Divisorio – a capsule collection of work furniture to rethink proximity
Jan 22
Jan 26 2021
window installation

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.

Participants

Studio Wé

Acknowledgements

Divisorio – a capsule collection of work furniture to rethink proximity

Accessibility

Who should visitors contact with questions regarding accessibility?
John Crawford
For projects with printed information, will it be available in large-format and/or Braille?
Large format printed information will be available.
Is this venue accessible by wheelchair or similar mobility devices? This includes access to washrooms and all aspects of programming/events.
The showroom is at the street level.
Can people get to the venue using accessible transit?
Yes