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Four Furniture Pieces to Brighten your Office

Four Furniture Pieces to Brighten your Office

Many companies try to be thrifty when they furnish their offices. However, there are good reasons to invest in quality furniture when you have the chance. Having nice furniture makes your office more inviting to guests and brightens your mood.

Internationally-renowned architect and designer Zaha Hadid said that luxury furniture is becoming more popular than ever. Many designers are using architectural principles to make their furniture more pristine.  “There is a lot of fluidity nowadays between furniture and architecture,” she told The Telegraph. “One of the most exciting things about furniture design is that the production process between idea and result is so much quicker than in the past. Our avant-garde designs inspire new technologies, techniques, and materials. Those, in turn, inspire us to push the design envelope ever further.” Recent market data from leading players in the luxury furniture industry support her claims. The global market for luxury furniture was estimated to be over $21 billion in 2014. It has been growing steadily since.

Here are some great furniture pieces you may want to include in your office. Before you begin purchasing them, it’s important to make sure that you take the dimensions of your home and know how to set it up. We recommend reading this infographic which provides some great tips.

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Burnt-black Wood Tables

You may never have thought of burnt black wooden furniture as being very pleasing to look at. However, some people are willing to pay top dollar for it.

The Telegraph ran a story about the future of luxury furniture. They mentioned that a number of well-known designers were using burnt black wood to craft elegant tables. These artists include Jae Hyo Lee, Jim Partridge, Liz Walmsley, and Michael Fairfax.

You can find pictures of a number of burnt-black wood tables and other furniture on Pinterest. They can give you inspiration for furniture pieces to add to your office or home.

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Mahogany Desks

Mahogany desks are very popular in many offices. They tend to be more expensive than other types of wood, but you can find wildwood mahogany veneer desks for as little as $245.

Why should you buy a mahogany desk? Here are some key benefits to consider:

  • It has a straight grain, so it’s easy to finish.
  • It has a beautiful reddish tint which means it has pleasing aesthetics without requiring any paint or stains.
  • It is highly durable and can last for years.

Although mahogany desks are luxury items, you can usually buy them for reasonable prices.

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Curvaceous Chairs

Freyja Sewell began exploring with a new style of curvy chairs. They may be too feminine for some businesses, but blend perfectly into others. If you own a fashion design business or other company that caters to women with affluent tastes, you may want to invest in one of these.

Sewell has also designed a number of more innovative pieces, including a cocoon-styled sofa and pentagonal shaped, curvy chairs that offer great back support and a wide range of motion. Her curvy-styled chairs are a fascinating design that you won’t find from most other luxury designers.

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    Alder Bookcases

    Alder wasn’t always used for luxury furniture. It was once used by low-income families that couldn’t afford maple. However, milling technology has allowed manufacturers to use alder in new ways, so it’s frequently used to make luxury bookcases.

    There are a number of reasons alder is such a popular material for bookcases. It has a nice rustic tone, which can complement almost any office. It looks very similar to cherry wood, but doesn’t darken with age. While it’s still a luxury material, it’s also about half the price of Birchwood, so it’s ideal for businesses that want to add a luxury touch without overspending.

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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