Basque studio Iratzoki Lizaso has designed modular tables with leather details that hark back to traditional office furnishings.
Produced by Basque furniture manufacturer Alki, the Heldu range features several different surfaces that can be joined together to create tables of various lengths.
Small, movable partitions made of leather-covered wood slide across the tabletop, allowing workers to create more private workstations as needed.
“We found the way leather has been used for offices spaces in the past interesting,” the studio told Dezeen.
“It tended to have a status element to it that we tried to turn down a bit in order to make its presence a bit more informal.”
The furniture was constructed using a traditional wood joining technique Iratzoki Lizaso first used in a collection designed two years ago.
“Seeing its success we thought it could be a good idea to take the same principle to office spaces,” said the studio, which was set up in 2016 by Ander Lizaso and Jean Louis Iratzoki – who previously created the “first bioplastic chair”.
“The system principle on which Heldu is based is really simple and effective, so we created a set of accessories that give some warmth and richness,” the pair added.
Wood and leather blocks conceal power sockets and also offer room for a lamp and desk tidy to be placed on the table, which is available in black or white oak finishes.
French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have also designed furniture that aims to bring a more homely atmosphere to the office. Its Cyl system is made from solid wood, and foregoes the usual integrated power solutions to create a “domestic” feel.
Other fresh takes on the role of office furniture include Nendo’s wheelable partitions, designed to aid creativity, and a flat pack desk designed by Konstantin Grcic that transforms into a sofa.
Photography is by Mito.