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This company’s ‘superdesk’ gives collaboration a new meaning

The New York-based creative agency The Barbarian Group created a "superdesk" so that all of their employees share one desk.
The New York-based creative agency The Barbarian Group created a "superdesk" so that all of their employees share one desk. The Barbarian Group
The New York-based creative agency The Barbarian Group created a "superdesk" so that all of their employees share one desk. Gallery: This company’s ‘superdesk’ gives collaboration a new meaning

Employees at the New York-based creative agency The Barbarian Group are taking workplace collaboration to a whole new level.

Their newly built “superdesk” allows them all to share one continuous desk – a feature that’s hard to find at most companies.

“The idea is that every department and discipline flows into one another so people run into each other a lot as they’re moving around the office,” company chairman Benjamin Palmer said in a video that announced the design.

The company hired L.A. architect Clive Wilkinson to create the 4,400-square-foot space, which features a wave-like structure, and is filled with nooks and crannies.

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  • In the video, Palmer says the desk used low-cost materials, such as plywood and plate steel, which was cheaper than if they bought standard cubicles and desks.

    At a time when more employees are working from home than ever, with less face-to-face communication, finding new and exciting ways to foster workplace collaboration is essential.

    Palmer says he hopes this design helps things get done faster and more collaboratively, and that it will “facilitate more casual interactions and less time cooped up in a meeting room.”

    Lauren Mennen Philly.com