With the growth in open plan offices we were aware there was a need to provide choice and variety to suit a whole variety of demographic and psychological needs and tasks within the workplace. The main driver was to make people more comfortable, creative and productive, retaining their skills and commitment. Workspaces have to become more agile, to reflect the wide variety of functions within the culture of organisations. Tryst was designed to address privacy, socialising, acoustics, comfort and socialisng in the workspace.

With technical advances in mobile technology and its rapid miniaturisation, work became free of the desk and could be undertaken in any place. With the retirement of the baby boom generation from the workplace and the influx of ‘hard wired’ Generation X and Millennials, the way and where people worked shifted quickly to more relaxed and casual spaces and places. The traditional desk no longer reflected the way people wanted to work, especially as the open plan office became the norm.

Tryst was designed to meet the demands of this new casual way of working, collaborating and socialising within the workplace. It provides low landscape sofas for casual socialising as well as high backs for visual and acoustic privacy, a place for intimate and more private meetings. The sofas can easily be formatted into booths to provide working, collaborative spaces with the ability to undertake video conferencing and shared screens. Tryst has canopies with lighting, integrated power and booths to which technology can be added. Tryst is easy to plan and specify because of its rectilinear modules and ability to fit against walls and into corners.




The starting point for Tryst was to create a range of sofas that could be easily transported and delivered to site, often located above ground floor. For large sofas the restriction is often weight and location accessibility. The initiation of the design concept was based around reducing the product to a series of small modular components that could easily be assembled on site.

We started by defining the level of comfort we wanted for a working sofa. Working closely with the manufacture we built a number of prototypes refining the level of comfort and the overall proportions of the sofas. Having fixed the comfort the next challenge was to design the means to connect the modules together. Seats and back modules were tied together by means of the structural steel platform under frame onto which they are bolted. Cast aluminium legs with an oak wood option also are assembled onto the steel platform. The wrap around low and high screens bayonet fix onto the sides and backs and can be simply fitted on site.

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