San Francisco, California—The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies have named Studio O+A and OFS Brands winners of a 2012 Good Design Award in the furniture category for their innovative modular workstation, the Edge.
Conceived by O+A principals Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexander and realized by their design team Denise Cherry and Alma Lopez, both of O+A, the Edge is a series of colorful, mobile, adaptable components that may be combined in many different configurations, changing with the workforce that uses it.
Each component is made of plywood with a selection of laminate and fabric finishes. The shapes and sizes of the components suggest their use: long rectangular pieces for group consultation, square blocks for individual work, even a piece with one end raised for those who work best in a reclining position. There is shelving for storage and a functioning bike rack.
Introduced as a featured item in OFS’s First Office division, the Edge epitomizes that line’s focus on contemporary, design-oriented office products. Its versatility and multiform functionality highlight the modern workplace’s shift from segregated, cubicle-defined work areas to open, common spaces that are easily adapted to shifting priorities. Customizing furniture to specific applications is a common practice in commercial interiors, but here that customization capacity is built into the workstation itself. It’s an acknowledgement of how quickly and frequently companies change in the modern economy and a demonstration of how good design embraces that change.
The Chicago Athenaeum is one of the world’s great museums of architecture and design. Its Good Design program was established in 1950 by architect Eero Saarinen, designers Charles and Ray Eames, and the curator of the Museum of Modern Art, Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., to recognize outstanding achievement in industrial, product, and graphic design. In the 63 years since its inception, the Good Design Award has gone to some of the most illustrious figures in the structural arts, including Michael Graves, Sir Norman Foster, Dieter Rams, Issey Miyake, and many others.
About Studio Q+A
Studio O+A was founded in 1991. With a staff of about 23, the San Francisco–based interior design firm has become well-known for workplace design for technology clients, including eBay, Facebook, PayPal, and Yelp, as well as for companies such as Emergence Capital Partners and Levi Strauss & Co.