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  • 02.08.11

Mobi, a Super Flexible Desk for Today’s Shifting Workplaces

Andrea Ruggiero’s Mobi is the ultimate desk for today’s flexible working world.

Mobi, a Super Flexible Desk for Today’s Shifting Workplaces

Office-furniture designers love to talk about their products as if they were competing in floor exercises at the Olympics. We hear about “flexible desks!” and partitions designed for “ultimate mobility!” All of which is clever marketing aimed at convincing us that a truly athletic open workplace — an office that perfectly fits the free-flowing way people work today — is just around the corner.

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Mobi, the latest from industrial designer Andrea Ruggiero, isn’t much different. It’s a mobile workstation that promises to “be easily moved and intuitively reconfigured.” The difference here is this: It actually lives up to the hype.

How? It’s dead-simple. You’ve got a one-legged table attached to a sound-dampening wall on locking wheels, and that’s it. So unlike traditional partition-based desks, which require all kinds of complex tools and specialists to be be reconfigured, Mobi can be rolled around the office like a wheelbarrow, then arranged with other Mobi desks in dozens of permutations — rows, circles, whatever. No expertise required.

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Mobi is available in North America through the ICF Group. For additional info, go here.

[Images courtesy of Andrea Ruggiero]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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