Herman Miller researchers found that office workers prefer a reclined-torso posture when the task at hand is directed at a visual target. Trouble is, when your display screen is on a fixed surface, you can’t seem to get the viewing distance right. Lucky for me, and all the other recliners out there, Herman Miller has introduced the Envelop desk, a design collaboration between Jeff Weber and the late Bill Stumpf. Basically, it’s a desk with a top that follows you when you recline. It has a cockpit opening that fits around you and holds up your forearms, sort of enveloping you. Armed with my Envelop desk, and lots of caffeine, I’m now able to really lean into my work.
Well, not exactly lie down, more like lean back. Turns out, I’m not alone.
By Randall Braaksma