With Workbays, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have developed a micro-architectural system that redefines the working environment and breaks with the typical rigid planning structure of offices. Yet Workbays not only provide office planners with a simple, multifunctional furniture system. They also offer employees the freedom to seek out the optimal environment for the task at hand. Workbays configurations fall into three categories: Workbays Focus provide places to withdraw for concentrated work, Workbays Meet create areas for communication and Workbays Space form a room within a room for functional zones such as wardrobes, printer islands, kitchens etc.
Thus Workbays create distinct areas where individuals or groups can retreat from the general office environment to carry out specific activities. The units come equipped with everything users need: work surfaces, seating and optional storage and power connections. Workbays respond to the necessity for noise reduction and help to absorb disruptive sounds in the surrounding environment. They can spontaneously serve as telephone booths, video conference rooms, reading corners, quiet spots for a coffee break or meeting rooms – without sending participants behind closed doors.
Subtle yet striking, the organic forms of Workbays add definition and structure to a room. Workbays installations are easy to plan and can be integrated into virtually any space. They can be combined, expanded or adjusted as needed to meet changing conditions. Versatile and lightweight, the units are simple to install anywhere in the room – with no noise, no mess and no damage to the building.
The structure of Workbays consists of slim aluminium profiles and organically shaped wall elements made of pressed polyester fleece. The use of this light and robust material is a groundbreaking innovation in the furniture sector. It helps to reduce noise and gives the office furniture system an inviting visual look and appealing textile feel. Slender in appearance yet remarkably sturdy and stable, Workbays are available in a range of colours.
The Workbays App for iPad offers a detailed 3D experience of the new micro-architectural office system. Explore each unit of the multifunctional furniture system from every angle and adjust preferences to your individual needs by changing size, colour or the interior. Download the Workbays App from the App Store to your iPad.
|Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, born 1971 and 1976, respectively, in Quimper, France, studied at the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Cergy-Pontoise. Ronan began independent design work immediately after completing his studies, while his brother, who was still in school, assisted him.
Since 1999 both brothers have worked together as joint partners in their own Paris-based design studio. Their work ranges from small utilitarian objects to architectural projects. In addition to the design of domestic and office furniture, vases, porcelain dishware, jewellery and diverse home accessories, a primary focus of their work is the design and organisation of interior space.
One of their most unconventional designs, Algue (2004), was created in this context. The collaboration between the Bouroullec brothers and Vitra began with the office furniture system Joyn, which was developed between 2000 and 2002 and continues to be expanded and refined. Along with Jasper Morrison, Hella Jongerius, and Antonio Citterio, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have made major contributions to the steadily growing Vitra Home Collection.