Pair Makes Adaptable Workspaces Possible

San Francisco-based Pair was co-founded by the duo behind contract furniture dealer, two, who bring forth their experience and knowledge in this ever-growing and evolving sector. With furniture options that solve the open floor plan vs. closed office debate, they go beyond that by creating solutions for companies whose needs continually change.

Co-founder Brian Wilson shares thoughts on the concept behind Pair:

Some of our hyper fast-growing clients that are scaling are challenged with building spaces that meet the needs of who they might be in 6-12 months. How do you anticipate the needs of departments that don’t even exist? We have seen companies add fixed higher screens or bringing versions of panels back, but that might not be the answer for the next occupant or department that would move into that space. The vision we have is help creating more control or flexibility. Screens that can hang or move, be stored or pulled out of storage. The holy grail is privacy on demand where we can provide people with those tools.

The co-founders benefit from years of working with clients, observing their situations to determine what hasn’t been working, which of their needs haven’t been met yet, and what they could possibly need in the future. They took that information and created Pair to address the voids in the contract market. With Pair, clients have access to flexible systems that are height adjustable, outfitted with power, and modifiable, allowing them to personalize the kit parts to select corner and leg shapes, finishes, and fabrics. They can even “hack” their own pieces to improve setups for clients.

With the upswing of brands adding a home-y, residential feel to contract designs, Pair gives nod to the trend, which they’ve dubbed “resimenial,” by focusing on ways to “humanize the workspace”. They aim to create comfortable, non-traditional workstations that give users places to collaborate and work somewhere other than their desk.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.