As we all know, work environments have evolved considerably in the past decade. For one, Americans are increasingly toiling away at home rather than heading into an office. On the flip side, many companies that do have traditional offices are trying to make them more relaxed, even fun. Take Clif Bar's headquarters in the Bay Area, for instance: Employees can enjoy a gourmet cafe, massage room, and rock climbing wall. Yup, it's true!
For Coalesse, a brand launched by Steelcase in 2008, the "let's make work comfy!" trend is its raison d'être. All of its tables, desks, seating, storage units, and accessories are designed for the so-called crossover market. In case you're wondering what exactly that means, here's an explanation from Coalesse: "Crossover means homes and offices, meeting rooms and social spaces, private retreats and public places—the fluid intersections of work and life where boundaries are collapsing and creativity is roaming." We like the sound of that.
During Salone del Mobile earlier this month, Coalesse unveiled two new collections: the Massaud lounge, work lounge, and ottoman by the French designer Jean-Marie Massaud; and the Lagunitas lounge and table by Toan Nguyen, born in Paris and based in Milan.
According to Coalesse, the Massaud pieces were inspired by first-class seating in airplanes and are engineered to provide comfort while you peck away at your computer. Similarly, the Lagunitas line was created with technology top of mind. Well-suited for coffeehouses, it offers more than 50 lounge-table combinations, with the option to incorporate power outlets. Plus, the back cushion accommodates both lean-forward and lean-back postures.
Scope out these new products below, along with several other pieces that Coalesse has released over the years. And be sure to read additional coverage from Milan: 20 awesome new chairs, 10 great lamps by young designers, and more!
Massaud lounge by Jean-Marie Massaud, unveiled this month
Lagunitas lounge and table by Toan Nguyen, unveiled this month
Lagunitas lounge by Toan Nguyen, unveiled this month
Hosu by Patricia Urquiola, 2012 (winner of a Red Dot Product Award)
Millbrae by Coaless design team, 2011
Emu Pattern collection by Arik Levy, 2011
Denizen secretary by Jess Sorel and Otto Williams, 2009
Ripple bench by Laurinda Spear, introduced by Steelcase in 2005