What does your desk look like? Chances are that it pales in comparison to The Barbarian Group's 4,400-square-foot behemoth work surface. The digital creative agency worked with Clive Wilkinson Architects to create the unique piece, which serves as the focal point of their inspiring Manhattan office. Read on to see a video of the undulating desk, which is shared by all 125 employees of the firm.
The Barbarian Group’s snaking desk was CNC cut by Machienous using low cost materials such as plywood, MDF, and plate steel. It was then flat-packed, shipped, and assembled on-site, reducing transportation costs and energy. The top surface is a medium density fiberboard, material similar to a surfboard shell, and took a day and a half to be poured on site. According to Barbarian Group, the sculptural piece was lower in cost than standard office cubicles and its unbroken awesomeness symbolizes the continuous flow of ideas and people.
Since everyone is sitting at one desk, the piece serves as the center of the Barbarian community. The energetic movement bisects the open office plan, creating a subtle division of spaces: bookshelves and storage spaces, intimate private escapes, high-counter standing work stations, and collaborative meeting areas. Every section flows into another, creating opportunities for casual interaction and communication as people move from spot to spot.
Photos by Michael Moran