But, as our eyes were set on bigger things, we needed to step out from our past designs and make something new!
Ken and Sean decided to take it to the streets, to look at how people actually worked. They visited them in the spaces where they worked, to try to understand their needs better and to create a more ideal solution for their workspace.
All told, they visited 11 offices and studios.
After each visit they’d recap and digest what they’d seen and who they’d talked to. Sometimes, over a delicious ice-cream cone. Each trip gave them a new spark of inspiration.
“It was funny, almost every person was immediately embarrassed about their desk when we started looking at it. Their desks didn’t reflect the quality of their work at all."
There are lots of office solutions out there, and if you asked people what they need at their desk, you’d get plenty of answers. But a funny thing happens when you observe, listen, and look, without asking. You can find problems people didn’t know they had, and create solutions they didn’t realize they needed. And usually, those solutions are the ones that are most crucial.
So, Ken and Sean absorbed and dissected all the research and observations, and got to designing.
But how to support it? Sean worked through a variety of shapes and materials to design legs for the desk shelf. He started toying around with cork leftover from a previous product, and presented a concept for a solid cork leg to Ken.