Unique Modular Furniture Piece lets you work, lounge, read, and relax thanks to its plug-and-play form

“Working lying down is seldom seen in office environments,” pointed out Timothy Widmer, a student at Lucerne School of Art and Design. Lying down is often associated with relaxing – the antithesis of productivity and professionalism – but if the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we don’t need an ‘office chair’ or a ‘cubicle’ to work. You could work from a high-chair, a beanbag, a recliner, a sofa… so why not use that as a starting point to revisit how furniture can look and behave?

Designer: Timothy Widmer

Unique Modular Furniture Piece lets you work, lounge, read, and relax thanks to its plug-and-play form

Meet Gustav, a 4-piece modular furniture set that comes together in a variety of ways. Its odd shape strays away from any kind of traditional furniture – it looks nothing like a chair, a stool, a sofa, or a pouffe. Once put together, however, you get to understand the kind of freedom and flexibility it brings, and how it could possibly be used for a variety of activities.

Unique Modular Furniture Piece lets you work, lounge, read, and relax thanks to its plug-and-play form

The Gustav is position-agnostic. It allows you to use its shape in whatever way you choose. You can sit on it like a stool, recline backwards with your legs stretched out, or even folded in. The stool’s rear space (behind the recliner) lets you store books, EDC, chargers, cables… and the cuboid-shaped pouffe at the end doubles up as a side-table just in case you want one.

Unique Modular Furniture Piece lets you work, lounge, read, and relax thanks to its plug-and-play form

A cushion strapped to the recliner can be moved up or down, giving you the height-adjustment you need

Unique Modular Furniture Piece lets you work, lounge, read, and relax thanks to its plug-and-play form

“The multi-components allow different constellations to be created – from an individual workspace to a conversation pit,” says Widmer.

Unique Modular Furniture Piece lets you work, lounge, read, and relax thanks to its plug-and-play form

Unique Modular Furniture Piece lets you work, lounge, read, and relax thanks to its plug-and-play form

Ultimately, a lot of Gustav’s success depends on the upheaval of corporate work culture. Whether offices embrace relaxed working as a practice isn’t something the Gustav can control – but it does pose a very interesting schematic for coworking spaces, cafes, and even lounges at airports. And it asks a rather fundamental question too – if productivity is a state of mind, why does the way you’re seated matter SO much?

Unique Modular Furniture Piece lets you work, lounge, read, and relax thanks to its plug-and-play form

Unique Modular Furniture Piece lets you work, lounge, read, and relax thanks to its plug-and-play form

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