In the last decade the workplace environment has been affected by a real revolution, a prelude to the birth of a new generation of office: the "Smart Office". Just observing this change it’s easy to realize that the working environment has start to transform into a sort of extension of the people who use to spend most of the day into office; this is evolution is an answer to an increasing need for functionality and efficiency, but also for the desire to work in a welcoming, pleasant and stimulating place.
All people need a personal space, a distance that surrounds them, separates and protects them from the rest of the world. Usually we expect that this ‘bubble’ is respected by everyone, otherwise we feel uncomfortable and annoyed. So how is it possible to respect this need, in the era of shared workstations?
Connecting the executive board to a new living, modern vision
Deck is a system of executive furnishings designed by Jorge Pensi for Estel. Its function is to increasingly blur the boundaries between work and daily life. Elegant volumes are inserted into a metal base creating the illusion of floating solids and voids for a balanced combination of strength and airiness.
Deck Team Leader is an executive office desk that Estel proposes as a complete cross between work and daily life. A careful combination of leather, wood, glass and metal identifies the different functional areas like the reception area, organisational area, display area, and meeting area. The surface of the operator side table is always covered with leather and is moveable, allowing access to the compartment equipped for electrification. The surface of the meeting side is proposed in wood or in super-clear frosted, back lacquered tempered glass.
A Niemeyer’s unmistakable signature, with its metal base in relief projecting a plastic form: this table designed for Estel in 1985, is one of the few pieces the Brazilian architect dedicated to interior design.
In 1985 Estel commissioned Oscar Niemeyer to create a conference table. What he imagined fully interpreted the dual vocation of the Italian design company, knowing how to smoothly move between home and office. The table, with both high-profile home interiors and office executive spaces in mind, is characterized by an important base: one single sculptural leg made in wood covered with brushed steel, with internal counter- weight plates. Drawing strength from this pedestal’s utopian shape, modelled on Hispanic baroque curves, the Niemeyer Table is transfigured into a timeless sculpture, “a cathedral in the desert destined for the conscience of the human race”. The top can be either in floating tempered glass or in a wood finish, 50 mm thick and vast choice of solid wood. The collection has been expanded with rectangular double versions with clear glass top finishes paired with leather. The Estel Niemeyer 1985 table fits both in domestic and public living areas, such as executive offices. Presented in the double version, can reach a length of 4.5 meters.