The designers at Herman Miller sure don’t mind improving their earlier work. Such is the case with the new adjustable Envelop Desk, which can be heightened or lowered to fit a person’s preferred work mode.
The gist of this upgrade is a user/employee can adjust the desk’s height at the flick of a switch. The extra feature is a modification for the sake of ergonomics. The big E-word (even though we spelled it in small caps) is the holy grail of design, equal parts a functional approach to satisfying consumer utility and an unsolvable mystery—how exactly does one build products that fit the human form?
Okay, so the newfangled Envelop Desk isn’t exactly all curves and smooth contours. What the original had was a padded sliding top for extra comfort while working/typing. This latest variant, as mentioned, can be heightened (see the desk legs) for standing up position (which experts consider healthy) or lowered thru a sliding mechanism so the person sitting in front of it is able to work in a leisurely manner.
Despite its simpleness, by Crom, this isn’t a cheap investment. The original Envelop went for $1200 but this baby is more than double and will set you back $3000.
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