Bastian Goecke

officeworks Frankfurt Lounge 01.05.2004 - 18.09.2004 www.bastiangoecke.de/...
An office also works beyond its usual use. The project OFFICEWORKS shows the lounge qualities of an office landscape. The coffee break becomes an event of the fair. The visitor is invited not to work in this alleged working environment but to relax. Technical the lounge elements orientate by classical office furniture and they ensure a high recognition. However, the function of the chairs, tables, and cabinets result from their lounge character. The very striking reversal of the office function excludes any kind of work and creates a pure relaxing atmosphere.

The stressed out visitor recognizes the fair lounge as his or place of employment and can relax free from their working duties. This misuse of the working environment confuses likewise the well-conditioned clerk as well as the workaholic who looks for balance at Afterwork-Parties.
OFFICEWORKS forms the every-day working life to a scenery and questions the functionality of an office. The office environment converted to a fair lounge stages the “coffee break happening”. Will office work itself become a lifestyle event?
OFFICEWORKS is a project of the faculty of product design at the Staatliche Hochschule fŁr Gestaltung Karlsruhe.