Long before Jack Nicholson’s character got carried away with the idea of a balanced work life in The Shining, the prolific Irish novelist Maria Edgeworth had concluded that “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but all play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.”
The days are growing noticeably shorter, meaning the inevitable winter work doldrums are right around the corner. There’s no better time to incorporate a little cheerful fun in to your work day, so we’ve rounded up some of the most clever furniture designs to cure seasonal office melancholia. From a swing set that doubles as a conference table to a lush green rug mimicking the pastoral picnic environs of hot summer nights gone by, click through to check out nine designs guaranteed to add a little whoopee to your work day.
Swing-Set Conference Table by Chris Duffy for Duffy London
Image credit: Duffy London via Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Set meetings in motion with this grown-up swing set that does double duty as a conference table. Are you wondering how hard you can actually swing? Duffy London’s website explains that “the frame may support robust swinging, but don’t get too carried away — you’ll just crash into the table.” Right, of course.