Dutch furniture design brand Lensvelt, in collaboration with Amsterdam studio, Space Encounter, produced a collection of boring office furniture. The intention was to restore balance between work and play in the workplace. The collection was a comment on the ugly aesthetic of cheap and generic office furniture and the modern trend of intrusive furniture inspired by the Google Offices.
The collection consists of plain grey chairs, partitions, cabinets, desks and a boring bin and clock. Each piece of furniture is made up of conventional shapes and structure in order to be less conspicuous. The ‘fad’ furniture designs introduced to workspaces, in response to the publicity and aspiration of Google, distracted away from the real the purpose of offices, work. However, more importantly, finding the right balance between play and distraction and an environment where one is able to concentrate and focus.
In response to the collection, Dutch artist duo Lernert & Sander, created a film and interesting images of the pieces of furniture. In conversation to Deezeen magazine Lernert Engelberts said, “furniture should not demand too much attention” and used an archetypal manifestation of boredom – aiming a scrunched up ball of paper into a bin – to capture the essence of the project in the film.