Canopy: Where Collaboration and Privacy Coexist

Kimball’s recent launch of ‘Canopy’ illustrates how far we have come with the design of furniture systems that work in today’s more open and flexible workspaces. Based on the “benching” concept, the multiple components are purposely planned to be utilized as everyone’s needs change throughout the day or as people shift about in activity-based workplaces and no longer need to be confined to the same desk and chair day after day.

An overall view of Kimball’s new Canopy benching system – Image courtesy of Kimball

Who designed this product?

Canopy was designed by Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A.

Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A – Image courtesy of Studio O+A

What was the inspiration behind the design?

Primo Orpilla describes his motivation behind the design concept:

If a career in workplace design teaches you anything, it is that people work differently depending on their moods, the project or the progress of the day. I wanted to combine all the things you would need in an office in one workplace system.

Are there any options?

Variety is a crucial feature of the concept—the balance between collective and individual needs, collaborative and solitary work, the dictates of the morning, and those of the afternoon. Canopy seamlessly combines utility with unexpected materials–exposed plywood edges, colorful work tools, wood truss accents, natural wool felt and a unique bungee display system–to create spaces that not only function but inspire.

You can check out the versatility of the product line here.

The design team put much thought into the colors, materials, and aesthetics of the new Canopy product line – Image courtesy of Studio O+A

What do you think our readers will love about the product?

People work differently depending on their moods, the project, even the time of day. Canopy allows users to experience a workplace system that meets these different preferences with a standard height adjustability feature that will enable users to move between sitting and standing throughout the workday.

Canopy’s flexibility, high functionality, and malleability were designed to address today’s demanding workplace needs. It is a response to how we work today. With its simple assortment of accessories, it gives users a high degree of customization. Canopy is an incredibly adaptable system that can be configured to meet the ever-changing needs of a wide range of end users. -Primo Orpilla

How will the product impact the workplace and contribute to new ways of working?

Many of today’s workplaces are not static and are purposely designed to create opportunities for multiple types of interactions throughout the day. Having furnishings in place to support many kinds of activities – that could also be responsive to individual requirements for comfort and productivity – were critical components of the design decisions.

What makes Canopy unique is the multiple ways it interacts with the workstations next to it. A sophisticated menu of privacy panels, canopy panels, writeable surfaces, adjustable height surfaces, seating arrangements and accessory options makes each station an all-purpose office.

Canopy is where collaboration and privacy can seamlessly coexist. Standing desks can be positioned alongside seated height worksurfaces. This way each person can decide how he or she wants to work unimpeded by limitations of furniture design.

Multiple, flexible components make Canopy an excellent choice for providing flexible solutions that can easily be modified to meet the needs of the moment – Image courtesy of Kimball

When will Canopy be available?

Introduced in early November 2017, the product is currently available to order.

What about pricing?

Since this is a system, the pricing varies by configuration. A two-person bench with a TFL or HPL top starts at $6,284. For more information on options and pricing, you can review the price list here.

Where can our readers see the product?

We plan to showcase Canopy at Neocon 2018.

 

This post was sponsored by Kimball

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