We no longer need desks, say designers Ed Barber and Jay Osgerby, because the office of the future is more of a meeting place than a work environment. Speaking in a talk at the Vitra showroom in London, the Barber & Osgerby founders said that the office is still relevant, but the desk is not and designers need to be responding to this. “The office now and in the future will only be a place where people come together, a meeting place,” he said. The talk took place to mark the UK launch of Soft Work, a modular seating system that the duo designed for Vitra, which also doubles as a work station. In Gielgen’s opinion, people are looking for more from their workplace than the traditional office can give them. Osgerby said that the idea for Soft Work was born when he and Barber designed the interiors for the Ace Hotel Shoreditch, in east London. Barber and Osgerby founded their studio in 1996, and are famous for designs including the London 2012 Olympic Torch and the Tip Ton chair.
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