Office Gear: Keeping it Together

Hybrid; resimercial; fluctuating schedules; condensed square footage: office design is constantly adjusting to new working realities, and the products that fill it are evolving too, including unique materials that are new to commercial design.

Dau | Stylex

This colourful collection of tables, upholstered sofas, benches, poufs, and lounge chairs by Clara del Portillo and Alex Selma of Valencia-based Yonoh Studio are designed around the hexagon motif to encourage non-traditional seating layouts that suit any given situation, made easier by cleverly concealed self-locking casters hidden beneath the geometric frame.

Innate | Allseating

Todd Yetman of Toronto-based Yetman & Co. checked all the comfort boxes for this task chair: plush upholstery; an absence of hard surfaces; flexible webbing straps which move and contract to mimic the natural curvature of the spine; multiple positional modifications hidden in its fully-integrated core; and a headrest with 60 degree pivot and five height positions within a 2.5-inch range, among other features.

Essa | Teknion

PearsonLloyd took cues from the classic club chair when designing this light task chair with a pared-down scale. Offered fully upholstered with Luum Textiles or upholstered with plastic back options, and with or without armrests, in both fixed or height adjustable formats, and a five-star base with casters for stability and ease of movement.

Buddyhub | Pedrali

Launched at Orgatec 2022, this latest addition to the Buddy family of upholstered workplace seating designed by Busetti Garuti Redaelli is a modular workstation featuring a perimeter sound-absorbing panel that embraces a solid laminate top, creating a sort of enclosed niche that ensures acoustic and visual privacy. Accessories powder-coated in a variety of colours can be added such as steel coat hangers or magazine holders.

Passport Work Table | Herman Miller

This height-adjustable table fits anywhere, be it home, corporate or educational environments, “fit” being the key: available in two intentionally compact sizes, with enough surface space for a laptop or notebook, the most notable feature is its untethered height-adjustable design that doesn’t require a plug or access to power which, given its single-column base and lightweight construction, makes it easy to move. Optional bag hooks or privacy screens are available without increasing the footprint.

Connectivity Collection | Tarkett

Continuing a decades-long partnership between the flooring company and designer Jhane Barnes, the Connectivity collection features three designs: Celestial (shown), Celtic Knots and PM Square. Integrating mathematical sequencing, geometry and art into the designs, and utilizing Powerbond RS, an asthma and allergy friendly soft surface floorcovering, makes the series ideal for education environments, including K–12 and higher education settings.

Himitsu San | Bentley

The next generation in the company’s Himitsu Ni collection evokes nubby wools and the organic slubs in raw silks in a palette of 14 colours that explores complex and nuanced soft hues and shadows to create visual depth in what otherwise appears fairly neutral floor coverings.

Flexia | Artemide

Inspired by papiroflexia, the art of papyrus-folding, Flexia is reminiscent of the Japanese art of origami. Designed by Mario Cucinella and made from recycled fibers (the external fabric comes from PET bottles while the internal panel uses waste materials), the suspended fixture combines lighting with sound absorption to create a lived softness through both light and sound.

Harp | Inscape

In contrast to traditional office drapes or curtains, this space divider is designed with bungee cords to construct ‘walls’ without obstructing visibility or creating a permanent barrier. The cords provide contrast between the solid industrial steel frames and the more subtle touches of detail given by the accessories. This is the first product to come out of a new partnership with commercial furniture manufacturer Connection.

Longevity | Staples Canada

IDS23 was the launchpad for Staples Canada to debut its new Longevity height adjustable desk, part of the gry mattr collection, designed by Joe Mimran together with ergoCentric. One of the company’s first Hybrid Certified products, it checks the expected boxes in ergonomic furniture for hybrid work: smooth transition between seated and standing positions; three-position memory and quiet motors.

Blade FR + MR Ceiling Tile | Unika Vaev

Part of the latest Acoustic Product Collection produced in collaboration with Instyle, this prefabricated acoustic modular ceiling tile fits multiple drop-in ceiling grid profiles and combine sound absorption with an elegant wood aesthetic. Available in an ecoustic fire-retardant or moisture-resistant base, the tile is available in 10 finishes, six profiles, and two sizes.

Prisma | Skyfold

The Montréal-based space separation provider has launched an acoustically advanced vertically retracting glass wall with a rating of 52 STC/Rw that requires no wall or floor tracks. The wall system combines clear panels with a variety of different glass and opaque options, plus frame colours, and is available up to 12 feet in height with unlimited lengths.