Work Sofa by Studio Makkink & Bey

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Milan 09: Studio Makkink & Bey presented Work Sofa for Dutch brand Prooff at SuperStudio in Zona Tortona last month.

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The modular sofa comprises five different elements that can be configured in various arrangements.

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The seating is intended for use in the workplace for meetings of different scales and different levels of formality as well as individual work stations.

See our earlier story on Studio Makkink & Bey's Ear Chair for Prooff.

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See all our stories from Milan in our special Milan 09 category.

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Here's more some info from Prooff:

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The Work Sofa.
Studio Makkink & Bey.

When you sit differently, people approach you differently. The Work Sofa began with this; the desire to encourage true communication.

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How exactly do we help Tom connect with Dick connect with Larry? And which way of sitting maximizes social encounters?

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The answer is: there isn’t one. There are many. Which is why a modular structure was designed, flexible enough to fit the needs of whoever uses the sofa.

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In each of the Work Sofa’s five configurations, a different character is revealed, from formal to intimate.

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As the sofa changes, new ways of being social are revealed, depending on which height and layout suit your meeting.

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It’s ideal for public encounters and more personal moments, including conferencing, working collaboratively, and even spending some private time, meeting yourself.

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But however you use it, the sofa meets your ergonomic requirements... as well as your social ones.

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Studio Makkink & Bey believes in a collaborative approach to product development. Each product is the result of a group of talented individuals working together in an atmosphere where experimentation and free thinking is encouraged. Rianne Makkink and Jurgen Bey have worked together since 2002.

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Based in Rotterdam, their work has appeared at (amongst other places) the Pompidou in Paris, the V&a in London and the Stedelijk in Amsterdam. Clients include Vitra, Jean Paul Gaultier and Sketch.

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More Dezeen stories about Studio Makkink & Bey:

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Posted on Sunday, May 10th, 2009 at 8:21 pm by Brad Turner. See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • http://www.winifredwikkeling.com/blog royal creme

    Fantastic those tall head rests; how often have you not wanted to stand and lean on something while making your point. I love most that while these are certainly not what you would recline on at home, these pieces foster a camaraderie – it would be rather difficult to have a hostile conversation or a round of layoffs here…