Barbari is presented with simple and basic layers in multiple composition possibilities. The combination of tables, cabinets and panels in this program are all designed in an integrated language. Every piece can create a niche for the other so that one can easily find harbours to hide away and concentratein, even in an open plan layout. This provides a great level of efficiency for every working person.
Increasing amounts of research has proved that a fully open work area creates greater stress and limits the ability of employees to concentrate on their own tasks. The Barbari program presents the option of the system as building blocks that can easily be assembled and disassembled. The soft appearance of these blocks that can be used in combination are a critical part of the design, and one which will enable the architect to customise the system with colours and textures to create a strong & unique character.
Barbari is a progression on the idea of the “frame and desktop” relationship that was initially designed for Calvino. The structure of the system has an expressive language presenting all typically concealed details as a part of the design’s aesthetic. The desktop, corner detail and frame profile present a graphic language expressing their symbiotic relationship despite the available use of different combinations of colour and finish. The same idea is followed through onto the profile above the desktop which serves both as a division screen and as a personal storage space through using flat clip-on trays.
The design’s inherent qualities are presented through the use of alternative finishes for screens and frames. As well as expressing the difference of each element of the structure, unifying all elements with a single colour might also be a Project Design decision depending on the work culture of a company.
Using the same design language of Barbari, meeting solutions are also available. The Barbari meeting table is designed with the same legs articulated for the main design, depending on the length of the table, a vertical cable duct is placed at the very centre to carry all necessary wiring from the floorbox up through horizontal cable management that is fitted all the way along the table. Access to the trays (and plug sockets etc) is easily provided thanks to the flap doors placed in the centre.
Barbari tables are always in rectangular forms with basic geometries. The combinations can vary from a single desk to two, four or six person bench systems.
A solution for management desks is integral to the series by the use of a selection of typologies that combine a basic model with a side attachment to form an L-shape desktop, a model with a side storage unit, or a larger desk with an add-on side workspace.
Designer: Studio Kairos