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Office Upgrade: Privacy Booth

Office Upgrade: Privacy Booth

What it is: a table covered by a sound-absorbent hood

Cost: N/A

Let’s hope this booth offers more privacy than the Cone Of Silence from the TV series Get Smart. Named “Confession” by Stockholm-based Scottish designer Nick Ross, the standing booth has an oak tabletop and a sound-absorbent, compressed, felt hood. Designed to provide some seclusion in open offices, “it enables the creation of a space for a quick meeting, to hear a personal story, a quiet place to read the paper with a coffee, or even somewhere to indulge in office gossip,” states the description. The booth is designed to accommodate casual, standing conversations, not seated meetings, Ross says. He designed the prototype in April in collaboration with furniture maker Blå Station while he was studying interior architecture and furniture design at Konstfack University College. Ross is looking for a production partner now.

Wong is an associate editor for Bloomberg Businessweek. Follow her on Twitter @venessawwong.

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