Hospitality, theater and play at work. From Knoll and David Rockwell, renowned for creating places where people want to be, comes an unrivaled work experience designed to let spontaneity unfold and people complete the story.
Workplace is stage is improv is
playing host to your guest is
what’s mine is yours is ours
is whatever we want right now.
Rooted in Rockwell’s innovations in hospitality, entertainment, and public space, Unscripted is a collection of improvisational elements that cultivate community and creativity for the pace and flow of how you work today.
Throw ideas against the wall—and sketch on it, too. Turn a coffee break into a creative breakthrough from the comfort of a club chair. Unwind in a lounge that compels you to come as you are and leave transformed. Flow from preparation to presentation without breaking focus, or leaving the communal table.
Unite for training, talks and celebrations in a reconfigurable gathering space. Huddle up for a debrief after the big show or, if there’s no event, pick a place to perch for a fresh perspective.
Unleash your ideas and open your mind in a comfortable, creative getaway. You or your team can take refuge, roll up your sleeves, spread out for solo inspiration, rearrange and use every surface for strokes of genius.
Pick up on the communal buzz in a bustling workspace. Hide away and get lost in the hum to get stuff done, or set up shop to see and be seen, open to inspiration or whatever comes your way.
Enliven each moment between here and there in a dynamic, open path that invites serendipity and discovery. Where a friendly chat becomes a meeting on the go, a walkway is a meet-up point or a place to stroll, sit or say hello.
Find your focus in an open workspace with a tranquil vibe. Work hard while keeping good company in a communal, productive setting.
Connect, unplug or collectively unwind in an upbeat hangout. Scan the horizon to welcome a chance encounter or sink down in an inviting seat to reflect and recharge.
Unscripted sets the stage. You are the players.
Time to think is room to breathe is
find your focus is rearrange
what was public into what is now private
is profoundly productive.
Unscripted elements include over 30 products in six categories.
With variety in scale, form, textural material and degree of visual and acoustic privacy, Unscripted borders define open-ended spaces, create a sense of discovery and provide a richness of experience in a workplace that can transform in the moment and evolve over time.
Unscripted steps are building blocks that bring an improvisational, communal experience to spaces where people can be “alone together” or “together together,” and create natural, open transitions from one experience to the next. Rather than a static built-in solution, simple cubic forms plan together in myriad ways, allowing people to define their configuration with a sense of theater and play. Create bleachers, amphitheaters and pocket parks where you can focus, relax or connect. The honest expression of plywood and the durable covered option invite you to climb on the furniture and pick your ideal vantage point.
The warm expression of wood and curved touchpoints of Unscripted tables bring hospitality and an approachable air to the workplace. Ranging from long library tables, to sawhorse tables and drink rails, to easy work tables, Unscripted tables bring a convivial spirit to informal, multi-use spaces. They serve as a creative platform, as the invitation to gather round, disband and come back together again, all in the span of a day. Unscripted occasional tables—from coffee to bar-height— lend a relaxed, eclectic aesthetic to the workplace.
Unscripted seating takes you from low to high, and from a quick perch to a leisurely stasis so you can find your niche. The variety of elements includes roomy individual and modular upholstered lounge pieces, unexpectedly delightful swivel seats, unstructured poufs, and easy stools and benches you can pick up and move. Each inspires hospitality at every turn.
Unscripted uses storage as an activator in the space, putting inspiration within reach by equipping workspaces with easy-access, object-based storage. With a full range of open and enclosed, freestanding and mobile storage elements for both individuals and groups, and an eclectic mix of materials, Unscripted storage serves as a creative toolbox that helps you get to work.
Small conveniences and useful tools lend a personal touch, make you feel cared for, and add to the overall experience.
Workspace is play space
is catch up is break it down
to make it new is open it up is
make a passageway is way find
is wind down.
Unscripted is anything but unplanned. It is the culmination of years of research—by Knoll and Rockwell, independently and together—about the way work is truly done today.
Work increasingly takes places elsewhere. At a coffee shop or lunch counter, walking down the street, sitting on a park bench or perched on a bar stool and, overall, the urge to demarcate or defend individual territory is giving way to a desire for community. Whether alone or with colleagues, planned or the result of happenstance, people are often productive at unexpected moments and in unforeseen settings.
Blurring the boundary between work and play in the office doesn’t diminish the amount of work being done. Instead, it injects a new vitality, creating holistic, open-to-interpretation workplaces that can enhance ingenuity and productivity.
Unscripted takes the notion of planning for spontaneity from an inherent contradiction to a tangible reality: with fairly little effort, furniture can be adapted or reconfigured around you, for whatever you happen to be doing and with whomever you happen to be working at any given moment.
David Rockwell’s decades of experience in restaurant and hotel design is directly translatable to emerging trends in the workplace. Above all, Rockwell knows how to make the people who inhabit his spaces feel comfortable and in control—the protagonists in dramas of their own making—and it’s this same sense of hospitality and empowerment that office workers, liberated from their desks by wireless technology, are seeking.
In theater, from a storytelling point of view, I’ve always believed that what the physical world can do is set the stage for the narrative.
Rockwell Group was founded in 1984 by David Rockwell, FAIA, the firm focuses on architecture and design that emphasizes innovation and thought leadership in environments including restaurants, hotels, cultural institutions and theater. Inspired by live performance, Rockwell Group creates a unique narrative for each project.
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