Flexible new work models call for office furniture that can easily shift between a range of different scenarios. Enter these four flexible new seating designs, which are perfect for accommodating both collaboration and separation.
True to its name, the Tote lounge chair by Sebastian Herkner can be effortlessly carried wherever it’s needed thanks to its caster (or glide) base and the fine leather handle on its mid-height back. Welt detailing on the upholstery — for which there is a wide variety of options — adds a touch of refinement. davisfurniture.com
Basque-based studio Iratzoki Lizaso modelled Bonds after a Jacob’s Ladder toy, with individual elements joined together by a strap-kit mechanism at their bottom corners; each can be pivoted 180 degrees clockwise and counterclockwise to form a multitude of on-the-fly configurations. Auxiliary and side tables (in different shapes and with optional power) can be inserted between volumes for enhanced functionality. teknion.com
Designed to be an “office nomad” of sorts, the Jackson lounge chair by Luca Nichetto adopts a 1970s sensibility — at once elegant, unassuming and deceptively simple — that can be seamlessly introduced into nearly any setting. Made from moulded foam and fully upholstered, the seat can be specified with right- or left-hand tables in white solid surface, oak or walnut. bernhardtdesign.com
Part of the Haven collection by San Francisco’s Mike & Maaike, Recharge is an upholstered and powder-coated steel bench with a narrow enough footprint to fit in hallways, lobbies and peripheral spaces. Optional integrated tables, trays and lamps (with USB charging) create physical separation between users, and the entire series is offered in multiple fabrics and finishes. watsonfurniture.com
Four seating systems that make a joint effort to serve solo workers as well as they accommodate groups.