In late 2014 Opendesk and Kano began an exciting conversation. The topic – let make Kano’s office awesome with open furniture. The results can be seen in the Opendesk case study. Also featured in Dezeen and Wired.
One particular item of furniture attracted a lot of attention. The Kano Demo Unit by (Josh Worley and Joni Steiner) was designed to make storage look beautiful, creating organised mess through a modular pegboard system. Kano’s use of the unit is a fantastic example of this, the computer kits’ colourful components adding pops of colour and vibrancy.
Modularity is a design principle we love at Opendesk. Furniture that can be re-configured to a user’s preference through modular components is a common feature of many Opendesk pieces. The Display Unit takes this principle and applies it to the Kano computer kit experience through a modular pegboard system. Think of it as a piece of infrastructure if you will. It facilitates new behaviours and provides a foundation on which to build activities. In this way, the Display Unit helps create an engaging area for activities and demonstrations in Kano’s east London office. Users can organise storage pots in any configuration they like, allowing them to manage components whilst creating new display compositions. Because the modular pegboard system expands across other items of furniture in Kano’s space, so too can the experience of organising and configuring the Kano kit components through furniture.