The creation of a flowing mega desk
The task was to create one flowing ‘mega desk’ – a shared surface that would connect LinkedIn’s people and symbolise the professional networking company’s open, collaborative working philosophy. The height-adjustable, highly detailed, and integrated statement was to encompass the entire fit out; ebbing through 3600sqm and two floors.
Schiavello worked collaboratively with Woods Bagot to develop the design. The sit/stand Krossi Workstation system provided the backbone for the snake-like structure. More than 126 various work points included corner configurations used to create the curvilinear form. Where the desk spanned voids, moved in a vertical direction, or broke off into shared nodes, Schiavello subsidiary Prima Architectural was called upon to incorporate custom joinery pieces, such as the contouring, solid timber reception units, upturned curved panels, and planter boxes. Voids were also addressed through suspended fabricated canopies, which acted as cocooned collaborative zones.
Balancing function and personality
“The message from LinkedIn was strong. They wanted a fun, but professional space,” says Todd Hammond, Woods Bagot Director of Interiors. Expressing an Australian context through motifs and graphics, the space dually reflects the localised market and LinkedIn’s global reach.
Woods Bagot applied various Schiavello products to complement a range of these spaces. Sweeping Palomino Chairs are seen in client and quiet rooms, easily configurable Marina Fold Tables in presentation spaces, while height-adjustable OTM Tables support a range of colour schemes throughout. Meanwhile, Humanscale’s Diffrient World Chair and Liberty Headrest in black leather and the latest stitch detailing – supplied by Schiavello – provides a stylish option for ergonomic task seating.