With Journal, private offices transform quickly and easily to accommodate more collaborative small team environments

Teknion Corporation today announced the preview of Journal – a modern casegoods product inspired by architectural elements and the urban landscape – at NeoCon, North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, from June 9-11 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

“The recent trend towards the open plan office concept is starting to meet with resistance. Although workstyles demand space for collaboration, people still need a place for the heads-down, focused work typically afforded by the private office,” said Chris Wright, Design Principal, figure3. “The Journal casegoods line enables the private office to function for focused, individual work, yet easily transform to accommodate more collaborative team environments. With Journal, the space designed for a single user can now be used by five.”

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Designed by Chris Wright and Steve Tsai of figure3, Journal also addresses today’s ergonomic requirements with its ability to integrate a height-adjustable table option into a casegoods line as part of the standard offering. Journal also supports the integration of technology in the emerging private office.

Other unique features include a pivoting bench and sliding storage. Sliding storage doors conceal effects in the private office, or reveal mounted screens for collaboration, aiding the transformation to a collaborative space. Sliding storage also indicates visually whether the space is in use as a private office, or available for group use. Journal applications include private office, executive suite and meeting rooms. Height-adjustable tables, pivoting bench, wire management options and a wealth of finishes contribute to product and application flexibility.

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“Much of the time, a private office is unoccupied,” said Kaerynne Nakamura, Director, Architectural Products & Casegoods, Teknion. “Conversely, with the trend towards increased collaboration, particularly in small teams, meeting spaces with wire management capabilities and technology support are in demand. With Journal, the private office can be used more often, by more people and to greater effect. Facilities managers can maximize the use of their real estate investment. Journal changes the conversation from quantity of space to quality of space.”

Journal is designed and developed in accordance with DfE standards and protocols, and to comply with BIMA e3 level. It is GREENGUARD certified and manufactured in ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified sites.

In addition to Journal, Teknion will be showing the Livello Counterbalance worktable, Thesis learning and library tables, the Sabrina task chair and Variable multi-purpose seating. New products from Teknion Studio include the Pai compact lounge, Periodic sofa, Noka chair, Juntura wood guest chair and bar stool, Kogen wire table and Lite Wall. New from Suzanne Tick and the Teknion Textiles division are the Duality and Form + Structure collections.


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