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Incorporating a Standing Desk into your Work Lifestyle

Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:29:18 PM America/Los_Angeles

Many of us now know that sitting at your desk for 40+ hours a week, is not the best option for your personal health.  It increases the risk of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.  Thankfully many furniture manufacturers have started to take notice in recent years, and have since produced some great standing desk options.

 

The Mito Desk offers an electric height adjustment option

https://www.edeskco.com/executive-desk/mdd-executive-desks/mito-office-desk.cfm

  

Standing desks have been said to offer the following health benefits:

  • - Increased energy
  • - The ability to burn more calories
  • - Standing Desks may help blood sugar levels return to normal more quickly after eating. (which in turn helps keep energy levels up, regulates hormones, and promotes good metabolism)
  • - Improved productivity
  • - Standing Desks can reduce the risk of shoulder and back pain
  • - Greater work collaboration.  Employees are more likely to interact, when they are already in a standing position

 

Of course too much of anything can be harmful.  The desk user should try using a standing desk for small increments at first, typically for two to four hours a day.  It is important to start with these shorter increments in the beginning, and listen to your body.  Don't force yourself to stand too long.  Gradual transition is key.

In addition, make sure to focus on your posture, and stand as straight as you can.  Make sure to position your computer screen at eye level, 20-30 inches away from your face.  Wrists should be flat on your desk, and your arms relaxed close to a 90 degree angle.  Always make sure to wear comfortable shoes, therefore not shifting your weight around.

The Drive Yan Workstation features an electric height adjustment option

https://www.edeskco.com/drive-yan-workstation.cfm

 

 

Lastly, make sure to not place all of your weight on one foot, and avoid locking your knee.  This can strain your lower back and neck.  Leaning over can also cause additional back strain.

*The Drive Ogi  Workstation offers an electric height adjustment option

https://www.edeskco.com/drive-ogi-workstation.cfm

 

Be sure to check out the standing desk options at Executive Desk Company today!

Posted By Sara Irizarry

New Brand Spotlight: Creative Wood

Thursday, April 12, 2018 3:13:28 PM America/Los_Angeles

"We see change as an opportunity to design and manufacture products with purpose. Blending form and function into objects of personal value and expression that enhance today’s office landscapes." -Creative Wood

 

Executive Desk Company is proud to announce a partnership with Oakland, California based company Creative Wood.

This highly customizable and innovative U.S.A. based & family owned company has been in business for over 45 years, providing top quality furniture to companies all over the world.  Creative Wood is able to make a variety of sizes, finishes, and is able to use a variety of mixed materials. From high quality laminate, to traditional wood veneer, to glass and metals, they are able to do it all!

Creative Wood emphasizes building smarter furniture through environmental sustainability and responsibility.  They focus on putting themselves in the end users shoes, collaborating hand in hand to provide product solutions that work today and well into the future.  Change is considered an opportunity to design and manufacture products with purpose.  Blending form and function into objects of personal value and expression that enhance today's office landscapes.

They have quite a reputation, working with such companies such as Google, Netflix, and Stanford University.  Please see the images below, to see a sample of the extensive variety of unique items that they offer:

 

A very stylish reception desk built with aluminum inlay and glass countertop. Guaranteed to make a great first impression with its nontraditional style, it would be a nice addition to the forefront of any work place.


 

A beautiful, curved conference table with open middle, in walnut veneer with gunmetal gray powder coat metal base.


Laminate is budget-friendly, durable, and attractive. This reception desk is on-trend with a combination of gray wood grain and white laminates.


A stylish solution for a conference table: two live-edge planks placed side by side with a metal base.


 

This beautiful free standing desk and storage cabinet combination, from the Platform series, is featured in a dark finish.  These pieces incorporate wood, glass , and metal materials.


This oak table features segmented plank veneer and angled open metal bases. Data and power are in the double door trough.


This reception desk features a simple contrasting design of rustic reclaimed wood for the accent panel front, and sleek contemporary metallic aluminum material on the reception shell and work surface.  What a unique piece!


Creative Wood designed this unique mobile ticket kiosk for a local community college using mixed materials – laminate case with matte aluminum horizontal ribs and polished aluminum signage. The unit is on casters and features plenty of storage, flip top surfaces and an ADA shelf.


The products above showcase many different examples of Creative Wood products, however this is only a small example of their offerings.  They are often able to customize and design completely new items, or customize existing items.

We are very excited for the new & innovative furniture designs that will be created.  The possibilities are truly endless!

Posted By Sara Irizarry

New Product Spotlight: Valde Reception Desks

Friday, July 21, 2017 8:52:20 AM America/Los_Angeles

Your reception area is the first point of contact with clients, so it is important that you make a good and impactful first impression.  With its premium quality, exquisite modern look, and the many different configurations that the Valde Reception Desks has to offer, you can do just that.

 

Superior Quality and Sustainable Materials

The Valde Reception Desk series is produced in Poland by a family owned business with over twenty years of family tradition.  They have a variety of clients including the Strong Project, smaller businesses like the salon pictured below, and have even had a chance to provide a reception desk to the White House. 

Raw materials are carefully selected, and 100% of wood used comes from responsible forestry.  Finished products are certified according to European standards PN-EN.

 

 

 

Modular Reception Desks

In addition to its high quality and premium materials, the Valde Reception Desk is designed to be completely versatile.  Sections can be added to create a different look, or to produce a desk as large or as small as your business needs, with endless configurations. A single desk makes a great workstation for receptionists in a small lobby, while larger desk configurations are ideal for bigger waiting rooms with more space to spare, and multiple receptionists to accommodate at once.

 

*From left to right: Valde Beeline Reception Desk, Valde Semi-Circular Reception Desk, Valde Circular Reception Desk, and the Valde Wave Reception Desk

 

Unique Lighting & Creative Design

LED lighting is located under the upper desk top and at the bottom of the counter, making the reception desk stand out, with the added benefit of presenting perfectly in darker rooms.

 

With such a wide variety of colors available, you are able to select something that is ideal for a bolder look, or you can choose a color that is more neutral and subdued:  

 

 

Need help finding a reception desk that will fit your needs?  Call our furniture experts at (800) 376-0652 or leave a comment below!

 

Posted By Sara Irizarry

Low Maintenance Plants to Enhance Your Executive Office

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 9:56:33 PM America/Los_Angeles

In the world of executive offices, there is sometimes a lack of connection with nature and the outside world. This separation has been proven to be detrimental to people on both mental and physical levels. As more research has been done to study office environments, time and time again, it becomes clear that the benefits of plants in the office are outstanding. From improving air quality, to stimulating productivity, plants can provide a wealth of benefits that are too good to ignore. One study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, “The relative benefits of green versus lean office space”, showed that “…when plants were brought into the offices – one plant per square meter – employee performance on memory retention and other basic tests improved substantially”

Courtesy of Between Friends

 

Although many people may be wary to take on the responsibility of keeping an office plant alive, there are many plants that are beneficial, beautiful, and very hard to kill. Incorporating plants into your executive office is fairly easy, and the difference made by a few well-placed plants is astounding. By cultivating a collection of durable and low maintenance plants, any office dweller can reap the benefits that nature has to provide.

 

 Photo courtesy of author

 

Below are our 10 favorite plants that purify the air, are aesthetically pleasing, and require very little maintenance. Whether you choose to add a small English ivy plant on the corner of your executive desk, or use the taller Dragon Tree or Bamboo Palm as a natural room divider, these plants will incorporate easily into your office space and will instantly enhance your environment.

Photos courtesy of The National Gardening Association

 

The relative benefits of green versus lean office space: Three field experiments. Nieuwenhuis, Marlon; Knight, Craig; Postmes, Tom; Haslam, S. Alexander. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, Vol 20(3), Sep 2014, 199-214.

Posted By Emily Hupp

Creating a Modern Reception Area

Thursday, May 4, 2017 1:11:02 PM America/Los_Angeles

 

Because your reception area is the first point of contact for your clients, it should reflect the image you are looking to portray for your company.  For many businesses, this means creating a reception room with a clean modern look, that leaves a lasting impression.   A stunning custom built reception desk may do just the trick.


Find the Correct Fit

As tempting as it may be to order an exuberantly large reception desk, or order a smaller reception desk to save money, these decisions could have a negative impact in the long run.  A reception desk that is too large for your room will create a space that appears too cramped and uncomfortable.  On the other hand, a reception desk that is too small for your room will make your space look very disproportional and unbalanced.

 

 

Neo-Berlin Grand Reception Desk, edeskco.com

 

 

Neo-Berlin Small Reception Desk, edeskco.com

 

 

Keep it Simple

If you are truly going towards a more modern look for your reception area, it is important to keep your desk design simple, sleek, and clean.  Choose a reception desk with a minimalistic design, and with strong basic design principles.  If you are going for a bolder look, consider a reception desk with an eye catching splash of color.

 

              Valde Beeline Reception Desk, edeskco.com

  

Consider the Desk User

Finally, it is also very important to consider the needs of your employees that will be utilizing the receptionist desk.  The proper amount of workspace, storage, and comfort of the desk are important, so your employee is able to get the job done.  Make sure that the reception desk is the correct size for the amount of users, and add enough cabinets and pedestals so that there is enough room for office supplies, including your employee's personal belongings.

Posted By Sara Irizarry

Executive Desk Company Goes to Hollywood

Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:07:22 PM America/Los_Angeles

                   *The Nino D Modern Desk, available exclusively from Executive Desk Company

 

If you are an avid television viewer, or are a fan of the Marvel Series, then you have probably heard of the show on Netflix, Luke Cage.  This show follows an ordinary man that gains super strength and durability by a sabotaged experiment.  Wrongly accused, he escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.

Executive Desk Company was recently informed that one of our desks, featured on the show, was our very own Nino D Modern Desk!  Below is a link featuring the items shown in this very popular show.  Here at Executive Desk Company, we are very proud to have our furniture showcased on such a highly acclaimed television series.

 

http://www.filmandfurniture.com/2016/11/luke-cage-film-set-furniture-lighting/

 

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Posted By Sara Irizarry

Product of the Month: Qie B Modern Executive Desk

Thursday, February 2, 2017 11:24:04 AM America/Los_Angeles

The Qie B Modern Executive Desk is one of our most impressive multi-functional L-Shaped desks. Not only does it make a statement with its unique design and smooth curved edges, it also has many practical features that make it outshine most modern desks.

The main desk itself provides plenty of workspace, storage, and power capabilities. The integrated leather pad features a brushed stainless steel lid that lifts up to reveal a hidden compartment. This compartment provides a space to store writing utensils, smart phones, and comes with a built-in multi-functional cable box. The cable box has 2 power plugs, 1 network, 1 phone, and 1 VGA plug, providing quick access to your power and data needs, without cluttering your desktop workspace.

The Qie B Modern Executive Desk can be ordered with the return section on the left or right side, as you are sitting at the desk. The return desk top sits about 4 1/3" lower than the main desk, which allows ample space to place such things as a printer or phone, or other desktop accessories, close at hand, but not in the way of your work.

 

The return section also features an impressive storage system that really sets this desk apart from others. The drawer closest to the main desk slides out and provides a perfect place to store a personal safe. The next section is open and can be used to store a computer tower out of sight from others, but within reach for the user. The next section features a small storage drawer and a file drawer below. The last section is a cabinet for storage, which can be utilized best to suit your needs. If you enjoy having a mini fridge close at hand, this is the perfect spot.

 

For additional information, please visit our website: https://www.edeskco.com/executive-desk/qie-b-executive-desk.cfm

Posted By Emily Hupp

Office Beach Getaway

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:24:49 PM America/Los_Angeles

It's official, summertime is almost over.  Many people might be enjoying a last minute beach vacation.  Others might be daydreaming about their vacations past. If you find yourself daydreaming about the beach, there may be some options for you.  Below are some ideas people have implemented to make it feel more like a vacation in their very own office, just by adding some creative features to their modern executive desk.

 

 

 Your Own Private Beach

 

*Photo courtesy of Lifehacker.com

How would you feel having a giant patch of sand beneath your designer office desk, being able to dip your toes in the sand?  According to the website, Lifehacker, Justin Kemp was inspired to create this personalized office environment from the band, The Beach Boys.  Justin explains the concept of his desk set-up:

 "The sand is relaxing, but for me, it's more a symbol of my permanent vacation.  It's the design of a lifestyle where 'work' becomes so satisfying that vacation and retirement become undesirable."

 

 Play in the Sand

 

*Photo courtesy of Officeplayground.com

If you don't want the hassle of changing your entire desk set-up, or want to avoid the inevitable mess of sand all over your floor, how about a mini version of the beach right on top of your modern executive desk?  According to the website, Beach Break comes with everything you need for a pretend miniature day at the beach. Relax and imagine you are sitting on the white beach chair under the blue umbrella as you rake the ultra fine sand, collect seashells, and fill the miniature sand pail. 

 

 Make a Splash

 

*Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

Typically you should avoid mixing water and electronics, so how about a beach inspired tabletop mat for your desk instead?  This vacation inspired mat might just be the perfect addition to your designer office desk.

 

A Picture Perfect Window

*Picture courtesy of Amazon.com

Here in San Diego, we are known for our surfing culture.  And nothing says summer like a surf beach scene. This wall decal can be easily cleaned, as well as removed and repositioned.  Available from Amazon.com.


Posted By Sara Irizarry

Determining your Conference Table Seating Capacity

Friday, March 4, 2016 10:44:45 AM America/Los_Angeles

     

Yi Conference Table, Edeskco.com

 

 

When selecting a conference room table, one of the first things you need to determine is the size and seating capacity that is required.  In order to do this, there are many factors that need to be determined.

Most conference room chairs will be 24"-30" in width.  Typically a width of 30" per person is recommended as a minimum.  This is most commonly used when the size of the room limits the size of the conference room table that can be used.  If you have extra room to spare, 36" is very comfortable, and is an appropriate size for boardroom use.

For situations that require more space (if each employee is using their own laptop computer, for example) a larger space of 42" may be preferable.

 

Shape and Seating Capacity

The shape of your conference table also determines the amount of seating space per person that can be used. 

 

Rectangular, Square, or Boat Shaped:  These tend to be the most commonly used conference table shapes, as they also provide the most space.  To determine the seating capacity of these table shapes, use the following simple formula:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Courtesy of Paul Downs Custom Conference Tables


Racetrack Shape:  This shape consists of a rectangular center with half circle ends.  Because of this, you will not be able to fit quite as many people.  For this shape, the following formula can be used:

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Courtesy of Paul Downs Custom Conference Tables

 

Round Shape:  This shape is also popular, but can be somewhat inefficient when one is concerned about space.  It is also important to make sure to not crowd the user's leg space.  When determining the seating capacity, this shape tends to have the easiest formula:

 

 

  *Courtesy of Paul Downs Custom Conference Tables

 

Keystone Shape:  This shape is used primarily for video conferencing, and therefore the wide end part of the table is not typically used for seating.  Because of this, it has one less person for the seating capacity.  The formula can be used below:

 

 

   *Courtesy of Paul Downs Custom Conference Tables

 

U-Shaped, V-Shaped, and Other Unique Shapes:  Because these shapes can be very unique and often depend on how the manufacturer constructs them, it is best to use the manufacturer's guidelines to determine the seating capacity.

 

 

*If you still questions regarding the potential seating capacity for a conference table, our friendly staff at Executive Desk Company will be happy to help.  You are able to contact us anytime between the hours of 8am - 5pm PST, Monday - Friday.

 

Posted By Sara Irizarry

The Basics of Workplace Email Etiquette

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 11:45:27 AM America/Los_Angeles


Courtesy of http://jesperdeleuran.dk/

In today's workplace, we have to deal with a high volume of email on a daily basis.  In fact, the average worker receives almost 130 emails a day.  In order to be able to handle these incoming messages to your increasingly full inbox; here are some basic guidelines to help you sort through and respond to those many emails:

 

Proofread every message

Nothing can be more embarrassing as having a very obvious spelling mistake in your email.  Always make sure to proofread and double check your emails before sending.  According to an article in Business Insider, one worker noticed one of their bosses spelling errors:   "One supervisor intended to write 'Sorry for the inconvenience.' But he relied on his spell-check and ended up writing 'Sorry for the incontinence.'" 

 

Be direct; include a clear subject line

Many people need to scan through their emails quickly, and having a clear and direct title in your subject line will help one understand the purpose of your email.  Subject lines like, "Meeting Time Changed" or "Question regarding your meeting", are very effective.  People often decide to open emails based on the subject line.

 

Add the email address LAST

This is a good tip that I had not considered previously.  In order to prevent mistakes and to prevent sending the email before it's ready, include the email of the recipient ONLY when you are ready to finalize and send the email. 

 

Avoid colored or eccentric fonts

Using an eccentric or a colored font may be fun, however it may look unprofessional to those you are emailing.  It is best to stick to a traditional font such as Arial or Calibri in black so it is easy to read and decipher. 

 

Do not use slang or abbreviations

Using a short cut, such as a "u" instead of spelling out "you" or "2" instead of "too" can be a nice and easy way to abbreviate your words, but it's best to keep this between your family and friends than your co-workers.  Using short cuts such as this can seem unprofessional and even rude to those receiving your email. 

 

Limit your exclamation points

Try to limit yourself to ONE exclamation point to express excitement!  If you use too many exclamation points, you may appear immature or a bit too passionate!  As you can see by my example above, it may come across as odd or overzealous.

 

Double check your recipient

Always make sure to check the recipient of your email.  Often times your email program may auto fill an address, and it may not always be the correct one.  If an email does not go to the correct person, it can be an embarrassing situation for yourself, and to the person who receives the email.  Especially if the email is a private matter.

 

Make sure to follow these basic tips to ensure your emails are always composed in a professional manner, and embarrassing situations are avoided.

 

 

Posted By Sara Irizarry

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