In their first speculative furniture collection, Studio Wé displays prototypes for new workspace dividers and desk units for the home and office. Changes in these environments require a radical rethinking of physical proximity and separation of workplace functions.
Like a renaissance of the cubicle, dividers have become a popular intervention strategy for workplaces looking to partially and safely reopen. Similarly, desks are transforming into mobile elements to be hidden when occupancy changes and to be used for collaborative activities.
Currently, distance is given more importance than the social aspect of work.
The exhibited pieces — an adaptable divider, and a transformable standing desk — aim to offer safety despite social proximity, ease of movement and maintenance, flexibility and adaptability to changing spaces and pre-existing architectural elements.
The collection interrogates what we gain and lose working ‘in separation’ from home or from a shared space.
“We want to experiment how dividers feel, and how reversely they can be an interface for human contact, bring people closer and generate more interactions leveraging new senses and gestures, instead of decreasing the experience of togetherness.”
– Studio Wé
The exhibition displays the prototypes, together with other curated elements to describe a future workspace. The visitors are invited to test the collection into this multi-sensorial experience.
This project is a part of the King East Design District (KEDD), a hub for design, art and culture in the heart of Old Town Toronto.