The Harbor Stone™ System is a ground-breaking solution to design an open office for greater team productivity.
The design and engineering team behind Harbor Stone understand that there is a need for a more human-centered workspace solution and designed the Harbor Stone™ System to be responsive, flexible, integrated, and beautiful.
The results break the grid of the workstation products on the market today.
Break the Grid!
With its naturally occurring amorphous clusters, much like those found in nature, the Harbor Stone™ System brings humanity to the workplace. It achieves a flow, a natural balance, and a sense of ease that benefits not only the individual user, but also the overall space. The solution taps into our innate instinctive response to nature, while it also demonstrates what proponents of modern organic design have known — organic shapes actually work better for efficiency.
Today, 9 out of 10 people work in open office environments and 85% of workers say they cannot easily concentrate because it is too noisy or they get interrupted. The average amount of time it takes for people to get back on task after an interruption is about 23 minutes.
Traditional open office benching can be efficient but does it make for an efficient team?
Due to its simple configurability and ability to create odd numbered pods, the Harbor Stone™ System lends itself to irregularly-sharped floor plans creating efficiency.
Linear Bench Layout
0 HARBOR STONE™ SYSTEM SEATS
43 LINEAR BENCH SEATS
43 TOTAL SEATS
HARBOR STONE™ SYSTEM LAYOUT
36 HARBOR STONE™ SYSTEM SEATS
13 LINEAR BENCH SEATS
49 TOTAL SEATS
Creating a Unique Personal Experience
It is no secret that height-adjustable desks are the fastest growing benefit offered by employers today and sales of them to companies of all sizes is expected to grow by double digits over the next 7 years.
Traditional open-office benching lacks quality height-adjustable options.
How it Feels
The organic curve of the desk and privacy screen (a radius of 37”) enfolds the user, allowing them to engage with their workspace in a more natural way.
The height adjustment range of 27” to 45.5” provides an ergonomic work surface for the majority of users. The curved work surface edge allows for an ergonomic reach to various locations on the surface when pivoting from a center seated position. The curved privacy panel and continuous wire scallop allow for consistent focal vision length minimizing eyestrain if multiple monitors are in use.
How it Helps
A significant amount of the system is steel which contains 25-35 % recycled content material. Powder coating is a sustainable closed loop paint finishing system. The system optimizes material by using a minimal kit of parts. The integrated privacy panel eliminates the requirement for traditional furniture spine or additional end panels.
How it Works
Power and data is brought from the floor into a hub, and is then distributed along the Power Beam cabling system. The Power Beams span over the hubs. The hubs allow for multiple-angle beam connections, which accommodate flexible and organic layouts.
Felt sleeves connect the modular electrical system from the power beam to each desk while providing configuration flexibility. The sleeve feeds into a cable tray under the desk, which has ample room for a variety of J-boxes. Cables are neatly tucked into the tray, eliminating the visual clutter of dangling wires.
A convenient cleat is placed under the desk to store personal items.
How it Installs
The Harbor Stone™ System is engineered to install quickly with a limited number of parts. Pre-piloted holes and nut inserts allow for speed of installation with simple tools.
The continuous slot along the back worksurface allows cables to drop at any point into the cable tray below accommodating a variety of desktop technology. For mobile devices, the unit offers a flush, easily-accessible desktop outlet.
Meet the Team
Elkus Manfredi Architects and Studio Other are industry leaders who help influential global companies navigate complex workplace changes.
Elkus Manfredi Architects is a multidisciplinary design firm providing architecture, master planning, interior architecture, and workplace engagement. Founded in 1988, it continues to be a privately owned, global design firm headquartered in Boston and is recognized for design excellence for corporate, hospitality, science and technology, higher education, residential, and retail-entertainment.
Studio Other’s team members are makers and artists with genuine passion for the craft. We want to build spaces that make sense and excite people. We offer deep and thorough understanding; we “get” all aspects of this business.
Everything we do is quality: built to last and function well. And we’ll stand by that. We pride ourselves on taking things to the next level — and we do it all in-house.