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Tetris Table by People's Industrial Design Office slots together in different formations

This table can be broken apart, rearranged and slotted back together, to allow office employees more flexibility in the way they work.

Beijing-based studio People's Industrial Design Office created the Tetris table to "accommodate the unpredictable needs of companies in flux". It comes in five different geometric modules, which fit together like the tiles in video game Tetris.

Each part can be used as an individual desk or clustered to form one large conference table. Two or three pieces can also be attached to accommodate smaller work groups.

The notches and protrusions on the table lock together using a simple friction-fit system, meaning it can be lifted and moved as a whole when required.

Small openings that are created on the table's surface at contact points offer a place to hold laptop wires.

To maximise its moveability in a workspace, the item also features castor wheels on each steel leg. Should tables need to be put away, modules can be neatly stacked on top of one another for storage.

Originally launched in 2012, the Tetris table has recently resurfaced after the brand released a new set of product images.

Headed by trio James Shen, He Zhe and Zang Feng, People's Industrial Design Office has completed both architecture and product-led projects. Its previous creations include a minimalist mesh chair that is manufactured from a single metal rod, and a mobile farm on wheels that aims to let the community share responsibility for crops' wellbeing.

As companies continue to explore new ways of working, several design studios have turned their attention to flexible workplaces. Note Design created fold-up office dividers for nomadic workers, while German designer Konstantin Grcic created a flat-pack system of desks that could transform into sofas.

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