01 Dec 2020 • Lauren Grace Morris
Revising a (home or office) workspace? Consider these additions
Pedrali has recently released a group of office furnishings that will help you respond to and be proactive about the changing needs of the workplace.
With COVID-19 came a revolution in how we think about our ideal workspace – the result being, of course, that offices will be designed and used differently than ever before. Pedrali knows that furniture is a crucial part of people’s toolkit in doing so: the Italian manufacturer’s new offer of office furnishings, from tables to seating to panels, addresses the myriad needs of the burgeoning hybrid work model.
Two essential qualities of the future workspace, whether it’s anchored at home or in a shared office or both, will be flexibility and modularity. The crisis has underscored worker safety and privacy, and emphasized hygienic solutions. At the same time, it’s shown us that spaces must foster a greater sense of connection and interactivity. Being able to adapt to the lightning-speed changes of today depends on having multi-functional facilities and versatile arrangements.
That’s where a piece like Buddy Hub, for example, comes in. Designed by Busetti Garuti Redaelli, the seat (which can be selected as an armchair or sofa) incorporates a sound absorbing, wrap-around panel, boosting worker concentration by providing greater visual and acoustic privacy. And should carving a space for individual work not be the end goal, the Buddy Hub can be installed in combination with more units to set up an informal meeting space or break-out area. Robin Rizzini’s Toa Folding Screen design is another feature that can separate and define sound-proof nooks within a workspace, ideal for the home setting as well. The upholstered screens are mobile and are able to be easily stored.
Paired best with the panels is the Toa table, another creation of Rizzini’s that's now available in a wider range of sizes. The minimalist, industrial work table – which includes decentralized cable access – is fit for both office and residential environments. Whether you’re in search of a desk, conference table or a site for multiple temporary workstations, Toa is a suitable match. The Arki-Desk, on the other hand, is specifically targeted for the single user. It comes with the option to pick an elegant or more playful material palette for seamless cohesion with one’s existing workspace.
If you’re the kind of worker that benefits from standing for some tasks and sitting for others, the more flexible iteration of Arki – the Arki-Table Adjustable Desk – is ideal. The workstation’s design, with a top that’s height can be electrically adjusted, champions optimal comfort and ergonomics especially when used in combination with detachable privacy panels.
For those employers who are thinking about how to outfit open-plan offices to meet the contemporary workspace ethos, the free-standing Ypsilon Connect panels by Jorge Pensi (cover image) check off many boxes. Entire rooms can be created using the customizable partitions, and accessories such as whiteboards, shelves and coat hangers can be affixed to them – or, even a TV holder.
And one certainly can’t forget how very important good seating is to the workspace equation. Pensi worked with Pedrali to additionally envision Temps Low Back, a generous, supportive executive chair. A more casual choice lies in Arki-Bench, a modular accompaniment that can work indoors and out – a little sunshine never hurt productivity, after all.