Design : Matteo Ragni design studio
Today our way of working has changed completely. We are faster, more efficient, more flexible. We have learnt to live with a nomadic approach, shedding our expectations of a daily routine that is becoming ever more fluid.
It is therefore no surprise that the demands regarding our working spaces should change too, becoming more flexible, hybrid, ready to change and adapt to different functions, numbers of people, or roles.
Hub is an office system created for this contemporary world. It is a landscape that is ready to change, simple to understand and use, and easy to make your own, because it is designed to be customized day by day, recognizing our need to personalize the spaces that we occupy for many hours a day.
The boundaries between design work and management work are growing ever slimmer, as are all our hierarchies and roles. Hub promotes informal communication, the possibility to change places and rearrange spaces, and to meet and discuss with people in different ways to suit the occasion.
In a sense, it is as if the workplace has become a boundless space, the borders of which are drawn by people, their skills and actions. Hub is the office for this new world, this time in which people are once again taking a central position.
Hub gives us free rein to personalise our workspace. The ultimate modular system, whose perfect geometric structure was developed so that its frame can be used to form independent workstations or multiple arrangements. Hub is sculptural and contemporary, it also embraces the fashion world through a tweed decorative motif. Hub uses fabrics in intense colours, while the black or white frame contributes to cool or elegant locations and facilitates bold combinations.
Hub connects, but it also creates island workstations when privacy is required. The collection includes a system of three self-standing partitions which also serve as storage containers. This practical contribution to everyday work operations also matches Hub’s lines and fabrics. A panel is used to connect the various Hub, workspaces open up or are enclosed; compositions can change in accordance with changing requirements to create new layouts.
The “Hub” collection is made up of modules with 35x35 mm square-sectioned metal frames, epoxy powder-coated in matt white RAL 9016 to match the 35-mm-thick table tops in faced MDF.
The basic module measures 160 x 160 cm, and can be repeated in blocks, using single and multiple bases that ensure the most rational use of the components in each composition.
The modules come in two versions: the first has a 75-cm high frame, level with the table top; in the second, the upright profiles are 160 cm high, and support a square overhead structure. The profiles form a cross overhead, above which is a wooden shelf in the same finish as the table top, which can be used as storage space. Below the overhead is a fabric-covered panel, which can be fitted with built-in lighting, in the form of four LED strips, each with its own individual switch and dimmer.
The cables for the lighting run from the fabric-covered panel through the metal frame to the power supply, located under the table top in the metal tray.
Above the tray, in the centre of the table top, is a removable square wooden panel, featuring 45° cut-off corners to provide access for power cables, data cables, etc.
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