Makes benching better

Some companies are choosing to condense their real estate footprint, to control costs and reap the benefits of collaboration. With the grid layout of traditional benching, however, their people often find themselves seated directly across from each other. Eye contact, while seemingly an innocent distraction, has serious cognitive costs; estimates of the average time it takes to get back into the flow of work after a disruption range as high as 25 minutes. Addressing these distractions to make benching better is the idea behind Renew Link.

Sketch showing the Renew Link offset angled workstations that preserve open line of sight in a benching system.

Human-centered design

Renew Link reduces distractions by shifting the shape of the work surfaces to an angled pattern. This offsets the seated (or standing) orientation of people working close to one another and creates individual comfort zones that feel generous and private. Individuals are turned at a shallow angle so they have open sight lines for concentrating on their work; turning slightly allows them to check in with colleagues nearby. They can choose to orient their attention while varying their postures naturally.

Flexible working postures

Renew Link’s intuitive adjustments promote movement at work, which ergonomists agree counteracts the negative health effects of staying in any one posture for too long. A soft, paddle-shaped switch moves up to raise the table and down to lower it—an idea so sensible people can use it without looking or even thinking about it.

An open underside allows room to move. Power, cables, and cords travel neatly through a central spine and trough underneath the work surface so they’re easily accessible but out of sight for a visually quiet aesthetic.

Open workspace with Renew Link height-adjustable desk, gray fabric dividing screens, and black Aeron ergonomic office chairs.

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Renew Link

A new level of individual choice for shared work environments