Plug and Play Office

Design company Bosch & Fjord, a collaboration between the visual artists Rosan Bosch and Rune Fjord Jensen have created a furniture system, for Innovation Lab’s new space at the Copenhagen’s IT University, on the premise of ‘innovation’, that is the ‘plug and play’ answer to furniture design. It enables an organization to refurnish, move to another site or grow and shrink without difficulty.

Premised on the condition of moving, the system considers possibilities for rearranging rooms and combining elements and is intended for an innovative organizational structure in constant change. It consists of big shipping crates that work as modules with different things on the inside, e.g. a workstation, part of a conference room or a kitchen. The crates are designed to fit into any standard building. When the crates are brought into the building from the truck, they are placed in a room and opened. Each function has its own crate with its own explicit identity and design.

The crates include three different kinds of workstations, enabling individual Lab Agents to choose their own place according to character, need or mood. There is a small, intimate meeting room with a green lounge sofa and a video-conference room built as a light green ‘blue-screen film studio’, enabling choices between backgrounds for video conferences. There is also a pink kitchen box, as well as a big biomorphic worktable with a palm tree in the centre. The crates can be combined into rooms with closed doors or left open.

Photo: Bosch & Fjord

If you have to move again, all you have to do is put back the covers on the boxes, haul them out of the building and into the new space. The system takes only two hours to pack and two hours to unpack again.

Disclaimer: I work for Innovation Lab and have still not seen the office yet but am very much looking forward to start working at the Copenhagen office in four weeks time and see what all the new boxes can do for the work environment. If any one wants to swing by for the opening reception Thursday 29th at 4 PM you are very welcome.