He writes haiku about emails without making you think he's being anachronistic: "In that otherworld/ Where we met when we emailed/ There is no other."—Telegraph, on poet Robert Crawford
Monday, March 31, 2008
From Page Six:
CRAZY RULES BEDEVIL PRADA
March 30, 2008 -- Employees in Prada's New York office must feel like they're in boot camp. A missive was sent to workers at the 51st Street headquarters the other day with a list of rules. An insider told Page Six the instructions came directly from Prada head Miuccia Prada, who is "hard-core" and "runs a tight ship." The e-mail declares: "Desk and work surfaces should be clean and uncluttered. Pictures, calendars, etc. should not be taped to cubicle/office walls. Pets may not be brought to the corporate office or the store. For corporate employees, all coats should be hung in the appropriate coatroom and not kept in offices or hung over cubicle walls. Window shades should be even (either completely up or completely down) throughout one side of the floor. Items may not be placed on the window sills ... In addition, it is important to take a break from your workday and enjoy your lunch. Therefore, absent extenuating circumstances, lunch may not be eaten at your desk." The memo ends with a warning that violators "may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment."
Sunday, March 30, 2008
But there is a young class of workers who are taking the ol' cup of Joe to a new place: their desks. For the Caffeinists, work is all sip and type, sip and type. —Amelie Gillette, "5 Trends I Just Made Up Looking Around the Office" The Onion
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
While more overt signs might include a boss who has a habit of yelling at you in front of your co-workers or making belittling or critical comments about your work during meetings, some behavior is more insidious. Ever get excluded from a group lunch or team meeting?
(Make sure you click on the slideshow.)
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Donald T. Chadwick. (American, born 1936) and William Stumpf. (American, 1936-2006). Aeron Office Chair. 1992. Structure: Glass-reinforced polyester and die-cast aluminum Pellicle: Hytrel polymer, polyester, and Lycra, Dimensions range from a minimum h. of 37 1/4" (94.6 cm) to a max h. of 43" (109.2 cm) x 28 1/2 x 28 1/2" (72.4 x 72.4 cm). Manufactured by Herman Miller, Inc., Zeeland, MI.
Research and development while creating the Aeron chair yielded gems like this study: The Benefits of Pelvic Stabilization.
An eye roll, a glare, a dismissive snort — these are the tactics of the workplace bully. They don’t sound like much, but that’s why they are so insidious. How do you complain to human resources that your boss is picking on you? Who cares that a co-worker won’t return your phone calls? —Tara Pope-Parker, NYT
Friday, March 21, 2008
“I needed time to grow into who I am now. I needed some personal time.” She laughs, realizing how ridiculous that sounds. (She still seems slightly amused by her newfound sincerity, as if it’s a particularly funny hat.) “So, yeah, I took seven years of personal days.” —Christina Ricci, New York
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Frank Lloyd Wright. (American, 1867-1959). Office Armchair. 1904-06. Painted steel and oak, 36 1/2 x 21 x 25" (92.7 x 53.3 x 63.5 cm), seat h. 19" (48.2 cm). Manufactured by The Van Dorn Iron Works Co., Cleveland, OH. Gift of Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. to The Museum of Modern Art. Department of Architecture and Design.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
"On a winter day, its vast atriums shudder with the sound of wind buffeting the sawtooth skylights. The only things moving along the miles of corridors are shadows."— The Office as Architectural Touchstone by David W. Dunlap, in Sunday’s NYT.
The suburban corporate campus is outgrown but often beautiful. The photos in the online slideshow — Glass and Grass — also stray toward the softcore; the scale of the suburban corporate campus (as designed by Eero Saarinen, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Edward Durell Stone, etc.) lends itself easily to a poor-man’s Andreas Gursky type of shot.
And then there is “Docomomo, an international advocacy organization (the acronym stands for the ‘documentation and conservation’ of the ‘modern movement’).”