “Green Island” (below) is a low-slung divan with a cutout for a big pot. Stick a palm in there, and the thing transforms into an chic little oasis — a place for harried employees to sit and relax under a shady tree, smack dab in the middle of the workroom. Offecct says in their press materials that the focus of the collection “is to add value through a planned use of vegetation in public.” We’ll interpret that to mean that for a fleeting moment, a working stiff might forget that she has 50 emails in her inbox and an angry client on the line and instead find herself transported magically into a Corona commercial.
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