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It Hûske by Jurjen van Hulzen

Dutch designer Jurjen van Hulzen has designed a collection of office furniture for people to hide inside when they want to avoid working.

Called It Hûske (small house), the mobile units are intended to provide a place to rest without guilt during the working day.

Above: Rocking House

The range consists of three designs - Rocking House, the Phone Booth (above) and the Mobile House (below).

Here's some more text from van Hulzen:


Jurjen van Hulzen WURK "It Hûske"

In the office people aren't working an hour per day during working hours.

Facebook, Twitter and dating websites are being visited most during working hours, also the average employee is staring out of the window one day per month.

I called this phenomenon `non-work'. The western society pretends to have transparent office politics, but nevertheless there clearly is a taboo on non-work.

There is a place on every office already where people can non-work legally: the toilet. I have obtained this space from its existing context and redesigned it as an micro-architectonic object in the form of `it Hûske' (toilet / small house in the Frysk).

The `non-work' has been legalised and facilitated in it Hûske: the mobile hiding place in which people can take a rest. It Hûske doesn't have one clear function but welcomes everyone for a little moment of non-work.

In the insipid and serious office the Hûskes are a welcome spot, with their filial and playful approach: more pleasure on the working floor, less stress. The consequence: a more productive office.

This picture shows the complete 'Hûske family': the Rocking House, the Phone Booth and the Mobile House.