Barber & Osgerby Promote Sofa Culture With a Modular Landscape for Vitra

Jay Osgerby and Edward Barber.



When technology freed workers from cubicles, it spawned a new breed of spaces: public-private hybrids called upon to do triple duty as meeting rooms, workstations, and pit-stops. Vitra enlisted Barber & Osgerby partners Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby to fuel the phenomenon with Soft Work, which mixes the best elements of residential, contract, and hospitality into a multipurpose modular landscape. Ergonomic seating is the cornerstone of the series, the flexible backrests and generously padded seats supported by tubular steel frames and die-cast aluminum legs. Integrated surfaces with painted, veneer, or melamine tops boost functionality, along with power-data outlets and clever wire-management systems. Designed to enable countless configurations, the kit of parts also includes platforms, ganging mechanisms, and privacy panels.

Soft Work by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby for Vitra.
Soft Work by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby for Vitra.

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