Towards New Workplace Paradigms

Client: Teknion

Sector: Furniture

Commission: 2014

Launch: 2015

This collection of furniture, our first for Teknion, marks the beginning of an ongoing collaboration with the company to research future workplace trends and opportunities. Comprising a love seat, table, hat rack, the collection expresses ideas of well-being, community and collaboration found in the contemporary workplace.

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Bringing together the issues of a healthy and more humane workplace, the collection is intended to challenge conventional thinking about working environments. The products celebrate the craft of Teknion’s manufacturing processes by playing with a mix of production techniques and traditional materials.

The Love Seat is based on an age old typology that creates an intimate space for conversation, and one that enables users to make eye contact and facilitates engagement through physical proximity. It is the smallest meeting space you could invent, and is as natural as pulling up two chairs to talk. The Love Seat only fulfils its function when more than one person is using it.

Conceived as an antidote to high-density systems furniture, the High Table bundles a table, seat and coat rack, creating a simple touchdown space for a single worker. The asymmetrical form eschews the traditional workstation, whilst supporting independent work and a sense of personal space.

Among the simplest objects in the office, the Hat Rack expresses the idea of mobility; people are moving through a space and across the landscape of the workplace and need a place to hang a coat, a hat or a backpack.

Collectively, the pieces propose new functional typologies of furniture that reflect ideas of community and collaboration, which have become hardwired into contemporary workplace design. The collection also includes a set of table top accessories created to complement the furniture and promote the idea of well-being in the office. Materials are intentionally exposed in a raw and expressive form to help balance the growing power of technology. Through the exploration of ideas outside the typical constraints of office furniture, this collection has laid the conceptual foundation for more product development to come.