As the open plan office has dismantled the once-ubiquitous cubicle, the workplace has become something of a fishbowl leaving employees totally exposed — a phenomenon that has led some to find creative ways to go back into hiding.
But as research suggests, people don’t need to be completely enclosed in an 8-foot box or wall-off office to gain a sense of privacy. A balance of visual and acoustic privacy can be achieved by proper space planning and using room dividers that allow visual sightlines and access to daylight while delineating private and public areas.
The PHENOMENA room divider (shown above), by product designer Sang Hoon Keame, is characterized by its translucent nature but stands apart from other screens by its bold, organic shape.
Here are a few other options for creating a little more privacy in the workplace.
Herman Miller’s Canvas Office Landscape freestanding screens offer just enough enclosure to create privacy but with translucent panels, they allow ample daylight penetration.