While the increasingly popular open plan for today's office certainly fosters a new kind of creative communication and conglomerate innovation, the constant stimuli can lead to distraction. The artfully designed and environmentally mindful Hoodie by Koskela of Australia delineates personal space within the collaborative workplace, supplying gentle isolation while allowing for continued contact with the group.
The Hoodie is a desktop screening device that provides both visual and acoustic privacy from the hustle and bustle of the activity based work environment. Because the space it creates is merely occupies a desktop, rather than the floor to ceiling 3 sided box cubicle of old, one may choose when to leave the buzz of the hive mind and enter the personal enclave of the Hoodie to get some productive work done.
Winner of a 2013 IDEA Award, the Hoodie was designed to stand alone or be grouped in clusters, and features optional add ons like internal shelves, data boxes, LED lighting, and comes in a variety of upholstery colors and finishes. The concept is not solely useful in the workplace, but has obvious applications in the classroom or library. The design of the Hoodie is clean, simple and playful. The Desktop version is a portable geometric dome top that can be placed on any work surface, while the Hoodie Integrated is a fully realized work module, featuring stout round legs that support a lovely wooden desk.
Russel and Sasha founded Koskela with a mission to design and manufacture their products with minimal impact on the environment. The Hoodie is made from sustainable timber and water-based glues in local factories by Australian crafts people. Koskela's commitment to the planet is truly laudable, as they work towards a goal of becoming a completely carbon-neutral business.
So, if you haven't seen the new Game of Thrones that Bob is about to spoil, or you just can't take your eyes of the new intern, the Hoodie will allow you turn off, turn on, and do good works.
Photography courtesy of Koskela