If you pay attention to office and workplace design trends, you’re probably aware that the cubicle has unceremoniously left the building and given way to the open-plan office. However, it turns out that not everyone is comfortable sitting at a bench, alongside their colleagues, in spaces largely devoid of walls and partitions. Designers have been quick to respond with a new category of furniture that aims to bring a little privacy back to work places that have moved from the cubicle farm to the fishbowl.
The same principle holds true for public spaces. It’s not uncommon to see people at the airport or the mall with a mobile phone to one ear, looking for a quiet spot to have an important conversation. Unfortunately, a useful mobile telephone booth has yet to be created.
Until then, travelers in need of some momentary relief from others can hope to find lobbies, lounges, and passageways that offer furniture like Coalesse‘s Work Lounge (shown here with and without its canopy), which the manufacturer describe as a “self-contained sanctuary, a private place in a public square.”
It’s no Cone of Silence, but we’ll take it.