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Play&Work

Designer

Gernot Oberfell, Jan Wertel
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Key features

Office space can have a positive impact on the atmosphere in the workplace and support building social relations. The right design is the key to success.

Play&Work sofas can be used in relaxation and informal meeting zones, and thanks to their high, upholstered panels, they can become a quiet place for concentrated work.

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Play&Work is a system of sofas with high, upholstered walls which can be used to build a "room in a room": a separate area close to the work area, where you can sit down and discuss a project with your colleagues at any time.  

Thanks to the high panels, the sofas have a large sound absorbing surface, which can contribute to improving the acoustic properties of the room.

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Our research shows that the (insufficient) number of rooms for formal and informal meetings is a problem for 26.5% of office workers**. More and more tasks performed at the office require teamwork. Many projects are run in interdisciplinary teams that need frequent but short status meetings. Unfortunately, many offices are not suited for this – the most lacking types of space are small meeting rooms and spontaneous meeting areas. Fortunately, this problem can be solved easily thanks to Play&Work soft seating.

**Number of respondents - 2486, number of companies surveyed - 8, as cited in: Anna Marszałek, How to create a good office? Five needs of your employees to keep in mind, Nowy Styl Group 2017

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Office space can have a positive impact on the atmosphere and social relations in the workplace. The right design is the key to success. Areas intended for spontaneous informal meetings, fun rooms and other relaxation zones are particularly important, as study reports say they boost employee creativity and spontaneous exchange of information*.

*Taormina, Law, & Taormina. (2000). Approaches to preventing burnout: the effects of personal stress management and organizational socialization. Journal Of Nursing Management, 8(2), 89-99.

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Gernot Oberfell, Jan Wertel

Gernot Oberfell and Jan Wertel began their career working with Ross Lovegrove, a master and designer of the Apple iMac, for many international clients. They both studied industrial design in Stuttgart.
WertelOberfell – this is the name of their own design studio established in London in 2007. Three years later, the designers opened their second studio in Munich.
Their projects reveal their interest in state-of-the-art technologies. They are a combination of logical thinking and beautiful organic shapes.

Specification

Sofas

Base
Sofa base consists of two legs made of a U-shaped bent metal tube with a diameter of 40 mm. The legs are fitted with adjustable glides. The legs are fixed to the frame of the seat on the inside of its structure.

Seat frame
The frame constitutes the bottom tier of the entire seat. The structural material of the frame is wood, which is upholstered with foam-laminated fabric. The bottom side of the frame is masked with spunbond. The height of the lower part of the seat, or the finished frame, is 100 mm.

Seat and back foams
Seat foam forms the upper tier of the seat, with a height of 100 mm. The foam is flame-retardant. After it is covered with upholstery, it is fastened to the upholstered seat frame with Velcro. It is not intended to be removed.The backrest and armrests are made of flame-retardant foam. After they are covered with upholstery, they are fastened to the upholstered seat foam and the upholstered panel with Velcro. They are not intended to be removed.

Panels and upper panels.

Panels are mounted to the seat of each sofa, at the back of its structure. They are made of a plywood frame upholstered with fabric laminated with 5 mm foam. Panel thickness is 30 mm.  On the outer side of the panels, the fabric has stitching characteristic of the Play & Work line. Panels come in two heights and are available with or without upper panels.

The offered upper panels are upholstered. They consist of a plywood frame + fabric laminated with 5 mm foam; the fabric has stitching on the outer side of the upper panel.

Upper panels are fixed to panels with connectors screwed into holes in the upper panels and then clicked into mechanisms mounted in the panels.

The following panel and upper panel configurations are possible:

LUU - low panel + upholstered upper panel

H - high panel

HUU - high panel + upholstered upper panel 

Tables and pad

Free-standing table

Base: is made of welded 30 mm metal tubes. The vertical tube ends with a horizontal plate to which the table top is fixed. Available base colours are black, white and aluminium. 

Table top: is attached to the base with connectors screwed into the plate welded to the vertical tube. The table top can be made of:

  • 25 mm thick melamine with smooth surface

  • 23 mm solid beech or oak wood with a milled recess in the surface for a pen and a cup.

Writing pad

Available  only for Sofa 1,5 D.

The writing pad is made of 25 mm thick melamine board. 

Sofa 1,5 D has a storage compartment for personal items such as laptop or handbag underneath the writing pad. At the front of the sofa, the storage space is covered with an upholstered foam so its contents cannot be seen from the outside.

Integrated table

Available  only for Sofa 1,5 T.

The table is made of solid wood: beech or oak, with a milled tray in the top. It is attached to the frame of the sofa seat with screw-in connectors.

Table thickness is 25 mm. Sofa 1,5 T can be ordered with an 80 mm wireless charger built into the table top, at the location shown in the figure.

 

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Projects

Adir Group

London, United Kingdom

ABH Investment

Cracow, Poland

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