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Bene's modular workplace system adapts to home and office use

Bene's modular workplace system is aimed at freelancers working from home

Dezeen promotion: the growing need for flexible working conditions informed this range of modular office furniture, designed by Thomas Feichtner for Austrian brand Bene.

Revealed at Somerset House in London last week, Bene's Studio range features desks, shelving and accessories that can be combined and arranged to adapt to an individual's needs in the office or home.

Austrian designer Feichtner, who is based in Vienna, based his collection for the office furniture brand on the changing nature of work.

The pieces are aimed at freelancers who work from home or creative individuals whose work is closely linked to their day-to-day activities.

Each is designed to transition easily from a domestic environment to the workplace, while still offering flexibility in sizes and colours.

"Today the boundaries are blurred between the working environment and the private sphere, or between working time and free time," said Michael Fried, Bene executive board member.

"Studio by Bene was created for people who work and live according to their own rules and schedules," he explained.

The collection features tables with a curved double-layered work surface, which creates storage space in between, and steel tubular legs.

It is available in a range of sizes, including a desk and meeting table, as well as a black, white and natural wood colour.

Single tables can be joined together to make larger workstations or separated for individual work.

"The smart combination of work surface and storage surface offers enough space for all those personal things essential for daily use," said Bene.

Feichtner also designed a range of shelves that can be adapted to an individual's needs – allowing them to be placed side-by-side to create long display racks. Each shelf is made from wood and is supported by a brass loop.

Bene was founded in 1790, but began to manufacture office furniture on an industrial level in 1951. Previously, the brand worked alongside London designers PearsonLloyd to create a range of workstations.

It is the latest company to create furniture that caters to individuals with flexible work needs. Another Country created a series of home-like work furniture in warm wooden tones, while Lucy Kurrein designed a modular sofa with moving table tops for laptop use.