The farmhouse workstation was developed by Software Advice‘s Don Fornes, in collaboration with Wendy Dunnam Tita at Dunnam Tita Architecture + Interiors. The principle design tenant was openness, the aim was to furnish collaboration and coworking. As with all open workspaces, it was important not to stifle collaboration, but at the same time balance this against the need for quiet work areas that allow private contemplation.
The farmhouse table was created to be a multi-purpose workstation, with its inspiration coming from large French farmhouse tables. Employees would have enough room to have their own designated workspace, but at the time time there would be no hinderance to inter-employee interaction.
In a cubicle-oriented workspace, employees are often cramped in close quarters, with their personal space dictated by wall partitions. In this open workspace, personal space is designated by just that: ample room for each person. Through the size of these workstations, we allowed for both personal space and collaboration at the same time.
In keeping with the spirit of openness and collaboration, Software Advice decided to open-source the plans for these tables here under a Creative Commons license, so that you can take the plans to your local craftsman and have them built too.
Feiz Design Studio designed the Alpha desk programme for the Dutch furniture company Kembo. The design was a direct response to the changing ethos of the office, allowing for greater flexibility and more freedom. Great office furniture adapts to the requirements of the working environment in which employees find themselves, and this fully height adjustable table system does just that. Not only does this desk look amazing, research has show that by changing one’s posture throughout the day, significant health and well-being benefits can be gleaned.
as work tools become smaller, smarter and more flexible, so too should the furniture. modern offices are rapidly evolving as technology, working patterns, space allocation, and mobility create new attitudes towards the ways in which work is achieved.
WorkNest is a flexible desk system which allows its users to configure and modify the working environment which they inhabit. Although this workspace concept is still only in the conceptual phases, we absolutely love the design and variability of it! According to the designer Wiktoria Lenart, the project was aimed at creating the perfect modular office for creatives; allowing its users to create a workspace that felt designed and modified specifically for the user’s needs.
The set lets you add things like planters, walls on the edges to create more privacy, wheels, and can be combined with other desks to create a large collaborative workspace. Each of the pods and walls included let you organized books, headphones, magazines, and the like.
As open space offices have started to become the norm in the modern working environment, office furnishings have had to adapt and improve to fit within this type of office concept. Activity Spaces is a new product line from Knoll, partnered with Antenna Design, that aims to allow companies to customise their working environment in a flexible and stylish manner.
In addition to Knoll’s already iconic line of office staples, they’ve added some additional products to the repertoire that work in conjunction with the old favorites. There are stacking chairs, marker boards, a desk/chair combo, and tech powered pieces that will keep your devices charged and connected.
The typical office desk is usually characterised as a simple and formal piece of office furniture. Kuubo takes an innovative approach to the humble office desk, it was created by the Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa for the Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra. The desk aims to be stylish and functional by providing elegantly hidden extra storage space, something many offices are in dire need of.
Fukasawa has designed a versatile work surface that gives users different options that go against this trend by reducing everything to the bare essentials. It can be considered a team centre, functioning as a temporary workstation, conference and meeting table, a manager’s desk with space for clients etc..
Made of wood and natural bristles, ‘Pratonzolo’ is a stylish desk organiser that adds a touch of nature into your office. The soft bristles which appear as artificial grass do the function of holding small objects such as pencils, pens and business cards. It was designed by Italian product designer Max Battaglia of ‘Givingshape’ design studio in collaboration with Matteo Mocchi of ‘BBMds’ design studio for ‘Stylemylife’, a young Italian start up company.
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Finding beautiful furniture to put in your office can often be difficult, so this is why here at eOffice we like to feature beautiful office friendly furniture from time to time. This collection is by Jory Bringham, bringing together both style and quality to make some stunningly elegant pieces that would fit perfectly in the communal or reception area of any office. The pictures below feature the “Comfortable Silence” bench which was inspired by nonverbal communication. It features solid teak intermixed with charcoal concrete. Within the concrete container you can place whatever you like, although the piece quite clearly looks amazing with a plant of some sort within it!
The Paperweight Desk is the perfect environmentally sustainable office furniture, it is clear and simple, focusing on functionality and sleek design. This environmentally sustainable office furniture is extremely light, yet surprisingly strong given that is is composed of 74% recycled paper and 26% virgin fibers created from fully managed and fast growing sustainable sources. This environmentally friendly item is designed by London’s Cardboard Future.
The Shop at Bluebird, a very prominent contemporary lifestyle store in Chelsea, is now the first retail space for Lee Broom - one of the UK’s most exciting young designers.
His “shop within a shop” showcases a variety of his furniture designs, which he is extremely well known for in the industry. Broom trained with Vivienne Westwood before graduating from Central St Martins, and has notable designs such as the One Light Only Collection, which was launched at last year’s London Design Festival, and his iconic neon chairs.
Apart from reaffirming him as one of Britain’s rising young designers , we will let his work do the rest of the talking!
Bangkok University has recently developed a new complex of four story buildings, designed by 49 Group – a Bangkok based design studio. But the University’s Creative Centre, which occupies two floors of the complex, was designed by Supermachine Studios. Supermachine are also a well known Bangkok based design studio, who’s motto is “small office but big projects”. The centre, which measures at about 600m2, includes exhibition space, library, workshops and offices. It was formed as part of the Government’s aim to transform the Thai economy – going from an overwhelmingly industrial and agricultural one to a more creative and tertiary based one. Thus, with this aim in mind the facility was designed to be bright and welcoming in the hope that it would encourage creativity and dialogue amongst the next generation of Thai students.