The Flat Pack Office: Revisited

The Flat Pack Office: Revisited

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Taryn Williford
Oct 10, 2008

We featured a post a little while ago about two cool pieces of flat-pack office furniture. Little did we know, those two tables were park of a huge undertaking between Because We Can designers and the eco-conscious employees of Sunpower Corp.. Because they needed to fill an entire empty warehouse with furniture for 400 people, Sunpower was concerned about the environmental impact of producing and shipping such a huge volume of pieces. Together, they came up with an idea for warm, colorful, sustainable furniture. Some really unique ideas after the jump...

The system of flat pack furniture uses no fasteners but instead a friction slot to hold together. All of the furniture seen here was delivered to the site flat, and slotted quickly together onsite with no other tools than a rubber mallet. The CNC-cut slots and tabs perfectly fit together with just enough friction to make everything snug and sturdy.

This makes for more environmentally sensitive tables, for there are less parts, less energy in producing and delivering them, and less effort spent on-site putting them together. More than forty tables and benches were delivered in two trips of a standard delivery van and assembled in about a day.

For cubicle spaces that couldn't be flatpacked, B.W.C. came up with a fun non-standard way to have name tags on the cubical walls that matched the rest of the office aesthetic. The final result was round "Name Plate" that hang from custom hooks. Each nameplate has a slot for a name to slide into, can be relocated easily, and can be color-stained and personalized. The double-sided hook is also really handy, too!

Signs were needed to post information and area names around the office. B.W.C. made the signs eight feet tall, as to tower above the the cubicle walls so they can be seen anywhere in the office. Each sign is double-sided with material for pinning into, so that announcements and such can be pinned up easily.

This is the "box sign" which has a pin board top around the box. Already the various teams have taken these over, turning the boxes into team document in-boxes, lost-and-found bins, or even dioramas. All the signs, just like like all the furniture for this space, are made without screws and can be taken apart easily into smaller pieces.

Can we say that we want to live in this office? We're quickly becoming fans of Because We Can, who also brought you an entire Office inspired by Steampunk.

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