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Brief Published: 12 Aug 2013

Workspace Workout


Busy work schedules mean many find it difficult to take time out for daily exercise. But two designers are integrating exercise into the workspace by combining playful activity into furniture products: suiting the user’s time, space and needs. 

No, Sweat! by Canadian product designer Darryl Agawin is a three-piece workspace that also transforms into exercise equipment. The basic structures are shaped around popular exercises; the configuration includes a step, balance board, weight bar, skipping rope and kettle bell. Designed for any age, the eye-catching 1980s Memphis aesthetic encourages a fun attitude towards exercising any time of the day.

Meanwhile, Shay Workout Furniture by Dutch designer Nina Havermans invites intuitive and integrated activity into daily routine. Used both upright and tipped over, the roller is a playful way to train core stability via balancing. It’s simple yet versatile shape means it can be used as a stool at home, or for training in the gym. 

For more on designers injecting fun and play into everyday products, look to our Obscure Industry Trend.