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A Shape Shifter In The Office

Annual Design Awards: Furniture

A Shape-Shifter in the Office


-- Escale Desk System

-- Designer: Haworth Inc., France and U.S.

Virtual offices, hoteling, teaming--the world of work is changing. Speed, mobility, and communication now define how people perform their tasks, and furniture makers are rushing to provide them with tools for the Information Age. Haworth turned to France for the design of its gold-award winning Escale collection. Designers Jean-Louis Berthet and Denis Vasset created an innovative cone-topped leg that can accommodate a vast array of desktop permutations.

All the components of the office furniture system are either adjustable or mobile. Shelves and lecterns and other pieces of furniture can be attached. Slide-out shelves hold briefcases, purses, or bags. And a privacy screen that separates people can be quickly attached--or removed.

Beyond the functionality of the Escale system is its beauty. It looks modern--with bright colors--and those metallic legs are great. Haworth was smart to turn to Europe for this design.By Bruce Nussbaum in New YorkReturn to top

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