Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Typography-Inspired Cubicles Liven Up Office Space

The cliche of the open-space office is a warren of little matching square spaces. It sucks the life out of a workspace and doubtless is a mind-numbing place to work. So any  attempt to bring in a little variety and even whimsy has got to be appreciated.  

Benoit Challand's pilot project design for Fold Yard is clever and looks fun and useful as well.  The French designer uses the letters of the company's name to inspire the shape of the various cubicles in the space.  Although they're best appreciated from above, when you can easily "read" the shapes as letters, the spaces also work as creative office space solutions.

Hunter Communications Original News Source:
Co. Design

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Excerpt: "The open office has come under fire of late. Research says it’s bad for productivity and it might even make us sick. And monotonous, boxy cubicles don’t do much by way of visual inspiration.

But a design by French creative Benoit Challand might make you think different. In his concept for Fold Yard, every desk in an open office is shaped as a different letter of the alphabet. This typography turned into functional furniture celebrates the beauty of the large-scale letterform. The letters’ shapes are abstracted unless viewed from above, when they spell out words or phrases.

Challand specializes in CGI design, digital art, and art direction, and has worked for Nike, Cartier, and Ogilvy. This isn’t his first foray into sculptural, large-scale typography: in another project, he built letters from conglomerations of kitchen appliances, laptops, speakers, and washing machines."



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