The modern day office is nothing like it was before. After years of oppression, white collar workers united and toppled the status quo. Office cubicles were torn down and replaced with brain-storm mattresses, dimly lit meeting rooms turned into cappuccino bars, and damp office buildings abandoned in favour of spacious warehouses. Only one persistent element reminds us of the past: the office furniture that Iitters these newly established places of joy and productivity.
Designers are forced to follow the European standards that dictate the form and functionality of office furniture, which have made the design process quite inflexible. And it has made the offer on hand limited. Of course it’s possible to find more appealing furniture, but most companies will have to work around a tight budget and will end up with cheap furnishings that are rendered in unforgiving colours. Nevertheless, in the end a man has to sit…
This is where the Boring Collection comes into play: a series of spectacularly inconspicuous furniture. Its discreet elegance allows it to be present in the modern office without distracting from the things that actually matter.
Why so Boring?
The architects of Space Encounters kept on stumbling upon this same issue. Each time they were ready to put the final touches on one of their newly designed office spaces, they were confronted with the same office chairs, tables and cubicle walls: stubbornly old-fashioned furniture that was determined to spoil the party. Add the usual picture frames, plants, folders and coffee mugs, and the original concept behind the interior is completely overshadowed.
The traditional office no longer exists, and it’s time to let the furniture catch up. Our workplace deserves affordable solutions that comply with regulations and also manage to let the overall interior design shine. An attempt to create more aesthetically pleasing furniture is not an option. It will either become unaffordable or will lead to impossible compromises. That is what made Space Encounters decide to shift the focus away from the furniture and onto other things, resulting in a process where they redefined office furniture by questioning what is truly essential about these designs.
The basic elements were on hand; the task was to choose between the already existing and certified components. By taking the European standards in consideration while trying to minimize their impact, Space Encounters assembled a line of archetypal furniture. Shaded in a muted grey tone that gives the designs the unique ability to completely blend in with its surroundings. The tagline: Because it’s not about furniture. It’s time to put everything else front and centre: the interior design, the view, that other great chair, the pictures on the wall, the people.
What really stands out about Boring Collection is how the designs manage to be anything but outstanding. Their true virtue and potential becomes apparent when the differ ent products are arranged in a group. Together they make up a sober and quiet family of furniture that, despite being multiplied, still manages to let the interior around them play the lead. . Our offices will no longer feel like the dreaded place where time has to pass as fast as it possibly can, but can instead turn into a breeding ground where new unexpected things materialize and where everything is possible. From nine till five, that is.