Nick’s Corporate Portfolio | Teknion | 2007
District helped corporate workstations break out of the boxed in aesthetic. The taglines “More Out of Small Spaces” and “The Look and Feel of Furniture” were used to communicate this ideal. To achieve this, new storage formats drawing on residential design cues were developed to be spine panel supporting, replacing the monotonous single datum height of the cubicle farm with a varied workplace topography consisting of panels, screens, towers and stacked storage. District played a key role in revitalizing the Teknion brand when launched in 2007. As an intermediate designer on the Teknion design team, Nick's contributions to this extensive product line included: work surface, support and divisional screen design as well as detailed storage design.
District has been added to and changed many times since its launch in 2007. In its original form, it was the capabilities of the storage and surfaces that set it apart, in that they alone could make a functional workstation without the need for panel walls. Then those storage components and surfaces were developed further in order to support straight panel runs. Furthermore, electrified storage was added to the portfolio along with 120 degree planning and freestanding panels for use with height adjustable desks.
Layered work surfaces and storage volumes is one of the defining aesthetic characteristics of the District product line.
The ability to specify a panel with a top trim at the 29" datum allowed District to create clean benching layouts, as seen to the left, using a panel for worksurface support, power and data routing. This was a key differentiator for District when it was introduced. Coupled with a wide variety of storage bank possibilities, District was able to create fully functional workstations in the new bench planning format.