shelf + desk + chair = office!

Nendo designs his idea of the 'office space' at Orgatec 2014 in Cologne

by Valentina Ieva
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For Orgatec 2014 (Cologne) Nendo presents his interpetation of the office space with a new installation for Kokuyo Furniture: "shelf + desk + chair = office".

The project tried to capture the spirit of the brand by returning to the fundamental principles of the office and asking what, ultimately, an office is. 

The designer said: "We broke the office down into its smallest components – desks, chairs and shelving - then put it back together again, creating new relationships between the component items to explore the possibilities of future office space.

Instead of opting for the usual smooth, glossy office furniture finish, we used a varied matte finish and carried the muted black through the entire colour scheme. Combined with Kokuyo’s newest chair, the Inspine, the rough, primitive design shelving and table created an arresting contrast".

The installation is composed by following five elements:


Removing some of the shelves turns part of the shelving unit into a desk. Exploring the boundary between horizontal surfaces intended for storage, and those intended for work.


Desks and floorspace appear when the shelves are scattered right and left. An experiment in transforming shelving’s vertical levels into office three-dimensionality.


Shelves and desks mingle, and space appears inside by cutting out their overlaps. Searching for a new way of gathering together and a new spatial relationship with desks, in which we’re enclosed by our desk, rather than sit facing it.


Resting and waiting functions appear when office chairs are partially absorbed into the shelf. A consideration of the boundary between ‘on-‘ (office) and ‘off-duty’ (lobby and amenity) furniture.


Some of the shelves become a staircase. Sitting on them transforms them into benches, and when accessed from behind they’re a closed desk.

Photo credits: _hiroshi_iwasaki


    • Valentina Ieva

      Valentina Ieva


      Bari / Italy

      Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al)