boss design emphasizes desktop flexibility
like the modern Office continues to evolve, it is not about creating “artificial domestication”, but rather workspaces that emphasize flexibility, modularity and comfort, pleads the British brand boss design.
boss design argues that the office is no longer a routine-based workspace, but a purpose-driven destination space
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Workplace demands and expectations have changed dramatically over the past two years. the office’s mission statement is being drafted and its role and function are being redefined. Mark Barrell, director of design at global furniture maker Boss Design, says the rise of hybrid or mixed working – and 80% of Boss clients have adopted this model – means offices need to become ‘destination spaces’ , or rather a series of different destination spaces.
‘crucially’, barrel says, “The time spent in the shared workplace is now less a matter of routine and prescribed schedules than a goal. and people will need different types of workspaces depending on that goal.”
Boss Design’s new Amelia chair is a decidedly modern wingback, a cleverly designed cocoon offering visual and acoustic privacy
boss’s clients include google, microsoft, british airways and pwc so barrell has a pretty good idea of market needs. ‘people are going to have more choices,’ he says‘choosing where they want to work and controlling the match between the most appropriate place to work and the tasks that need to be done that day.’
The advance of hybrid or mixed work means that offices must become “destination spaces”, or rather a series of different destination spaces
the office is now, Barrell says, primarily a place to connect with company culture, collaborate with teammates, and learn or pass on learning. Upside-down, focused office work will still happen, but rows of work desks and chairs are clearly an outdated model of office organization. ‘the best work environments offer a combination of work, interaction and relaxation,’ he says.
durability, flexibility and reusability are the keys to sustainable design. amelia’s upholstery can be easily replaced when it shows signs of wear, while the leather version will simply improve with age
Reinventing the wing chair
Barrell argues that a key trend right now is a relaxation of office layouts and fixtures, not forced or contrived domestication, but a greater emphasis on comfort and more relaxed settings. The new amelia wing chair by boss exemplifies this trend.
boss designer aaron clarkson wanted to create an iconic silhouette that could stand the test of time but also a chair that had visual and real softness and tactility. with amelia, clarkson elegantly reimagines the traditional rear wing in a unique, gently curved shape and has worked with master upholsterers at boss to ensure multiple fabrics blend perfectly with its simple organic lines. in the office environment, amelia becomes a sort of instant cozy cocoon, providing visual and acoustic privacy. amelia can also be configured with one of four different bases and with standard or plush upholstery.