Geoffrey Pascal’s Unexpected Office collection: A brightly-colored set of unique office furniture that creatively meshes the bed and desk together, which makes working in bed more feasible.
Named Grafeoiphobia, Pascal’s collection takes its name from the fear of desks. “Each piece is designed to be as close as possible to the ‘Neutral Body Posture’ developed by NASA as the ideal resting position,” the Design Academy Eindhoven graduate said of his furniture. “They are inspired by how people can become more productive and creative when working from the comfort of their bed.” Created to lessen the stress placed on arms, lower back, and shoulders, Grafeoiphobia consists of three pieces made from foam and covered in upholstered fabric.
First up is the Basic Besk that—in addition to being a charming portmanteau of the words bed and desk—is a chair comprised of a three-part back rest, seat, and footrest storage compartment. Pascal got the design idea from the popular position of sitting in bed with a laptop, and he recommends using the desk for such activities for no longer than three hours.
Next is the Triclinium Gum, which is suitable for lying on your side and tasks that take between five and 30 minutes. It also comes with an extra cushion to place between the legs for maximum comfort.
The Flying Man is the final set that allows you to work comfortably while lying flat on your stomach. Its three pieces support the torso, lower legs, and a laptop, with the final component also serving as a stool. Pascal says the Flying Man is practical for performing tasks that require up to an hour to complete.
Overall, Pascal tells Dezeen that his inventive spin on office furniture is beneficial for keeping workers engaged in their work:
“When I am working behind a desk sitting on chair, I always have the feeling of being forced to work, that I have to get it done. I decided to experiment on myself and to work in bed every day,” the designer said. “And it is true that when lying down in bed your relation with work changes, you have more comfort, the aspect of time changes too, you become less stressed and more focused.”