Showroom: How We Sit Now

Just launched at NeoCon, Stylex's Share offers an innovative option for modular lounge seating for the office. Image courtesy Stylex.

Just launched at NeoCon, Stylex’s Share offers an innovative option for modular lounge seating for the office. Image courtesy Stylex.

In the last decade or so, we’ve seen a transformation in the way we work. Telecommuting has become increasingly common, and offices themselves are evolving from cubicle farms into something more complex and flexible, as a means of fostering a communal atmosphere. At FORM, we’ve been noting these developments—in particular how architects and designers are responding to their clients’ changing work needs.

At Stylex, they’ve been thinking hard about the changing office and, just this week at Chicago’s NeoCon, introduced Share, a new seating concept that boldly rethinks traditional office furniture. “Our sales team gave us feedback that our clients were looking for a modular lounge area,” explains Bruce Golden, Stylex’s executive vice president/director of design. “We connected with a team that had done extensive research into open plan offices and the dynamics of these spaces to create Share.”

As its name suggests, Share is all about building a collaborative, responsive area for work. It comes with a collection of interchangeable parts, including single and double units, corner units and benches. The basic units are available in two heights (18 inches and 16 inches), which can also be intermixed, allowing for dining-type type set-ups along with more informal lounge situations. Semi-acoustical screens afford a degree of privacy. Perhaps most importantly, for maximum productivity, the system can be wired so the trappings of modern technology can always be charged and at the ready.

“You can build a better team if you have your players communicating and in same zone,” says Golden, and the new system responds to this—and represents the future. In fact, Golden doesn’t think this trend toward the flexible office will end anytime soon: “It’s a great time to be making office furniture.”

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