All Apple Park employees get their own standing desks

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Apple Park in all its circular glory.
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Every employee at Apple Park works from a standing desk, according to Tim Cook. The reason? Because, as Apple’s CEO previously noted, “sitting is the new cancer.”

Cook shared the factoid during a recently interview with the Carlyle Group’s David Rubenstein, published this week.

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There’s no time for sitting in today’s busy world.
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“We have given all of our employees, 100%, standing desks,” Cook said.

Somewhat confusingly, this comes only a few months after a Fast Company article noted how Jony Ive insisted that Apple stock its new headquarters with $1,185 Pacific Chairs made by Barber Osgerby.

Hopefully this doesn’t mean that someone at Apple got their wires crossed.

Embedding values into Apple Park

The fact that Apple Park would opt for standing desks isn’t all that surprising.

As I wrote way back when Apple Park was still little more than a flat building site, the headquarters was destined to become the biggest Apple product in history. The massive, spaceship-shaped building boasts many of the same design flourishes and nudges found in Apple’s products.

Given that the Apple Watch makes a point of prompting users to stand up at regular intervals, it makes sense that Apple would want to find some way to incorporate that same concept into its headquarters.

It’s not the only example of Apple embedding the company’s core values into its new HQ, either.

Previously, Apple exec Phil Schiller noted that “everything about [the Apple Park campus] is designed for [collaboration]. From the fact that, on the ring, the internal and external surface of the ring are the hallways, and they completely traverse the space. So you can walk through the entire space, both on the inside and outside perimeter and go from section to section.”

Source: Business Insider