Soft Work is a minimalist seating system designed by London-based studio Barber & Osgerby for Vitra. Presented at this year’s Orgatec, the series takes into consideration the rapidly changing atmosphere of workspaces, such as the proliferation of freelance careers and the introduction of “hot desking.”
The designers spent two years re-thinking the seating landscape, and underwent extensive research and development to conceive a seating system that would focus around the working environment versus an environment centered around desks.
Explained by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, “The workstation is going the same way as the dining room – it’s disappearing as an archetype. The desk has had its day. With mobile technology you need a place to sit occasionally, or a comfortable place to hang out.” The modular construction allows Soft Work to transform into diverse seating and working positions including pivoting tables and power sockets located between the seat cushions.