The Soft Office Collection: breakout furniture with a twist

Functional breakout furniture with the comfort of a sofa.

Designed by leading UK designer and manufacturer Boss Design, The Soft Office Collection consists of Cocoon, Cega and Shuffle - three design seating solutions that work together to create flexible spaces in the modern office, where breakout furniture can make or break a space. 

Created to highlight the importance of touchdown areas, The Soft Office Collection also makes a strong case for acoustics in the workplace.

Cocoon - for the collaborative work

Perfect for team meetings and collaborative tasks, Cocoon blends the function of a traditional desk with the comfort of breakout furniture, with the added benefit of total privacy. The high sides, back and roof form a cocoon that isolates the user from their surrounding environment. Set on wheels, Cocoon can easily be reconfigured and used individually or back-to-back to create private, booth-like meeting spaces. 

Cega - for the private reflections

Cega is a standalone high-back seating solution designed to foster privacy. Its contoured design has been intentionally developed to reduce peripheral vision and external noise while the open top lets ambient light through for optimal use. Clever, innovative and highly functional, Cega's 360-degree swivel allows for enhanced privacy.

Shuffle - for the flexible spaces

Based on one simple unit that can be specified with a high or low back, Shuffle is a modular seating system that lends itself to both private and meeting spaces. Depending on your daily requirements and the task at hand, Shuffle allows you to change your office layout when needed, keeping your options open between casual breakout furniture and a more formal set-up. 

A roundup of London’s best coworking spaces

Premium location, designer furniture, hip eateries... London's coworking scene has set the bar high.

Makerversityat Somerset House London - coworking spaces for professional makers

As the concept of office-sharing continues to thrive, coworking spaces in London are becoming ubiquitous. Stiff competition often leads to innovation with offices striving to stand out from a busy crowd by offering a panoply of facilities and cool features.

Open memberships, members-only clubs, hot desking for freelancers, you name it, there will most likely be a coworking space to provide for it. With facilities ranging from cleaning services, through printing to infinite streams of roasted coffee and hip eateries, London's coworking spaces have set the bar high and they must keep it high if they want to succeed.

Here is a roundup of those spaces to quench your curiosity, spark your imagination and inspire you to make your coworking space more profitable.

Central Working Farringdon

Central Working Farringdon

Bathed in natural light, beautifully furnished and conveniently located, Central Working Farringdon offers stylish coworking spaces as well as a luxurious private office for up to 18 people. A membership-based club for start-ups, Central Working offers five locations across London.

Walthamstow Central Parade

Coworking space and bakery cafe by Gort Scott, London. Photography is by Dirk Lindner.

What used to be a rundown office block has become a hub for local creatives in London's Walthamstow. Renovated by London studio Gort Scott, the mixed-use building now features stylish coworking spaces with varied facilities, maker studios and a bakery cafe.

Google Campus

Campus London

The Google Campus might not have a slide like many Google offices do, but it offers coworking spaces particularly well-suited to tech startups. Designed by Jump Studios, the Google Campus boasts a Lego-clad reception desk, an ‘inspiration wall’, and is the perfect coworking space for those looking to network and meet like-minded people.

Ace Hotel Shoreditch

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch, by Universal Design Studio

More of a communal space than a coworking space per se, the Ace Hotel deserves a spot on this list nonetheless. Comfy sofas, a large communal table, cool furniture designed by local artists, a British eatery and, of course, great coffee, all conspire to make it a worthy contender.

The Office Group at The Shard

The Office Group at the Shard, by Archer Humphreys Architects

Considered to be the pioneer of shared workspaces in the UK, The Office Group prides itself on 27 locations in London alone. Although members can use any site, the coworking spaces on the 24th and 25th floor of The Shard and the panoramic views they offer might be hard to resist. The 33,600 sq ft space offers a mix of private offices, drop-in working areas, lounges and conference rooms available to any business.

WeWork Southbank

WeWork South Bank

Complete with a terrace, bike storage, a game lounge, showers and a communal penthouse space overlooking the Thames, WeWork South Bank is spread over five floors within the iconic Sea Containers House complex. A pet-friendly policy and praised location (WeWork South Bank sits among some of the city’s finest bars and eateries) contribute to a hip, design-led environment open to a vibrant, eclectic community.

Wallpaper Games – transform the common areas of your office

Have you ever sat in a room, trying to fight boredom? Your clients probably have too. 

Design can fix boredom. This is the premise behind Wallpaper Games – an ingenious concept that promises to change the way we see the wallpaper.

Forget aesthetics, geometric patterns and colour combinations. Instead, choose a partner and play a game of tic-tac-toe on the wall of your reception area or waiting room. Take your pen on a journey across thousand-and-one pathways and try to exit the labyrinth covering the walls of your washroom office. Spend some time searching for words among a grid of jumbled letters in your office breakout area.

Aptly named, Wallpaper Games provides an ever-changing playground where interaction fights the stillness of your average wall-covering surface. The interactive range of wallpapers was designed by Paris-based 5.5 Design Studio for spaces where boredom may strike (think washrooms) but we think Wallpaper Games would also be welcomed in collaborative spaces such as office breakout areas and informal meeting rooms.

Far more than a wall covering surface, Wallpaper Games acts as a bridge between design and its users, encouraging people to interact with each other as well as with their surroundings. It is less about choosing a pattern and more about creating your own. 

Wallpaper Games is available in three designs – tic tac toe, maze and word search – all three of which are to be purchased blank, and it is only with time and several contributions that various patterns start taking shape. It is no doubt that such creative design solution would set you up as a progressive business.

Photo credits: 5.5 Design Studio