By now, we’re all too aware of the radical changes (both the good and the not-so-good) the pandemic has brought to our homes and lifestyles.
But what’s not yet clear is how offices and workplaces will look and behave in the wake of the pandemic. While many have suggested working from home will be more common, a hybrid model – splitting time between work and home – seems to be touted as the most practical way of working for most.
As the needs of the workforce shifts, workspaces must adapt – the question is, how? This is the conundrum outdoor living specialist Kettal has set out to solve with the launch of ‘Pavilion O’, a modular structure intended to reinvent the workplace.
Many businesses have had to become more agile and flexible to survive in the unpredictable climate, and this applies to their office structures, too. As many take tentative first steps to reopening workplaces, ‘Pavilion O’ offers a smart solution that can be easily reconfigured to suit ever-changing requirements. For example, perhaps more meeting space will be needed as offices become places to connect with others.
Using a lightweight aluminium structure as its framework, the system divides offices into zones (break-out areas, communal working areas, kitchens etc) and enclosed areas for meetings, focussed work and calls. The system can be tailored with a spectrum of materials, including glass, wood and fabrics, as well as fittings such as shelves, media units and whiteboards. Kettal’s ‘Click & Work’ clipping system enables users to change their spaces in a matter of hours if needed – or take it with them if they move premises.
If moving into workplaces seems like a surprising new direction for the outdoor brand, its acclaimed recreation of Richard Neutra’s pavilion in Los Angeles points to Kettal’s ambition to offer not just outdoor furniture, but also entire outdoor structures.
And with its expertise in creating durable, all-weather products for both home and contract, it’s ideally placed to shape the modern workspace – places that will need to be practical and hard-wearing, but also comfortable, with a welcoming ambience. To achieve the latter, ‘Pavilion O’ is available in the brand’s signature earthy colour palette – think muted olive greens, dusky oranges and clay-like greys – to complement its furniture lines.
After a year of working from home relative successfully, many businesses will have to up their game to give employees real reason to come back to the office – with both substance and style in spades, Kettal’s ‘Pavilion O’ is more than enough to do the trick. kettal.com
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