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Designer's Eye: Revive and Survive Your Office Space

doucet042811_head_blog.jpgJoe Doucet, designer for BMW, Armani, and Disney, offers a quick course on pieces that make the office livable.

You spend one-third of your life in bed. If you're anything like me, you spend the other two thirds at work. And yet, despite the much-heralded advent of the office-as-playground and the widespread tearing down of cubicle walls, surprisingly few designers have turned their attention to the spaces where we labor. Though I'm guilty of the same neglect, I have made a few attempts, including my project "Flourish", a re-imagined chandelier comprised of flourescent tubing.

Here are some other ways to bring effective design into your workspace.

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Stendig Calendar
Created by the great Massimo Vignelli in 1966, this exquisite calendar remains an enduring example of excellence in modern graphic design.
$30 at www.stendigcalendar.com

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Lexon's Buro Collection
Designers Jeremy and Adrian Wright have created what I think of as the perfect desk set.
Check www.lexon-design.com for availabilities.

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The Tree Table
Clocking in at half a ton, this limited-edition signed-and-numbered piece by Sebastian E' is made from the South American "Crespo" tree.
For prices, inquire at www.meetsebastian.com

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