Systematic Change –
Design for flexible working environments

Ligne Roset reissued the extendable Slice armchair by French artist and designer Pierre Charpin. ©Ligne Roset
Ligne Roset reissued the extendable Slice armchair by French artist and designer Pierre Charpin. ©Ligne Roset

Today, work is mobile and flexible, the consequence being that requirements on the working environment are constantly changing. Clever furnishing solutions are therefore able to adapt: shelves, desks and whole furniture systems can be easily modified.

Offices are multi-functional places: they serve undisturbed individual work and overarching teamwork, confidential meetings and relaxed chats. Mobile forms of working and a flexible organisation increasingly determine everyday work routines. Those who want to change or optimally use the existing space therefore rely on adaptability. Floor plans and spatial distribution more and more often adapt to changed requirements. The same is true for furnishing: today, furniture can be individually designed, allows varied combinations or extension.

„Intuity“ by Haworth is a system to accomodate changing workstyles within a workplace. ©Haworth
„Intuity“ by Haworth is a system to accomodate changing workstyles within a workplace. ©Haworth

Current projects provide intelligent solutions for the demanded flexibility. Convertible and varyingly usable furniture now offers new possibilities for the equipment of buildings. Cabinets and shelves are designed to allow adaptation and can be modified in a few steps. Armchairs and sofas are combined for sitting, lying and relaxing. Surfaces and colours are variably applicable and turn a single design into many design options. Chairs, tables and desks can be folded and easily stowed away.

True quick-change artists of the furnishing segment are modular pieces of furniture or furniture systems. Well-coordinated elements allow numerous combinations of these products to correspond to changing requirements. Individual pieces of furniture or collections are thereby conceived so that their components can be flexibly assembled. Changes and extensions of the whole unit are possible at any time.

With three basic elements the seating furniture concept TRIO by COR can adapt to the user’s preferences. ©COR
With three basic elements the seating furniture concept TRIO by COR can adapt to the user’s preferences. ©COR

With multifunctional furniture, both the shape and the use can vary. A wall rack, for example, can be turned into a room divider or a sideboard in a few easy steps – the changeability of the design makes it possible. The user himself determines the function and perception of the piece of furniture.

Unit furniture also expands the furnishing options. Depending on the requirements, their shape and size can be modified. As with other flexible furniture, the change is systematic and provides new, varied impulses for the design of the working environment.

Changeable: the “sol” solitaire by Team 7 is available as freestanding or suspended unit or as model with two respectively four legs. ©Team 7
Changeable: the “sol” solitaire by Team 7 is available as freestanding or suspended unit or as model with two respectively four legs. ©Team 7
System 180 uses a nubby washer as connecting element for modular furniture combinations. ©System180
System 180 uses a nubby washer as connecting element for modular furniture combinations. ©System180

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