Picture this: As soon as you reach the office, you head towards a bold, yellow-coloured booth. With a skip in your step, you pull its meticulously designed wooden handle, and step inside the sanctuary. Here, the incessant chatter outside fades away and you think to yourself, ‘I am glad I booked the MICROOFFICE® pod from home today.’ Before you take a seat, you set the lighting to suit your mood and the efficient ventilation system inside maximises comfort. You feel ready and armed to begin your day on a high note.
And what’s more you have finally begun looking forward to arriving at the office!
This is the truth about the office in 2023. It is much more than a workplace; it’s a destination. Companies are turning the mundane into the extraordinary, transforming work environments into spaces employees can’t wait to step into. In the past year or so, surveys have shown that occupiers most prefer a workplace that allows oscillating between concentration cocoons and collaborative zones.
In this light, SilentLab’s MICROOFFICE® is an ideal product with shining credentials. It has passed the independent ISO 23351-1:2020 testing with flying colours, achieving (and acing) its Class A certification. By comparison, only a handful of pods in the market have this certification.
An Office within an Office: The MICROOFFICE® Story
SilentLab’s team comprises acoustics experts and product engineers who aim to ‘manufacture quiet’. “The initial concept behind MICROOFFICE® was to create a superior alternative to the small, traditional telephone rooms with brick walls for private phone calls,” revealed Jaroslav Vendl, co-founder of SilentLab. “While our first pods excelled in acoustics, the design had room for improvement. This led us to collaborate with PROGRES architekti and develop the second generation of MICROOFFICE®.”
MICROOFFICE® effortlessly combines modern acoustics with minimalist and functional design. It has received numerous design awards, including the Red Dot Design Award 2019, the Good Design Award 2020, and the iF Design Award 2022.
“The shift towards needing more acoustically sound spaces is evident”, says Jan Kanka, co-founder of SilentLab. “In the past, the focus was primarily on single phone booths. Now, we have requests for sizes ranging from one to eight people.”
“The initial concept behind MICROOFFICE® was to create a superior alternative to the small, traditional telephone rooms with brick walls for private phone calls. While our first pods excelled in acoustics, the design had room for improvement. This led us to collaborate with PROGRES architekti and develop the second generation of MICROOFFICE®.”
– Jaroslav Vendl, Co-founder, SilentLab
The Sensational MICROOFFICE® Pod Squad
“The shift towards needing more acoustically sound spaces is evident. In the past, the focus was primarily on single phone booths. Now, we have requests for sizes ranging from one to eight people.”
– Jan Kanka, Co-founder, SilentLab
Finally, the latest SPARK FAMILY stars an easily maintainable exterior, made of powder-coated steel ideal in demanding conditions or dusty environments such as logistics, manufacturing and medical facilities. Its newest member, the MICROOFFICE® SPARK⁴ comes after the resounding success of its predecessors, SPARK and SPARK².
Not Being Heard Never Felt (and Looked) This Good
An inconspicuous yet essential feature is the highly efficient ventilation system, elevating comfort in MICROOFFICE®. Additionally, the Clarity System enhances air quality through ionisation, removing dust, odours, static electricity, and harmful microorganisms. Moreover, MICROOFFICE® incorporates procognitive lighting, which boosts productivity, supports the immune system, improves mental well-being, reduces fatigue, and mitigates the negative effects of blue light on our biological rhythms.
Visuals are an undeniable part of the MICROOFFICE® appeal. Luxe details like wooden handles or rounded edges and their impeccable execution underline the simplicity and perfection of the entire series. The pods are available in various colours, surface finishes, and materials that perfectly match any interior, and adapt to varying needs and aesthetic preferences. In the world of MICROOFFICE®, the enduring strength of glass is thoughtfully accentuated by the infusion of natural elements, including rich wood and sumptuous woollen fabrics. Notably, these natural materials are renowned for their hypoallergenic and health-conscious attributes.
Flexibility and Productivity Woven Into the Fabric
Courtesy of easy assembly and disassembly, MICROOFFICE® is an adaptive product. It can be moved during refurbishing or company relocation. The upholstered elements can easily be replaced in other colours to match a different space. In a way, these pods can be considered real estate investments, ones that simultaneously deliver silence and style.