A Seat 16 Years in the Making

A Seat 16 Years in the Making

By Martin Keen, Founder & Design Director   In 1996, the birth of our son forced me out of my home office, so we built a red barn behind our house in Jamestown, Rhode Island. It was to be my own personal space to be creative and focused (READ: I could make a mess, and […]

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Your 3-Step Spring Refresh Checklist

Your 3-Step Spring Refresh Checklist

  It’s officially been spring for over two weeks. This means it’s time to get rid of your junk again.   1. Declutter (the Marie Kondo Way) If you’re feeling uninspired about your much-needed cleanup session, get yourself together and look up the cleaning and mindfulness guru Marie Kondo. A celebrity in Japan, the writer […]

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SXSW 2017 Roundup: Our Favorite Things

SXSW 2017 Roundup: Our Favorite Things

  Each year, the festival South By Southwest (SXSW) celebrates tech, film, and music in downtown Austin. Focal has attended the interactive festival since 2012; every year brings new adventures, people, and, of course, amazing food & drink (we didn’t complain about the deep-fried avocados we happened upon at Mighty Cone).   The gif here […]

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How to Get Your Boss to Buy You a Standing Desk

How to Get Your Boss to Buy You a Standing Desk

  As standing desks and leaning seats become more and more popular, people often wonder how they can actually get their company to buy them. Chances are, it’s easier than you think. We’ll walk you through the steps that might be helpful in getting your boss to buy you an upgraded workstation.   1. Do […]

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Biohacking 101

Biohacking 101

  Is biohacking right for you? While no scientific definition formally backs the concept, biohacking implies the practice of self-improvement through targeted dieting, exercise, and physical experimentation. The idea is that you can only expect the best performance and resilience from your body (better focus, better sleep, better mood, better long-term health) if you pay […]

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How the Office Evolved

How the Office Evolved

  Why do we work 9-5? Why do so many Americans work in miserable offices? Here’s a quick look at the origins of our office culture.   The Birth of the Modern Office The story begins somewhere in the long-winded, century-long Industrial Revolution, when the concept of work and production moved away from the home […]

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Office Design Trends Through History

Office Design Trends Through History

  The battle for privacy in the workspace has always surfaced in history’s major office design shifts, and it’s not over. Check out why we started and stopped working in communal environments.   Taylorism and the Factory Floor By 1930, American engineer Frederick Taylor rolled out a first-ever office design plan that placed managers in […]

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5 Ways to Feng Shui Your Workspace

5 Ways to Feng Shui Your Workspace

  Whether you’re inspired by spring’s approach or your desk just needs a deep clean, it’s never a bad idea to freshen up your workspace. In a world where bad office chairs, fluorescent lighting, and stressful deadlines reign, extra care for your immediate surroundings can work wonders on your mood and focus.   Feng shui […]

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What Greater Working Flexibility Means for Equality

What Greater Working Flexibility Means for Equality

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, about one third of American employees now work partially or completely from home. Millennials are increasingly avoiding 9-5 jobs and leaving positions after two or three years. They’re also generally more concerned about work-life balance than the previous generation, and willing to avoid opportunities or promotions at work […]

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WELL: The Make-Your-Workspace-Bearable Checklist

WELL: The Make-Your-Workspace-Bearable Checklist

If you’re fascinated by human-centered design like we are, you’ll appreciate the WELL Building Standard, a method for evaluating and adjusting physical environments for better health and wellness. The scientists, doctors, wellness experts and architects that helped draft the system agree: health and wellness should be at the center of design, construction, and development efforts. […]

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