The 'Tomoko' Provide a Sense of Privacy in Open-Concept Offices

By: Katherine Pendrill - Feb 22, 2016
References: & fastcoexist
'Vivero' recently designed a hood-like dome called the 'Tomoko,' which provides a sense of privacy in open-concept offices. While open-plan office spaces have many advantages, they do not provide much in the way of privacy. Now there are a series of hood-like domes that employees can use to create the illusion of privacy in their office.

The Tomoko was designed by Yuki Abe and his partner Anna Salonen. The hood-like contraption consists of a felt dome that eliminates noise and visual distractions. The device can either be set up on a desk or perched above a chair to provide full head coverage. The device not only boosts concentration, but it also acts as a visual signal to colleagues when someone should not be disturbed. As Abe explains, "The experience is that the outside world disappears."

The Tomoko demonstrates one way that furniture can be adapted to fit contemporary office layouts.