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Brief Published: 22 Dec 2015

Scale: Modular Workplace Partition


Prompted by the evolution of the workplace, London-based Layer studio has collaborated with Australian interior textiles brand Woven Image to create a modular, standalone partition that accommodates employees’ ever-changing needs.

Using the natural acoustic material properties of hemp, Scale comprises press-moulded triangular tiles that connect to a plastic, skeletal framework to form a double-sided, sound-absorbing façade. Boasting tool-free, out-of-the-box assembly, the system is easily configured to form a repeat, hexagonal structure that is elegantly poised on an aluminium base as a standalone entity that can form curved or straight dividers up to 4m high.

Scale’s modular make-up means the structure can easily be reduced or expanded according to needs, team sizes and events, while the sustainable material choice of recycled plastic instead of metal keeps the product at an accessible price point. Additionally, all materials used within the system are recycled and fully recyclable. 

We noted the growing prominence of sound-absorbing materials in the workspace at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair. Scale extends this notion further to harness adaptability and the rise of the mobile workspace, also explored in Working Smarter. By designing evolutionary products that can transform and adapt to consumers’ needs and environments, their lifespans are likely to be extended. For more on modular design, look to our Design Direction Extend S/S 16 and Personalising Product for customisable solutions maximising product experience.