The modern open plan office needs to cater to a multitude of different functions and working styles all in one space. Over the past year a number of impressive new modular office systems have risen to the challenge, allowing designers to create spaces with maximum flexibility, seamlessly flowing from private meeting areas to social spaces. Here are five of our favorites.
System Office by System 180
System 180's patented universal furniture system is a modular construction kit that includes sideboard modules, shelving, add-on desktops and a multitude of accessories. The components have a minimalist design and are made using brushed stainless steel and MDF panels. The design offers numerous solutions for individuals or teams, desk-based or standing, front or back office.
Vitra Workbays by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
Made of acoustic pressed polyester fleece that's fitted over slim aluminum profiles, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec's Workbays for Vitra accommodate both standing- and sitting-height work surfaces. The bays can stand as single units, in large and small groups, and in configurations designed for formal conferences or casual meetings.
Bivi by Turnstone
Bivi is a complete and affordable modular office furniture system from Steelcase Inc.'s sub brand, Turnstone. The range is constantly expanding and includes everything from storage (including the Bivi Trunk), lighting, seating and casegoods to planters, bike racks, and power points.
Stem storage by Herman Miller Europe
Developed in the UK by Herman Miller's International Research and Development team, Stem has been designed to respond to the needs of the modern worker. The Stem storage solution is described as 'the product from which everything grows'. Acting as storage, desking and space dividers, the steel units can be connected, configured and reconfigured to cater to every need.
Swish by Michael Shields for JSI
A modular system by JSI that caters to a broad range of work styles and needs. Swish's features include everything from touchdown stations and stand up work surfaces to benching components and private office plans.