Public Office Landscape

  • 2015

  • Product
    Furniture and Lighting

Commissioned By:

Herman Miller

Designed In:


Designed by Yves Behar and Fuseproject, Public Office Landscape is the first office
system to support casual work and provide comfort, at the desk, in circulation space, and in group areas – all within a consistent design vocabulary.
Visually uniform with modular surfaces, storage, and seating, it can be configured into a broad range of settings that encourage fluid transitions between collaborative and focused work. Public transforms every part of the office – including the individual desk – into places for greater collaboration.

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  • Understanding the importance of collaboration in the workplace and knowing that it happens most often at the desk, Yves Behar and his team at fuseproject provide solutions that merge casual parts of the office environment with spaces where people work, evenly spreading collaborative zones throughout the floor plan. Collaboration isn't exclusive to conference rooms or desks; it happens everywhere. Public was designed to support fluid interactions and spontaneous conversations across the entire landscape, keeping the office in a state of flow where people are engaged, focused and able to move freely between collaborative and individual modes of work. The design encourages the type of productive interaction that drives organisations forward, based on the belief that the more people connect, the better they work.

  • With a modular kit of parts, Public enables people to work how and where they want. Casual group areas become destinations for brainstorming, teamwork, presentations and meetings. Individual workspaces facilitate sharing and interaction, or productivity and privacy. Public elements can be arranged into configurations that express culture and foster belonging - and that can evolve as needs change. Layers of colour and material create visual consistency and enhance the flow of movement from individual to group activities, and from private to shared spaces.

  • The Social Chair is the core component of the Public system. It brings a new level of ergonomics and functionality to soft seating by accommodating a range of people and postures as they work. The chair encourages the purposeful interactions that drive work - at the desk, in group areas and throughout the entire office. Both literally and figuratively, the Social Chair is designed for connection. Its open, inviting shape encourages people to sit and interact, while its top surface seamlessly links to desks, storage units and other Social Chairs.