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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

The Evolution of the Desk

Friday, February 5, 2016 9:44:28 AM America/Los_Angeles

Cartoon courtesy of Caveman Love

 

We have come a long way from the origin of the primitive desk.  It has been said that the earliest signs of an example that is close to a desk system, dates back to around 3100BC in Orkney, Scotland.  This site shows the first signs of an organizational system of shelves and preparation areas.

  

Photo courtesy of BT Group

 

We can find other early examples of desks from the medieval period.  Many of these desks were used specifically by scribes (also known as modern day accountants), writers, and letter keepers.

 

This figure of St Jerome, from a 12th century Bible, gives a meticulous picture of the tools of the scribe. Courtesy of Medievil Writing

 

These desks eventually evolved into what is known as the bureau during the 1700s.  These desks began to incorporate drawers into the design.  Eventually this progressed to what is known as the secretary desk, which had items incorporated into it such as a hutch.  As time moved on, desks started to incorporate more items that made them more ornate with storage for inkpots and blotting sand.

 

Pennsylvania Slant Lid Desk, ca. 1770, courtesy of PBS

 

During the 18th and into the 19th century, the pedestal desk was introduced.  This became popular with everyday workers and Presidents alike.  One of the most famous desks that was produced during the 1880s is "The Resolute".  This desk was introduced into the White House as a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes.  Can you imagine working at this executive desk every day?

 

"Resolute Desk", picture courtesy of daniellesuniquestory

  

New production techniques introduced in the 20th centuries allowed for professional office furniture to be mass produced for the first time.  This mass production was triggered by the growth of more and more white collar workers. 

The growth of technology continued to create innovations for desks.  The introduction of the typewriter, telephone, and the computer all required designers to incorporate new ideas into their desk designs.

  

Typewriter Desk from Northwestern Furniture Co, courtesy of Collectors Weekly

  

Today we have many different designs and options for our executive desks.  From contemporary to traditional, to power accessories and standing desks, we have many different options to choose from for our modern day desks.  What is next for the desks of the future?  It is anyone's guess.  New technologies are sure to be created, and the redesigns of desks are likely to follow.

 

Kaysa Desk, Executive Desk Company

Posted By Sara Irizarry

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