Workspheres: Design and Contemporary Work Styles

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Paola Antonelli
The Museum of Modern Art, 2001 - Architecture - 223 pages
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In the past, work has shaped the way we live. In the near future, the way we live may shape the way we work. "Workspheres" creatively confronts the design demands of the ever-evolving contemporary work environment. Featuring design products, prototypes, and models, and part of a groundbreaking 2001 exhibition held at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, this exciting book introduces work concepts originated by internationally recognized designers who address the unique needs of specific work scenarios, including the nomadic office of a business traveler; the domestic office; the virtual office; and more traditional offices in settings configured for group interaction. Featuring projects commissioned especially for "Workspheres" by such avant-garde brainstormers as LOT/EK, Digital Image Design, and Hella Jongerius, interviews with designers extraordinaire Bruce Mau, Michael Brill, and Francis Duffy, and more pictures of chairs, cubicles, and desks that you've ever imagined, even in your most compulsive catalogue fantasies, "Workspheres" is the ultimate consideration of contemporary work space.
 

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Contents

FOREWORD
6
PREFACE
7
WORKSPHERES
8
WORK WAVES
18
1950 TO THE PRESENT
26
DESIGNING THE SPACE OF FLOWS
36
CHANGE BOUNDARIES
44
TOKYO SEOUL TAIPEI AND BANGKOK
46
THE OFFICIAL OFFICE
70
THE INDIVIDUAL WORKSTATION
96
CHAIRS TABLES AND OTHER FURNITURE
108
THE NOMADIC OFFICES
132
DESKTOP OBJECTS
170
THE DOMESTIC OFFICE
198
SIX COMMISSIONED PROJECTS
211
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
218

Interview with BRUCE MAU
52
Interview with MICHAEL BRILL
57
Interview with FRANCIS DUFFY
61
TESTIMONIALS
64
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS
220
INDEX
221
TRUSTEES OF THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
224
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