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