It looks a bit like something out of an old mid-century James Bond movie – a white sphere that unfolds into an on-demand work station, perhaps manned by minions or even their overlord.
The Globus by Artfiort collapses into a minimalist ball on steel supports, then extends and flips to reveal a comfortably encompassing leather seat and work surface (as well as vertical or horizontal screen for looking and touching).
One could also imagine using it as a single-person gaming or television-viewing station, or something deployed in institutional (say, museum) spaces and cycling through educational programs. Really, with all the time we spend at computers, might as well have a custom-built way to spend it – perhaps the two support bars could be built into cement or otherwise-stable floors to save even more space.
From Classic Design Italy, where it’s listed for sale:
“Globus workstation, design by Michiel van der Kley for Artifort is an incredible mobile workstation that can easily be opened and closed according to the situation. The egg-like structure is made of aluminum while the shell is in Baydur (a polymer). When opened it includes a swivel chair and a small desk to place one’s laptop on.”
“The reasonable size and the wheels make the Globus workstation easy to move from one room to another. The Dutch designer Michiel van der Kley’s attention to details make this a true work of art. The break system and the shell opening mechanism are both noteworthy. The external structure is available in white color while the seat is available upholstered in leather or fabric. “
“Globus is an object out of this world, a post-modern sculpture ideal for waiting rooms and modern offices that could also add a space-age feel to your home office or living area.”
“ART & COMFORT …is what this world-famous brand stands for. And for timeless design. Design that endures. Design that is authoritative. From Pierre Paulin and Geoffrey Harcourt to René Holten and Patrick Norguet. Design for sitting, waiting, meeting, storing and discussing. It’s no accident that our delightful, exclusive furniture features in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Centre Pompidou. Artifort means top-quality design by top designers. For the home, office, boardroom or lobby. In the Artifort collection, everyone who attaches importance to form and function will find a design that captures their heart.”