No, Sweat! - A Dual Station For Work And Fitness

Workspace/Workout Furniture by Darryl Agawin.


With the rapid increase of web-based business, social networking sites and various online services most of us have become familiar with the aches and pains that can creep up after extended hours spent seated at a desk. Or perhaps you have not yet given in to the digital age and are still working with pencil and paper or smashing away on a typewriter (although if so, how did you end up here on this site?). Either way, most of us have experienced the restlessness that comes part and parcel with desk work and know how uncomfortable it can become (in fact, even as I write this I have begun squirming and shifting in my chair). The urge to get up and stretch or be active is natural and while it would be nice to take a couple hours off to head to the gym many of us cant find the time.



Understanding both the discomfort of desk work and a busy schedule, Vancouver designer Darryl Agawin has attempted to find a single solution for both. His idea, to combine your work and your play into one dual-purpose apparatus. In Agawin’s design the workstation and home gym have become one in the same.



With minor alterations to the chair, desk or accompanying equipment rack the user can develop hundreds of workout routines.

The basic forms that shaped No, Sweat! were drawn from the exercise step, the balance board, the weight bar, the skip rope and the kettle bell.



As a way of drawing attention to the furniture Agawin covered certain areas with an abstracted drawing of curl bars and collars to catch the eye of the user and to serve as a constant reminder of the furniture’s dual purpose and exercise capabilities.

The parts and equipment were designed to be used by anyone regardless of age, strength, size or gender so that everyone can find an enjoyable way to be active.



As square footage and personal space continue to become something valued but costly to obtain, the development of multifunctional furniture offers solutions that both compliment the inventiveness of the designer and add to the benefit of the user.

All while saving space.


We applaud the inventiveness, practicality, and of anything dual purpose. This is clever!

Check out Darryl Agawin's website by clicking HERE.

Photography by Mark Stokoe

Researched and writted by Adam Balkwill, student of Interior Design at Toronto's Ryerson University

Posted In: Canada, British Columbia

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