Kuubo by Vitra

13 Aug 2011
  • posted by Veerle Pieters

Finding a versatile working desk/table isn't easy as there is always something that has been overlooked. Personally I prefer the ones that make you hide the clutter. I can't function or be creative at a messy desk. The office solution we will talk about today fits within Vitra’s Citizen Office theme that we talked about some time ago.

Naoto Fukasawa

It isn't the first time the name Naoto Fukasawa pops up here on the blog. Naoto Fukasawa studied at the Tama Art University in Tokyo. After graduating in 1980, he went on to work at the Seiko Epson design office in the US for eight years, before establishing and managing its subsidiary in Tokyo up until 2002. In 2003, he founded Naoto Fukasawa Design. The "Super Normal" exhibition, which he and British designer Jasper Morrison curated together, proved to be a success all over the world.

Kuubo

As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, the Kuubo table is part of the Vitra’s Citizen Office theme that tries to develop and shape the modern office. A new trend within the office world furniture is working together, open communication and new ways to work. This common table can be used as a workstation with a meeting function, or as a team table, a conference table, a temporary workplace, a project table, a space for hosting a drinks reception, and much more. This is how Vitra describes Kuubo:

In designing Kuubo, Naoto Fukasawa has created a table system that exudes purist elegance. Despite its reduction in form, or perhaps precisely because of this, Kuubo lends itself to many different kinds of work processes – particularly where emphasis is placed on a successful joint team effort and where a culture of open communication is encouraged. Kuubo is well suited as a central team table in such an environment, serving many purposes as it can be easily adapted within seconds for different situations and uses. Files can also be stored away in the integrated box compartments and accessed at any time without interrupting the workflow. With these qualities, Kuubo is ideal for project work in team rooms or business centers where a clear desk policy is in place.

Hover the image to see how the compartments open.

Compartments

I like that this Kuubo table has many compartments that can be used as storage space and which can also be locked. Inside you'll also find outlets and network connections. The compartments open with a gas spring mechanism. No cable clutter as cables can be fed through at the bottom of the column base. It really is an elegant large table. Kuubo is also available in a striking combination featuring a dark oak tabletop and column bases made of shiny, anodized aluminum.