The right types of furniture can confront boredom and shake up hierarchy

From the conventional office to the cubicle to the open bench-style workspace, the modern office may have seen a lot of reimaginings, but few of them actually address the furniture itself, which is often jury-rigged into awkward combinations and improperly combined. The Japanese design company Nendo, which tackles practically every type of design from furniture to interiors to graphic design and installations, used the Orgatec Modern Working Environments exhibit in Cologne (Oct. 25-29 of this year) to debut several new office furniture designs, including tables and shelves in shapes you’ve never seen before. The designs in “shelf + desk + chair = office,” with their black matte finish, were meant to showcase Kokuyo‘s newest chair, the Inspine, but ended up taking on a life of their own.

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