Noise, constant rush, buzzing mobile devices, loud conversations and flashing windows on our computer screens – in a contemporary office, we are distracted by many different stimuli that prevent us from concentrating and working efficiently.We need solutions to help us isolate ourselves from our surroundings sometimes. However, it is not always possible to design a sufficient number of separate rooms or a spacious library where everyone who needs to can concentrate. In these cases, implementing solutions in open spaces turns out to be very helpful.
Tepee, designed by British designer Hilary Birkbeck, not only increases the functionality of the office, but also enriches the office decor with its unique look. Panels made of thermoformed felt that consist of a wooden structure are the most eye-catching elements of the system. They resemble a slightly wavy roof sheet, but they are made of pressed felt, which feels nice to the touch. More importantly, the walls are light, easy to assemble and available in many different shapes and sizes, making it possible to create various arrangements quickly.
The office is now in a nomadic state and corporations are also nomadic. They rent buildings – they don’t purchase them any more, and they don’t want to invest in the infrastructure of the buildings. They want to be able to place their product or work environment into an office, so the company can then utilise that office space and, if that company wants to move, it can do so easily. So the furniture or furniture products must be loose and easy to move from one office to another, or even be reconfigurable within that space. The product is very much an environmental thing. We are defining rooms or spaces and work environments with all the furniture we make.
Hilary Birkbeck, Tepee Designer
The walls can be used to surround sofas, desks and tables, so meeting zones as well as places for individual work or teamwork can be sectioned off. High panels arranged with sofas from the Tepee line create an ideal place for holding quick consultations and detailed discussions. This visual isolation from the environment increases employee concentration and efficiency. Lower panels, in contrast, are decorative and help to arrange a coherent space, including the entrance and chill-out zones. Simple sofas provide users with a lot of comfort and make reference to the home office design trend. A friendly, home-like atmosphere is also created by wooden elements, such as round angled legs, that add a feeling of lightness to the furniture. The system’s functionality also increases with built-in tables installed next to the sofas. Freestanding square and rectangular tables are available.
Walls from the Tepee Work line can be fitted with a working table (with or without media ports) assembled at a height that allows users to work in a sitting or a standing position. They also work well when used with desks from other lines, e.g. Levitate.
The material the Tepee panels are made of is noteworthy: the thermoformed felt is produced from recycled PET bottles. Finding a use for this material helps protect the natural environment and matches the mission of many companies who strive to protect nature. Sofas can be upholstered with virgin wool – natural woollen fabrics that are available in a wide range of colours and can be adjusted to any office space.
The eye-catching design, soft lines, natural and eco-friendly materials of the Tepee system enable employers to create various ecological and user-friendly work environments for their employees. And when the need arises, they can change the arrangement quickly and easily.