Amid all the talk about opportunities to work outdoors, leave it to Steelcase to bring the outdoors in.
Work Tents is an innovative collection inspired by the comfortable surroundings and organic shapes of outdoor tents.
In search of a different kind of privacy solution—one that eschews the straight lines and hard surfaces of most workspace approaches—the research team collaborated with industrial designer Chris Pottenger, whose pedigree of designing for REI, The North Face, and Big Agnes recommended him for the job.
Though these aren’t tents as camping aficionados have come to know them, they do recall the comfort of that utilitarian shelter: “evoking the shapes, materials, functionality and feelings of safety inside a tent.”
The structures themselves are light, streamlined, and adaptable, built on the same principles of targeted tension, which cuts down on the use of materials while also making them inherently adaptable.
The collection includes the Pod Tent, the Boundary Tent, and the Table Tent: “simple screens and small enclosures that challenge the norm, giving people unexpected and playful—yet hard-working—alternatives to help protect them from office distractions.”
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