Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Forest in the Making

Just after the holidays, my business unit at work packed up about a hundred tons of bulky, heavy, expensive equipment, various desk trophies and family photographs, and moved down the street to another building, having outgrown old workspace. (Packing story told at the Silicon Valley Moms Blog in Sixty-Four Square Feet of Stuff.)

We all mostly settled now, and a forest is sprouting overhead.

Backstory: FourthBreakfast and I met the clever and crafty ljc for dinner a few months ago, and she mentioned ferrying a whole set of IKEA “leaves” back to New York, where she and her colleagues set them up above their cubicles.

Flash forward to now, when I came upon a Lova at IKEA, meant to be a canopy over a child’s bed, and loved its charm. It makes me think of Miyazaki’s Totoro, the woodland spirit and his leafy umbrella.

I lofted a big leaf over my cube, and shortly thereafter, my neighbor took orders from the rest of the team and brought back a whole set. We find the greenery cheerful and a nice distraction from the serious business at hand.

Thanks for the idea, ljc!


mayberry said...

Gives new meaning to the term "cube farm." I love it!

Anonymous said...

*Love* it. Can't wait to see it in person. I got a kick out of the Lova instructions on the Ikea website:
Attached with touch and close fastening to allow the bed canopy to loosen if the child gets stuck between the wall and the leaf stem.

Fourth B

Bob said...

Cool idea, green too. Adds a lot of atmosphere. Hope they won't come up with too many colors but I'm sure they will come up with different colors.

Anonymous said...

I love the IKEA leaves, and I can think of no better way to cheer up a work space. If I ever become a cubicle dweller again, I am totally putting one up.

Desiree said...

Love it! I hope you have a little totoro under yours. I am sitting here typing with one sitting on my desk. :)

Asianmommy said...

How cute!