MIAMI, FL – PABLO DESIGNS will unveil their latest product innovation in October at ICFF Miami titled the Corner Office, a collection of lighting fixture + smart furniture units that gives new meaning to the term “Open Plan Workspace.” Created and developed in partnership with celebrated product designers Peter Stathis and Michael McCoy, Corner Office pioneers the integration of task lighting and desktop power with visual privacy and sound reduction, in a truly global design vocabulary.
“We wanted to broaden the perspective of what an open plan working environment should be, keeping spaces flexible and adaptable but bringing back the privacy that people covet when working in open plan spaces,” explain Peter Stathis and Michael McCoy, co-designers of Corner Office. “The economic shift of recent years has led to a new appreciation of design that is easily adaptable, purposeful and minimal. Companies need their employees to work more efficiently and they are clearly open to invest in effective tools that save space without creating the feeling of density. For several years we have been doing research on conceiving a portable desk system that looks minimal while featuring a complex set of functions.”
Uninspired by some of the modern open plan workplaces where encouragement of spontaneous interaction often translates into lots of interruptions – hence the quip that ‘headphones are the new wall‘. – McCoy and Stathis set about designing a new system that brings privacy, and cleverly avoids the use of those high-backed booths. The result is Corner Office; a simple solution that helps define personal space and incorporates wellness and visual privacy. The team has designed the furniture as a mobile and ergonomic flat-pack system that delivers a contained and semi-private office whenever you need it, or as Michael McCoy describes it “power, light and workplace privacy all in one easily set up unit.”
Working closely with the designers, Pablo Pardo from Pablo Designs explains the challenge was “to create a new breed of product to respond to the demands of today’s new type of productivity, while offering surprise and delight.” The result is a dynamic and flexible system that combines the efficiencies of mass production, the flexibility of custom materials and configurations for expressing personal preferences, and the carbon-reducing sustainability of flat shipping and local assembly for international markets.
The system includes three elements: a glare-free, fully dimmable LED corner task light that incorporates power ports featured in its armature; a set of optional acoustic deterrent fabric panels; and an optional pocket accessory that provides a place to rest a phone or tablet keeping the desk clutter-free. Elements are made up of aluminum and recycled fabric, that offer a familiar softness to the touch. The LED light is designed to provide up 50K hours of energy-efficient and maintenance-free illumination and is 97% recyclable.
Corner Office addresses multiple combinations and creative expressions in the office, home and hospitality environments. It is dynamic in visual expression, structural shape and detail and requires no tools to install it. While its overall aesthetic is simple, it reveals subtle intricacy in the places where elements come together. The sculptural origami-like shape of the panels outline a distinctive profile that is identifiable at a distance, while a refined magnetic connectors system provide highly flexible desktop planning for individuals, effortlessly and within minutes.
Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States
From October 5, 6 from 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.