Most office workers are familiar with the lack of privacy and mind-numbing sameness of the open plan office cubicle environment. All that could soon end with these colorful office "pods" that vary in design depending on the workstation function.
The six designs range from the "Touch Down" unit, which is triangular and equates to three workstations, to the "Think Tank," which is an enclosed cube for office meetings. Other workstations — identified in our gallery below — are designed for more public, collaborative group discussions and functional operations like printing, copying or storage.
The pods, which are vaguely reminiscent of Tetris cubes, are definitely more colorful and the banquette-style seating does look more comfortable.
The Touch Down workstations would definitely keep outside noise down to a minimum. However, being in close quarters with two other team members would ensure you'd get to know them, and their conversations, pretty well.
That could be both good and bad depending on the overall work environment and business style.
The public area furniture looks inviting and great for team brainstorms, but unless the Think Tank is expandable, the renderings appear to only allow for a few people. Bigger meeting rooms will still be needed somewhere.
The Mindport System seems like it would be great for providing a basic change to the drab conventionality of the current low-walled, uniform cubicles. Larger office functionality some private executive offices and meeting rooms will likely need to be maintained.
The furnishings must be on the right track though, as Lista Office has received a prestigious Red Dot award for both the Mindport System and the LO One Cabinet storage system with sleek roller doors that can be digitally printed to allow for differing styles and designs.
Sounds pretty nice.
Somewhere that Mike Brady-esque designer of the open plan cubicle system is slowly packing up their desk at the news that the reign of the "cubbies" could be coming to an end.
They had a good thing going for a while.