Your open plan office probably isn’t completely open plan. More likely, it’s a hybrid, with mixes of desks crowded on communal tables and private spaces for people to hold meetings or take a break from the noise.
The Valencia, Spain-based designer Jaime Hayon has designed a new series of couches specifically for such hybrid offices. Unlike most couches, which have low backs, Hayon’s Plenum couches for the Danish furniture company Republic of Fritz Hansen have walls on three sides, giving whoever is sitting there privacy in an open space. It might be a good place to focus on work (or let you watch YouTube videos in secret).
Similar furniture exists for individuals, like these private work pods. But along with a version designed for a single person, Hayon has created a three-person couch and two-person loveseat with mini walls around them as well, turning a piece of furniture into a freestanding private conversation nook. It’s ideal for offices that don’t have tons of private spaces because the furniture can create a pop-up meeting room, no retrofitting required.
The idea is that having a sofa that’s comfortable and private enough to get things done at the office would make work feel a little bit more like home. But these pieces are also utilitarian: You can add on side laptop tables as well as USB and regular outlets at the base of the couch. Because as homey as they might seem, these sofas aren’t for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
The collection is available at Republic of Fritz Hansen, and range from $4,700 to $7,550.