Think office furniture is boring? Well, we forgive you. After all, most of us have only ever worked in places where the furniture was only slightly more exciting that the bland, white-bread bagels they serve up on Free Bagel Friday. But it turns, office furniture can be as exciting as you want to make it. These three companies, for example, prove that the creativity of your office furniture is limited only by your imagination.
1. Cardboard Furniture Most of us have seen cardboard furniture by now, either the improvised coffee table made out of old boxes or the nifty college student desks that ship in flat boxes. But few of us have seen any cardboard furniture that looks like this. Made by Cardboard Future, these desks, tables, and storage units look more like the glossy contemporary fiberboard stuff you find at IKEA. The difference is, these pieces are made of 100 percent recycled, sustainable materials — and they look super snazzy.
2. A Guest Chair Made out of an Old Bathtub Eat your heart out, Holly Golightly. This arm chair is made out of an old bathtub and some metal tubing. Reddish Studio claims it’s “surprisingly comfortable.” Sadly, this seems to be a concept piece and not for sale, but we could see it inspiring a whole line of bathroom-inspired office furniture. Instead of cubicle partitions, you could have shower curtains. Instead of a conference room, you could all sit in a giant Jacuzzi. The possibilities are really endless.
3. A Bulletin Board Made of Old Wine Corks There is so much good stuff on Terracycle.net, it was hard to choose just one. In the end, though, we were forced to admit that a bulletin board is more useful in an office environment than, say, a pull-tab shoulder bag or a lunch box made of old Lunchables containers. But just barely.