No longer just your conventional sit-and-snack spot, the workplace café has come into its own, thanks to Ida Design principal Mitch Bakker. For the Vicinity chair, his addition to the Gather series from Allsteel, Bakker considered all the possibilities: connecting, consorting, concentrating. “It facilitates impromptu encounters, encourages the exchange of ideas, and promotes active collaboration,” he says. Whether the user is lounging, slouching over a laptop, or sitting at attention, the low seat promises ergonomic consistency. The tubular-steel base comes in seven finishes. The plywood shell seat, veneered in oak, beech, or walnut, is available partially or fully upholstered, accepting a range of standard covers or COM.