Experimental office designs have emerged recently to address the health risks of staying too long in one position while at work. Sitting for extended periods of time has been noted as unhealthy, but standing all day at a chair-less workstation has also been met with some criticism.

The solution could lie in between these two styles, and a collaboration between the design firm RAAAF and multi-media artist Barbara Visser has produced a specially constructed workspace at Looiersgracht 60 in Amsterdam that offers a new approach, as GOOD Magazine recently profiled.

Photos of this revolutionary space show an open room filled with large geometric shapes rather than traditional furniture, which workers can use for support in any way they choose. Whether it’s sitting, lying down, or propping up against one of the surfaces, the employee has a choice of how to position themselves and, perhaps most crucially, can easily change positions throughout the day. An overhead map displays the layout of the different shapes and provides paths for workers to pass through.

In the source, the designers described the options that this setting opens up, which could have positive effects on worker health over time. Employees in this space are free to adjust themselves throughout the day for comfort and flexibility.

“In our society almost the entirety of our surroundings have been designed for sitting, while evidence from medical research suggests that too much sitting has adverse health effects,” they said. “The installation’s various affordances solicit visitors to explore different standing positions in an experimental work landscape.”

With the help of new and used office furniture, companies have the chance to set their own standards and develop sitting or standing workstations. Opening up additional options with new or used quality office furniture will help create a lenient environment for everyday work activity.