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ORB: a different kind of desk


Why are desks rectangular, when much of human culture in terms of shape and form is round? After decades of rectilinear workstations, it’s time for a solution that allows instant ad-hoc team configuration and accommodates all applications.

Orb is a revolutionary desking solution that allows the liberalisation of space through 360 degree circular worktops. We’re not talking simply about cutting corners, far from it, Orb’s design provides the optimal workspace where it is needed, retiring the regimented rectilinear formation.

Orb permits a natural fluidity to the workspace allowing gentle crescents to be created through the simple interlocking of workstations. The tops are available either as a 1600mm full circle starter desk or can be specified with a ‘bite’, allowing the workstations to toggle onto each other to create a more fluid organic layout that is fundamentally of more visual interest.

This will change the way we approach formal workspaces, making the office less regimented, increasing occupancy and challenging the traditional demarcation of space. A standing height desk is available in 2 diameters – 1400mm and 1600mm with or without a bite for touch down spaces or to encourage the variance of posture during the working day.

“As we move into the knowledge age, there is an acknowledgment that the workspace needs to adopt a more agile approach to the planning of space. The desire for offices to feel more domestic is strengthening and Orb has been developed as a response to this, as it deregulates workspaces while still maintaining a logical rhythm.”

Paul Hobson, Product and Design Director, The Senator Group

The circular formation of the workstation uses a single central support that allows the structural elements to be brought into the center and away from the user. As well as offering strength and rigidity, this form of structure is more organic and natural with a central ‘trunk’ that encompasses and carries optional power and data from the floor through to the user. Desk screens radiating from this central point can be added together with individual or dual lighting by Artemide.

Orb desks features a 4 star cast aluminium base, aluminium column with integrated vertical cable management and aluminium cable port with lift off covers. The metalwork is available in White or Black powder coat and the tops can be specified in a choice of MFC finishes with complementary edging detail options.

Orb has been designed to cause minimum impact on the environment, being 99% recyclable and containing over 65% of recycled materials. Orb also supports the environmental case for reducing overall lux levels in the office offering user controlled lighting.