Common Ground Workshop take cues from the urban realm at Embassy Gardens
Common Ground Workshop have completed a new speculative hospitality development including a restaurant, bar and events space at Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms.
In recent years, office furnishing trends and environments have gone through considerable changes. The line between home and work is becoming increasingly fine and workspaces have taken on new configurations – open plan offices continue to emerge promoting interaction and fluid exchange. Today, however, the Covid-19 health emergency has transformed such needs: office layouts need to be thought out differently, and workstations redesigned.
The office needs to become dynamic and its furniture solutions flexible, functional and sustainable, in order to create tailor made, modular workspaces that can be rearranged according to the needs of the moment. This has given rise to spaces that enable greater interconnection, while also complying with current distancing protocols; spaces that can be reconfigured with ease throughout the day and combined with remote working.
In order to meet these needs, Pedrali has designed a new line of versatile, innovative solutions conceived for the new scenarios and changing trends of tomorrow’s workspaces.
With the advent of a hybrid work model, based on the alternation of on site or remote work, the latter looks set to become exclusively a place for meetings and the mutual exchange of ideas.
The new Buddy Hub, designed by Busetti Garuti Redaelli, is in line with this trend, since it defines collaborative areas that can be more or less in-formal.
The latest addition to the Buddy family – in which a wrap-around, sound absorbing panel envelops the seat in a sort of enclosed niche – maintains the friendly and playful design of the successful collection of poufs first launched in 2017 while increasing their versatility.
Available as an armchair or sofa, the functional and efficient Buddy Hub offers an isolated alcove that encourages concentration and ensures acoustic and visual privacy. It is also possible to place two units opposite each other and to join them by means of a panel to which a table can be attached, thus creating an informal meeting space or break out area.
Ypsilon Connect, designed by Jorge Pensi, is a functional free standing, sound absorbing space divider. Featuring clean lines and easily placeable in a variety of settings, Ypsilon Connect is characterised by acoustic panels that are shaped around a structure formed by two die-cast aluminium bases and extruded aluminium columns.
One of the greatest strengths lies in its extensive customisation possibilities: users can create new layouts and consequently manage their spaces more effectively to create welcoming office spaces or functional training and meeting rooms – even remotely.
Ypsilon Connect is versatile and can change its appearance according to needs by simply adding accessories such as whiteboards, shelves or coat hangers on any of its sides. This multifunctional panel can be also wired to enable the installation of a TV screen holder.
Always by Jorge Pensi is Temps low back, the latest version of Temps executive chair, now characterised by a lower backrest. It is designed to seamlessly fit both in office meeting rooms and residential settings.
Toa table, designed by Robin Rizzini, is now available in a wider range of sizes. A modular table in length and width, Toa is the perfect choice for workspaces, and it can also be used to create different settings. Toa is equally suitable for ‘light’ offices, executive rooms and residential spaces, thanks to its smaller sizes. It can be used as a desk in an elegant office, as a conference table or – in the largest version with three legs – as a boardroom table.
Toa Folding Screen was conceived to meet the mobility and layout requirements of modern workspaces and to respond to current social distancing needs. Toa Folding Screen is a sound absorbing desktop panel designed by Robin Rizzini, that separates and defines spaces – also perfect solution for home working spatial arrangements.
Given that it is extremely lightweight, the screen can be folded with ease and moved from one place to another, creating a defined and sound-proofed workstation. Toa Folding Screen is characterised by an inner metal structure upholstered in fabric with a zip that makes it easy to remove, clean and maintain.
Arki-Table adjustable expands with the new desk version yet further. With its practical, height-adjustable top, this version contributes to the creation of a functional and dynamic office space. Designed as a single workstation, it allows the user to work both standing up and sitting down, for optimal comfort and ergonomics.
The cable access, placed between the top and the panel, allows to anchor the sound absorbing panel upholstered in fabric which divides one desk from another.
Arki-Desk and Arki-Bench enrich the Arki family. Arki-Desk offers a simplified interpretation of the collection’s distinctive features – a table that, thanks to its linear design, is particularly versatile and suitable for flexible and functional modern corporate and home offices. Arki-Bench is a linear, modular bench that represents the ideal solution both for office spaces and for common areas in the contract and hospitality sectors – with a version with steel legs even suitable for outdoor use.
Photography: Andrea Garuti
Art direction: Studio FM Milano
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