Designed during the COVID pandemic with an eye to accommodating evolving workplace styles, enKAK by Iris Chitose for nendo finds a comforting middle ground between the circle and the square.
The name connotes as much. "en," Japanese for circle, and KAK, meaning angle, come together in a best of both worlds approach that melds function and emotion, the pragmatic aspect of straight lines with the pacifying and pleasant qualities of curves.
The desks are actually all-purpose surfaces. Matching heights and widths enable easy pairing and joining. Options like flap-up tables facilitate impromptu meetings and can also serve to hide cables.
Side tables and benches are shaped in combinations of semicircles and squares, accentuating the pleasing synchrony while also creating intuitive spaces to incorporate planters and light fixtures.
The enKAK collection also includes a variety of seating, including stacking chairs, lounge chairs, and desk chairs, in addition to compatible accessories like coat racks, umbrella stands, sound absorbing panels, and trash bins—"all designed to strike a balance between propriety and relaxation, between an energizing atmosphere and a comfortable one."