Back by popular demand, we continue our exploration of the principles of feng shui as applied to office furniture and the office environment. Last time we discussed in further detail how to define your company’s chi and mirror that energy through the substance of your work environment, your office furniture. Now let’s talk about how to strengthen that energy most effectively through the arrangement of the stuff in your office.

The traditional time-tested teachings of feng shui tell us that to reduce stress and encourage effectiveness and prosperity, we should arrange our surroundings according to the bagua, a sort of map that translates the metaphysical energy around us. On the practical side, it also helps us get organized and very logistically oriented for better control over our work and work relationships. To better understand the bagua and start incorporating feng shui techniques into your office, simply draw a tic-tac-toe grid and fill in the following:

Office Space Feng Shui Bagua Arrangement

Hsun – Wealth & Prosperity
CEO, CFO, management
Executive Chair 1
Li – Fame & Reputation
Showcase of work, awards, leaders

Small Oak Table

Kun – Love & Relationships
New Business, Project Management, Sales

Call Center 1

Jen – Family
Kitchen, Meeting Room


Conference Room


Tai Chi – Health & Balance
Atrium, food court, recreation/fitnessOffice Furniture Feng Shui

Dui – Creativity
Creative, picture of founder


chic business

Ken – Skill, Knowledge & Cultivation
Technical, Research & Developmentfunctional

Tan – Career Path
Recruiting, New Business, Human Resources

Herman Miller Ethospace Private Offices

Chien – Helpfulness & Travel

Office Reception

As you can see, feng shui is very particular about where areas with certain functions are designated within the office. By the same token, it also makes it very clear, sensible, and easy for us to benefit from it. The top row has to do mostly with actualization and higher tasks associated with managing the company. The middle row has mostly to do with creation and fulfillment of project work and maintenance of the company’s activities. The bottom row has mostly to do with support, incoming or new ideas and people, and hospitality. One may think of the overall structure as a body, with head at the top, heart and hands in the middle, and legs bolstering the bottom. The columns also make sense in their relationship to each other. Chief Executives will need to show off their work and have a place to meet and greet, so they should not be far from the fame and family sections. The right column deals mostly with the progression, through work of people and project ideas. The middle column deals with the status of the company in the past, present and future. And the left column takes care of the corporate philosophy and drive behind it all.

Part of feng shui’s success and effectiveness is that it works on a micro-level along with the macro- office level we discussed. That is, you can even apply feng shui techniques to style your desk space for productivity, too. See the chart below for an example of keeping a sensible, neat, and stimulating desk area.

Desk Space Feng Shui Bagua Arrangement

Good Luck charm, Bulletin Awards, Inspirational Poster, Best Work Project Folders
Photo of Family, Plant Computer Screen & Keyboard Mouse, Favorite Action Figure, Desk Fountain
Reference Books, Computer Tower Desk Chair Other Helpful Resources & Supplies

While you may not be a believer in the seeming mysticism behind feng shui principles, the pragmatic would be impressed by the results in how feng shui and its structure pans out, or the things in life that may seem to be organized in similar fashion. Applied to the micro-level even more, one may see in the mapping of the human brain that there are similarities to the energies associated with feng shui bagua. The left side is associated with logic and strategy, the right with creativity and emotion, the bottom or brain stem with vital functions, growth, and motor skills — not unlike the skills region, the human resources, the reception / helpful area. Again on the macro-level, one may even associate the international regions of the world in similar vein, with most wealth concentrated in the upper left (America), creative activity in the far right (China and Japan), international stability and concerns dominated by events in the Middle Eastern nations, the traditional cultural values of Mexico and Central America being centered around family, Australia as one of the consistently leading travel destinations, the long history of Europe in the north, and so on. (However, it should be duly noted that the bagua map, or lo shu grid actually corresponds to cardinal directions rotated 180 degrees with south at the top and north at the bottom.)

The best bet? Give it a try and see how feng shui can help increase productivity and organize your office. To get started, contact our CubeKing expert office space planners by calling toll free 1-888-399-7025 or by emailing us at

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