All Work (And Some Play)

Our favorite furniture for the modern office balances privacy and community.

Nao Tamura’s Kanso bench for HBF encourages play and work in equal parts.The different platforms can be used for laptops, reclined or seated lounging, or even lunch.


Lauren Rottet’s Powerful Cylinder could easily be mistaken for a simple decorative side table, but one push of its top will reveal a strip of power outlets.


Bernhardt Design unveiled Airbnb cofounder Joe Gebbia’s 38-piece modular Neighborhood collection as a part of its series The Creatives this year.


In Marie Christine Dorner’s Osi desk for Ligne Roset, compartments underneath the solid wood tabletop give the piece a double purpose as both surface and storage space.


Vitra’s Pacific, designed by Barber & Osgerby, is about as simple in silhouette as a task chair can come. Concealed adjustable components ensure a comfortable seat for any user.


Buzzispace’s Float chair, designed by Alain Gilles, is built to be light and airy, without sacrificing support.


The St. Charles desk, by Brooklyn-based Volk Furniture, was born from a successful design of a vanity the studio made in 2015. Solid ash wood, marble, and a leather blotter make this piece a bright addition to any study.


On the smaller scale of the space-inside-a-space office trend lies Allsteel’s Retreat collection. Privacy wings and a deep seat make this chair perfect for blocking out distractions.


For Andreu World’s Nuez chair, Patricia Urquiola was inspired by a sheet of paper. Its ribbed shell cradles a thermoplastic or upholstered seat.


This year for Fritz Hansen, Jaime Hayon expanded his Ro lounge chair to become a two-seater sofa. The piece is a perfect setting for a casual meeting.


Elegant and slim, Humanscale’s Infinity task light features fully flexible hinges, a nine-level dimmer, and an energy-saving occupancy sensor.


For Cappellini’s new Juli Jubilee chair, designer Werner Aisslinger revisits his classic Juli chair with new textures made from needle punch embroidery.


Deep-set drawers atop a delicate steel base make the Rule Long and Low by Blu Dot an uncomplicated, ideal storage solution for the conference room or common areas.


Solis, designed by Venice, Italy–based Studio Kairos for Koleksiyon, is collection made of pebble-like seats that can nest to form larger arrangements, or just stand solo.


Herman Miller’s new Live OS cloud-based platform, part of the brand’s Living Office line, uses data insights to improve posture and performance for each user. Pictured here is the Live OS–enabled Renew desk.


New to the furniture scene, Australian brand Nau introduces its Converse sofa, designed by Adam Cornish. The work-lounge station is compact without feeling cramped.

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