By Mallory Bulman, Associate Editor
Is your workplace comprised of cubicles, a conference room and a water cooler? For many businesses, this setting isn’t conducive to the social connections that lead to collaboration. Traditional office furniture doesn’t offer the flexibility or team-friendly aspects that many growing companies need. Haworth’s Openest collection, designed by Patricia Urquiola, aims to meet the needs of companies that conduct business in a more collaborative way.
The modular furniture solutions offered by Haworth can be combined or mixed and matched to create a customized office layout. Pieces can be arranged to facilitate individual or group work, while still incorporating necessary elements like work surfaces and power capability.
The Openest collection allows employees to choose how and where they want to work. For nontraditional offices, this solution can offer a comfortable and welcoming setting that still meets all practical needs. Modular seating units can be grouped for a team meeting or brainstorming session, or they can be separated to establish individual workspaces.
Free-standing screens can be moved to create visual privacy without feeling closed off, and lightweight, free-standing tables offer a less formal alternative to a desk or conference table.
“Flexibility, I think, is mixed with the idea of comfort – creating more kinds of comfort zones. People, when they arrive at work, they need to feel well. This idea was the first step to create Openest,” revealed Urquiola. This upgrade of the traditional office landscape is what makes Urquiola’s work unique. The Openest collection proves that working and relaxing don’t have to be mutually exclusive.