Conventional cubicles have experienced a slow death over the decades. Their own creator, Robert Propst, even despised them. His intention was to create personalizable spaces where workers could experience privacy and reduced distractions. The actuality of the cubicle was far from this ideal. What was intended to liberate employees, instead confined them and stopped the flow of ideas within the workplace. Since the demise of these dystopian contraptions, open office floor plans have been seeking a new iterance of the cubicle — one that satisfies the need for privacy without stifling individualism. So, along came the seating pod. Seating pods offer a haven from distraction and a place to convene with coworkers without formalities of a conference room.
We designed our seating pods with the downfalls of the cubicle in mind. We know that the evolution of the open office space has created divots that need to be filled. Sitting in one spot all day can be mentally exhausting, that’s why pods are a great alternative for escaping the desk. Although, they can be used as a permanent work station; the seating pod represents a choice of locale. The phenomenon of giving workers an option as to where they can work, led to what Robert Propst was trying to attain with the cubicle — workplace liberation. Now, more companies are implementing these kinds of values into their own office floor plan to attract more candidates.
Our seating pods cut down on noise and distractions while serving as a place for alternative office tasks. We created these secluded spaces to help envelop people in their work. The Q-Bo was the first pod we ever designed. It was created with the intent to give workers a semi-private, less formal meeting space. The Bondi Escape Pod was next, offering even more space and the ability to fit up to 6 people. This pod is optimized for teamwork and brainstorm sessions. The walls are fully upholstered, which provides excellent sound insulation. The Honeycomb is a one or two person seating pod. It’s octagonal shape gives it a unique look and provides an excellent space to hide out. Our newest pod, the YingYang, offers a simplistic design that is available in two heights and can be conjoined to form a variety of seating layouts. Any of these seating pods can be installed with power outlets and USB ports.
With over 70% of office floor plans in the U.S. being open and a majority of workers complaining about a lack of privacy and inability to concentrate, it’s no surprise seating pods have become a cost-effective alternative to office renovations. Seating pods can eliminate the stress and anxiety workers have in an exposed environment. Our seating pods serve as the best solution for last-minute gatherings with co-workers, client meetings and brainstorm sessions. They also come equipped with noise-reducing technology, so employees can focus and enjoy some peace of mind in an otherwise cacophonous work setting.