Designing your own working space
Aug 31, 2012

Creative agency Razorfish has banned any permanent workstations on its premises and has switched over instead to a mutable spatial concept called “Agile Office” that it developed together with the office furniture specialists at Vitra in Weil/Rhine. Razorfish believes that by means of this mobile office concept it can respond swiftly to changes in the market and accelerate work flow.

Depending on the project and the number of staff, a work zone is arranged in the agency on a fixed grid (parking spaces) by means of slot-in-place walls, height-adjustable tables, and individual, and portable drawers – a system that enables any number of designs. The walls are specially made and are available with a sound-absorbing fabric surface, in a version that can be used as a pinboard or with a magnetic finish. Even Whiteboards can be deployed.

Only in the back-office areas do staff members have fixed desks. Everyone else is only in the agency irregularly, otherwise working on trains, at the clients’ premises, or in home offices. This policy not only saves space but means teams can be assembled across the various disciplines as called for by a project. All in all, depending on their personal preferences staff can choose from among some 15 different workstation types.

In order to be a home to all disciplines, there are four club rooms, designed by the staff depending on particular needs and outfitted with the available furniture.

The furniture custom-made for Razorfish has been supplemented by products from the Vitra Office and Vitra Home Collections such as Antonio Citterio’s “ID Chair” and his “Suita” sofa, Jasper Morrison’s “Place” sofa, or Charles & Ray Eames’ “Eames Plastic Side Chairs” in the DSR version.

The Razorfish agency office in Frankfurt, photo © Eduardo Perez/Vitra
The Razorfish agency office in Frankfurt, photo © Eduardo Perez/Vitra
In the creative club zone, Antonio Citterio’s “Suita” sofas, Jasper Morrison “Monopod” armchairs and his “NesTable” keep the mood nicely relaxed, photo © Eduardo Perez/Vitra
Staff at the agency can design their own workstations in line with a layout specified by markings on the floor, photo © Eduardo Perez/Vitra
Waiting zone, configured with Jasper Morrison “Place Sofas” and “Monopod” armchairs as well as Frank Gehry’s “Low Table Set”, photo © Eduardo Perez/Vitra
The agency’s reception area, furnished with Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec’s “Slow Chair” and George Nelson’s “Nelson Tables”, photo © Eduardo Perez/Vitra
Surrounded by white and yellow “Eames Plastic Side Chairs”: the long version Joyn meeting tables and desks in the reception area, photo © Razorfish, Eduardo Perez/Vitra
Informal meeting area with Caddy station and cloakroom facility, photo © Eduardo Perez/Vitra