Allsteel and MNML have partnered together to create an innovative new system, Altitude A8. The collection is made up of several components that work together to provide ease of use and movement for the individual user using a height-adjustable table. It solves a multitude of challenges including cable management, quick access power and data, visual and auditory distractions in seated and standing positions, and storage and mobility.
The core of the system is a discrete under-the-desk 'power drawer' which acts as a hub for all power and cables. The power drawer consolidates the mess of cables found underneath most height-adjustable tables. The system consolidates all cables to a single exit point for an easy connection to the modular and reconfigurable 'power rail' that lives on the floor. A low profile quick access door gives users access to the power strip located inside the power drawer. The privacy screen tucks between desks in a benching configuration and is designed to move with the height adjustable table as the user changes positions throughout the work day. These features allow the A8 system to be easily and reliably reconfigured as teams shift in the workplace.
The soft contours of the upholstered screen, the simple work surface and the wire management trays create a welcoming atmosphere, helping to improve employee satisfaction as well as increased collaboration and improved office culture. The collection provides a simple solution to an otherwise complicated and time-consuming process that stalls productivity and efficiency in the workplace.
"With the A8 we solved two major problems, the privacy and collaboration needs of users and the cable nightmare underneath height-adjustable tables", explained Dave Seal, Design Director at MNML. "When you stand up, the mess of cables underneath your desk is exposed to the world and it's often right in the face of the person sitting across from you. We cleaned it all up with a minimalist bar that floats below the worksurface - the power drawer. Workers are also exposed to the open office, looking out over everyone. It's great for collaboration but not for focused work, so we created screens that balance these needs, providing enough visual peace to work and inviting collaboration at the same time."