San Francisco-based Coalesse has been conducting ongoing research on 'Nomadic Work' for several years now, and the Massaud Work Lounge is the latest furniture solution for today's mobile workforce. "The Work Lounge with Canopy is a self-contained sanctuary. It creates a quiet space within a public area and allows users to be in control of their work environment. It provides privacy and eliminates visual distraction by signaling to others if the users want to focus and not be disturbed or if they can be approached by the positioning of the canopy (closed, semi-closed or open)."
Designed by French architect and designer Jean-Marie Massaud, the Work Lounge debuted at NeoCon earlier this month, where we had the chance to speak to him about the project.
If the "concept car" comparison is a bit of a stretch, it certainly speaks to new and ever-evolving needs in the workplace—lest we forget Kawamura Ganjavian's "Ostrich"—not least the consideration of device compatibility. The hood features a mount for a smartphone or small tablet, as well as Bluetooth audio; integrated LEDs provide optimized lighting for video conferences. The chair itself was inspired by First Class plane seating; the canopy is made from recycled PET bottles.
The Massaud Collection will be available in Early 2014.