2014 saw the launch of an array of new flexible desk systems that cater to changing office environments. Here we round up 5 of the best from industry heavyweights such as Vitra, Arco, Herman Miller, Plank and BuzziSpace.
Available in solid oak, veneer or Corian®, the length, width, height and finish of the Grid Table by Jonathan Prestwich for Arco can be customized to suit any environment or purpose from formal or informal meetings to individual work.
Designed by Konstantin Grcic to accompany his Monza chair, the Monza table system by Plank offers itself for different applications, from a bistro table to a working and conferencing table to a home office desk. Thanks to an intelligent, aluminum die cast junction, the table can be configured with legs in either solid ash or extruded aluminum that's suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The table tops are made of resistant black or white high pressure laminate (HLP), perfect for heavy use areas.
Unveiled at Orgatec 2014, Vitra's Hack is a private desking system designed by Konstantin Grcic for tech companies whose office requirements are constantly changing. The design, which features raw wooden panels with an unfinished aesthetic, is designed to be 'hacked' by its users who can easily adjust the height, link it with other workstations and even fold it away at a moment's notice.
Designed by Belgian furniture designer Alain Gilles in collaboration with the BuzziSpace team, the BuzziPicNic table and bench system is a collaborative desk option for the office space. From the outside the BuzziPicNic has the relaxed appearance of a long wooden lunch table, but inside, electrical strips provide workers with sleek connectivity and wire management.
Designed by Yves Behar and fuseproject for Herman Miller, Public is the first office system to support casual work and provide comfort, at the desk, in circulation space, and in group areas-all within a consistent design vocabulary. Visually uniform and modular surfaces, storage, and seating can be configured into a broad range of settings that encourage fluid transitions between collaborative and focused work.