Why does an office look the way it does? Well, we haven’t analyzed it deeply, but we have a theory that it comes from the days when things were all paper-based. Suddenly man had climbed into the office from the field and needed a flat surface on which he could put his paper and his jar of ink. Papers turned into more papers; letters, copies, printed papers, and the ink was replaced by a sturdy type writer. If you were more in the creative business it was completely logical to sit by your desk and sketch. This is not the case today. Sure, we at Commind do some sketching now and then, and sure we come in contact with papers, but our daily work is mainly done on computers.
It all started by coincidence, when Max was sitting alone in the office and found himself more often with his laptop in the couch than in his office chair. Being a man with a history of back-problems he soon noticed that he felt good. The couch made him shift his posture several times every hour and was a lot more confortable than the chair. When Oskar joined he sank down into one of the armchairs and hasn’t moved since. As Commind grew the couches and armchairs filled up. The couch concept not only provides comfortable seating, but also creates a completely fluent environment where small things are discussed immediately and you will always find someone to help you with your problems. Micro-meetings are taking place constantly, and we admit: this does require a certain amount of focus from the ones not included in that particular meeting, who needs to turn off their ears. However this has so far never been a problem, we all have experiences from great office landscapes and the negative effects of the micro-meetings are by far exceeded by the positive; You can have half an ear on the conversation and it’s easy to keep up with what’s going on in different projects.
In September we will be moving to a new office and recently got the question if we were to bring the couches. The answer is naturally yes! We have no back problems, the environment around the couches is creative and dynamic and even the physiotherapists behind the book “Fit while you sit” think we are on to something good!
Keep your eyes open for our “Couch manifesto” – soon in an office near you!