The PAIS is a solution designed to confront a major issue with open office layouts

The PAIS is a system of desk covers that adapt according to need. Built for open office layouts, it’s a way to customize privacy according to need. To use the PAIS, the pieces just need to be ‘peeled' off from the wall and re-attached to the table edge. They attach through a band of magnets that run along the edge of the table and along the panels.

 

In recent years, the open office concept has been widely adapted. It can maximize floor space and encourage collaboration within an organization. But the open office can cause a headache when it comes to employee focus. With no cubicles, it's a challenge to zone out an entire office.

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This is why the PAIS concept was thought up by industrial designer Brigitta Nemeth. The dividers are beautiful, with varying heights for varying levels of privacy. Their simplistic design also fit seamlessly in sleek modern offices. When not in use, they stow away as beautiful color patches on walls. Unlike other options, the PAIS install and uninstall in mere seconds.

The magnets are arguably the most ingenios part of the PAIS. Because they're easy to slide, the user can choose varying degrees of coverage from super-private blockage of the entire table to a more casual low shade. In addition, the magnet system also allows use on existing office furniture. Just stick a strand of the magnet on a table corner and it’s good to go. Alternatively, furnishings with the built-in strip in several places can even increase possible uses.

Created in select beautiful colors, the panels have a nice texture to them. The designer chose to use felt and real sheep wool for the patent-pending workplace tool. For the ingenious solution to a common open office woe, the Austrian designer received an iF Design Award 2017.

At present, there is no word yet on the availability of the PAIS to the public.

PAIS

The PAIS is a system of desk covers that adapt according to need. Built for open office layouts, it’s a way to customize privacy according to need. To use the PAIS, the pieces just need to be ‘peeled' off from the wall and re-attached to the table edge. They attach through a band of magnets that run along the edge of the table and along the panels.

 

In recent years, the open office concept has been widely adapted. It can maximize floor space and encourage collaboration within an organization. But the open office can cause a headache when it comes to employee focus. With no cubicles, it's a challenge to zone out an entire office.