May 7, 201403:33 PMPoint of View
The METROPOLIS Blog
The Ultimate Solution to All Your Open-Office Problems
Junxion is a new furnishing system designed to activate any open-plan office.
All images courtesy Dauphin
It’s easy to forget how revolutionary the open office was and even continues to be today. Despite all the recent backlash, open-plan workspaces can increase productivity among employees. Wide, partition-less spans encourage communication and collaboration, both key ingredients to innovation. They are, of course, flexible, allowing for all kinds of workspace configurations. Most crucially, they are receptive to new wireless, cloud-supported technologies that have made work more portable than ever.
But the open office isn’t enough on its own. Without the right kind of programming or planning, the open plan is zapped of all its potential. The standard, barebones modern office “can actually erode productivity,” says Stuart Rogers-Brown, the COO of Dauphin and head of the company’s new Dynamic Spaces initiative. The open plan is just the start, something to be added to and iterated on. That’s the notion behind Junxion by Dauphin, a new line of furnishings designed to activate any open office.
The furniture modules feature built-in power so employees can easily plug in their computers and other electronic devices.
The system is designed so different office modules, from seating to work desks, can be combined in interesting ways that promote both collaboration and privacy.
Modern offices lacking thought-out layouts and organizational systems can fall victim to the distractions, noise, and monotonous transparency that come with the open plan. The movable, retractable partition is the traditional solution to tackle these problems, but it’s often less customizable and practical than it suggests. “The problem with many flexible workspaces is that they require a lot of work and people to change them,” Rogers-Brown says. The partition or other space-modifying device is useless if it isn’t user-friendly and easily deployed. How, then, to push beyond it?
The answer, Rogers-Brown suggests, lies in the Dynamic Spaces concept he has developed at Dauphin. The idea is to that workplaces can and should cater to the needs of individual users and small, collaborative groups without requiring the transformation of the office or even the room itself. Employees would then be able to “edit” their personal workspaces and tune them to their creative work cycles. They should be able to block out unwanted noise, something that thin partitions were never particularly good at doing.
All of the furnishings sport sound-absorbing fabric that blocks out all the distractions associated with open offices.
Junxion’s range of furnishings, from media walls and privacy pods to lounge banquettes and “freestyle” seating, aid in this process. The designs are outfitted with integrated power and even feature embedded LED lights, making it easy for employees to plug in. Furniture modules can be arranged in U-shaped configurations to host informal meetings or spontaneous work sessions. Pods and work tables can be combined in multifunctional clusters that give users a choice in how they work.
“One needs privacy from time to time, but other times, one needs a more collaborative space for brainstorming ideas,” Rogers-Brown says. “Junxion enables office workers to create and even design their own office spaces to work their way.”