Shanghai, China
MATSU and Young Bird Plan:
International Office Furniture Competition

First Place

Megan Krahn and
Dominika Majewska

The past decade in office furniture typologies has seen a huge shift from cubicle farm to open and flexible working spaces. Over the past several years, office culture itself has shifted from a focus on traditional large and hierarchical corporate environments to holacratic organizations and small start-ups that have resulted in the rise of co-working office spaces. More recently, large corporate environments have ditched private office spaces and integrated into co-working office spaces. Addressing the convergence of small start-ups and large corporate office cultures, DESKK balances the need for flexibility and stability, hominess and professionalism, privacy and openness.

Room dividers and large partitions exemplify the archetype of the cubicle farm office era. DESKK uses the partition specifically as a way to democratize the space, and considers how partitions help to define, separate, enclose, and group.  Each partition includes 1-2 round panels that dampen sound, facilitate a balance between privacy and openness, while adding texture and colour that brightens the interior space and can be used as a pin board. The crossbar option for the partition enhances graphic interest, and provides the possibility for hanging plants or shelving.

Using four basic furniture units – the traditional desk, the high desk, the partition, and the lounger – a variety of compositions create modular programming spaces in the office landscape.  All of the units use similar components in their construction; the partition is utilized in all of the units and is used as a corner brace/leg for the lounger and desks, and the form of the desk’s tabletop is mimicked in the seat of the lounger. By making slight modifications in the partition, and adjusting height or orientation of the tabletop, several other desk types can be created beyond the four basic units.  The repetitive use of components maximizes production efficiency, reducing the need for additional specialized equipment and construction templates/jigs.

Long-Term Desk

Short-Term (Standing)