This Hamster-Wheel Desk is a Sad Statement on Modern Offices

By Chris Mills on at

Corporate culture today is often said to be about working slavishly, with an above-all focus on profit and productivity. Nothing captures that idea more strikingly than this (fully functional) hamster-wheel desk.

The project, designed and built in 24 hours by Pier 9's artist-in-residence Robb Godshaw, is actually a pretty clever piece of design: the wheel rests on four skateboard wheels built into the base, which lets the wheel rotate as the user walks round and round, churning through those spreadsheets and getting a sweet leg workout at the same time.

As Godshaw says (hopefully sarcastically):

Rise up, sedentary sentients, and unleash that untapped potential within by marching endlessly towards a brilliant future of focused work. Step forward into a world of infinite potential, bounded only by the smooth arcs of a wheel.

If you feel like making your own, the plans are up on Instructables. [Instructables]