Designworks, a subsidiary of the BMW Group, recently partnered with Allsteel to help design and develop what is referred to as “seating solutions” for open office concepts, according to a press release from BMW.
The concept is called “Reflect” and according to the press release it comes with “a wide, deep seat and soft back cushion that allow the user to adjust position at will, choosing whatever posture is personally most comfortable for long periods of seated work. One armrest is wider than the other …”
The wider armrest is geared to provide “a highly functional work surface, ideal for laptops, electronics and paperwork.”
According to Johannes Lampella, director of design at Designworks in Los Angeles, the new concept can transform “a solo getaway to a group get-together space on the turn of a dime.”
“Reflect is a study of space and volume,” Lampela said, in the release. “Depending on orientation Reflect either opens up to its surrounding or shields from it. And when two chairs are placed directly across from each other they form a connected space, a sort of a bubble of concentration.”
The space includes “Clubhouse” which is a “freestanding structure functioning as a room within a room that allows individuals or small groups to undertake the type of work that requires deep, uninterrupted focus freed from the distractions of the open office.”
Allsteel is based in Muscatine, Iowa.