United States   |  2022

MUSE Design Awards Silver Winner

Office Stretcher

Entrant Company

Xinyue Guo

Category

Furniture Design

Client's Name

Sub-Category

Office Furniture

People today are generally facing ever-increasing pressure both mentally and physically, which is especially evident in people who live and work in busy metropolises. The project is designed to help build a better workplace environment in crowded, chaotic, and complex cities by means of tangible interaction design. Office Stretcher is a modular furniture product that enhances the workplace environment by improving productivity, engagement, and mental and physical health. By breaking the boundary between work and rest, this furniture product aims to build an environment that is healthier, more effective, and more inspiring, eventually, benefiting both the individuals and the organizations. Through the purity of its form, structure, and material, Office Stretcher reflects a modern minimalist aesthetic. The “Stretch" in the name indicates the stretching of the body, space, and time. For "body", Office Stretcher's three-dimensional frame structure assists the users to take proper body stretches to maintain physical health. By re-discussing the distinctive states of work and break, it facilitates interactions that help improve employee engagement and organization-based self-esteem, increase career opportunities, and maintain workplace mental health. For "space", by compressing various kinds of office space like breakrooms and seminar rooms into specific compact zones, Office Stretcher increases the space utilization in the office. For "time", Office Stretcher nurtures small group discussions, which are usually more efficient than large meetings. While communications are stimulated by this product, it helps to reduce talks in the main office areas where people need to concentrate. Therefore, involuntary distractions are prevented and productivity is improved. Also, by facilitating more refreshment, open conversation and better collaboration, work efficiency can also be enhanced. Office Stretcher is a modular and self-assembling product. Its components include pre-welded carbon steel tubes, plastic tube connectors, and grooved wood boards which can be assembled with the carbon steel tubes by recessing. With its self-assembling feature, Office Stretcher enables the users to use, transform, and transport it easily and conveniently. With its modularity feature, Office Stretcher adapts to various sizes of workplaces and accommodates different amounts of users.

Credits

Designer
Xinyue Guo
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