Working from home is an ongoing reality for many of us with no real end in sight.
Home office furniture may not have been at the top of our priorities list at the beginning of 2020, but it has quickly become a necessity.
Of course, not all home office furniture is created equal.
It’s very easy to buy products made offshore that are a quick fix and will not serve you well in the long term. No one enjoys the guilt of putting fast furniture out of the curb during council cleanup.
Since COVID-19 hit our shores, Koskela has thought extensively about working from home furniture and how it can function best in our homes now, and beyond the pandemic.
Our solution is a simple folding desk. It’s not rocket science, but it is a novel solution for working from home. Why? Because you can fold it up and store it away. Stop work overtaking your home and life – reclaim the weekend!
Flexible WFH furniture
When COVID-19 hit our shores and most of us shifted to working remotely, Koskela’s industrial designers began developing a working from home desk.
“I wanted a simple desk to facilitate working from home. The idea, especially in these changing and uncertain times, was to make it as flexible as possible and easy to fold up flat to store away when not in use. Key was to make the use of folding legs super simple and durable. The desk ships flat packed but doesn't require any fussy assembly, it's ready to go straight away.”
—Todd Sidery, Koskela Industrial Designer
We have named Koskela’s new folding desk Jacinda, after New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern. She is a major advocate for work/life balance. In 2018, Adern became the world’s second elected head of government to give birth while in office. For balancing NZ’s top job with a baby, we salute you Jacinda!
The Jacinda folding desk is perfect for anyone without a dedicated home office. Its compact size (1200mmL x 600mmW x 720mmH) and minimal look will fit seamlessly in any room – bedrooms, kids’ or teen rooms, or living areas. Once you clock off for the weekend or when friends come over, fold up the legs and store it away – under the bed or sofa, in a cupboard, or in the garage.
A versatile WFH desk deserves an equally versatile WFH chair. We have bundled the Jacinda folding desk with the Jake upholstered chair for a quality home office furniture package. Buy both and save $220!
The Jake upholstered chair is a Koskela favourite, inspired by old-school cafeteria chairs. We picked it for the bundle because it’s a classic staple – a chair that will add playful style to most looks – which is also comfortable enough to sit on for an 8-hour day.
Reclaim your home for living!
Balancing work and life are very important for our personal wellbeing. It used to be that our smart phones, which deliver a steady stream of work emails, made it increasingly challenging to maintain boundaries. But now, with work taking place at home, there is literally no separation. The consequences can range from diminished quality time spent with loved ones, to a lack of focus, to a risk of burn out.
The Black Dog institute of Australia has written a useful checklist to support your mental health while working from home. Some of their suggestions include setting a routine for your workday, creating a specific place in your home where you can work, and trying a digital detox in the evenings. The Jacinda folding desk, which you can setup to create an instant home office and then fold up and store, will help with creating work and home boundaries. Adjusting to the pandemic has been tough – this is a desk that can bring some much-needed structure to our strange new WFH lifestyles.
Sustainable home office furniture
It seems wistful to think about, but the restrictions in place to contain the outbreak of COVID-19 will not last forever. It’s not known when, but eventually, most of us will be able to return to the office.
The versatility of the Jacinda desk, which you can fold-up and store, makes it a smart purchase for this post-pandemic period. Rather than having a desk that you rarely use take up valuable space in your home, have one stored away to use on an ad-hoc basis.
Both the Jacinda desk and Jake chair are backed by a 7-year warranty. They are quality home office furniture pieces that you can utilise right now and long into the future.
Sure, you might need home office furniture in a hurry, but it's still possible to make a sustainable choice. Sadly, the fallout of COVID-19 will be small fry compared to the impacts of the global temperature rising beyond 1.5°C. We all need to do our bit to make the best use of resources and reduce our consumption.
Australian made furniture
While Jacinda’s name is Kiwi-inspired, this is a proudly Australian-made desk.
For 20 years Koskela has been manufacturing in Australia. By supporting us, not only do you support our team of 30, but you are also supporting our 44 manufacturing partners.
By banding together and supporting Australian businesses and jobs our economy will recover much faster from this once-in-a-lifetime setback.
Shop with Koskela and you are shopping in good conscience!