The studios on-going exploration into the changing way we work was informed by the question, why go to work? More pertinent today than ever, we ask what is the relevance of the office? The demands of the workplace have changed. We have seen a shift from optimised productivity environments to a yearning for collaborative, social and agile set-ups. The unforeseen pandemic drew attention to the intangible qualities we have missed so much, being present, engaged and together.The future of work is playful, practical and performative.
Routes responds to trends in working culture that have been emerging over the past decade and which Covid-19’s work-from-home revolution has accelerated.The outcome is a versatile collection of work-tools, providing companies with the furniture that’s easy to specify, assemble and configure. The collection offers adaptable zones where teams can come together to collaborate, share ideas, and work together to solve problems – breaking with convention and introducing a sense of play into the world of work.
The Routes family’s focus on function is tempered with playfulness and irreverence. There’s a distinct sense of lightheartedness to the design of each piece – a strong and charismatic personality rooted in the chunky, bold curves of tubular steel and bold colour palette. Including a signal red accent inspired by tool-culture and signage.
This refined, utilitarian look befits the foundational idea that the Routes collection, comprising desks, tables, task chairs, lounge seating, screens and accessories, should serve as an essential and intuitive toolbox for workspace creation. Each piece fulfills one or more essential functions. Much of the collection takes a nod to tool culture in explicit ways – the Multipurpose Stool, for example, inspired by colourful builders’ buckets that are often used in impromptu seating arrangements before being stacked away in a corner; the handle of the Adjustable Side Table is a conscious reference to the adjustment mechanism of a bicycle seat, and the seat of a tractor was a distinct inspiration for the Three-Legged Stool.
Where possible, the pieces are designed for flatpack distribution and self-assembly, allowing for energy-efficient, direct-to-customer shipping that saves both money and environmental impact. In addition, Teknion has created an accessible online platform that makes specifying Routes products simple, fast and efficient, so companies can easily create agile and adaptable, forward-thinking workspaces, perfect for the post-Covid era and the new age of work.