When it comes to form and function, the office chair has come a long way. The award-winning Aeron chair, introduced in 1994, raised the bar in office comfort. Today, the design classic has some innovative company.
Office in Motion
Architecture Inc.’s Fort Myers studio
Walk into Architecture Inc.’s Fort Myers office and you’ll never be quite sure who’s sitting where on any given day. That’s because everyone’s furniture is on wheels, and office configurations change depending on the team at work and the project at hand.
“We talked a lot about how we wanted to work before we started designing,” says Ted Sottong, the partner who heads up the Florida operations. “How your office looks defines how people look at you as a firm.”
Choosing the right furniture was imperative: Clean lines, clutter-free worktops and wheels — on everything. “It’s important for us to remember that change is an integral part of being creative,” says Sottong. That keeps us loose.”
» What they chose: Vecta, design partner of Steelcase, known for its easily reconfigurable pieces. Everything is on wheels.
» Where they found it: Office Furniture & Design Concepts, Fort Myers, ofdc-inc.com
» Price: Workstations run about $1,200, compared to the traditional cubicle, which costs $2,500 to $3,000.