In collaboration with the NewArtCentre, this self-contained office space is the first in a series of multifunctional work spaces by British design studio Koto. 

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Image: Edvinas Bruzas

Wiltshire-based NewArtCentre, perhaps best known for its outdoor sculpture park, commissioned Johnathon Little, Zoe Little and Theo Dales, co-founders of British design studio Koto, to create a sculptural cabin – part art, part functional work space. 

It’s a critical moment in the work-from-home conversation – with many more people will be looking to make more permanent adaptations to their home to allow for dedicated workspace going forward. 

Take a look this concept - the first in a series of designs - which will be available at various sizes and price points. 

Sculptural form 

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The concept behind the work space was that it should be able to sit alongside sculptures by the likes of Richard Deacon and Michael Craig Martin, and the distinct geometric form took many hours of detailing working with Koto’s fabricators. 

The exterior is a charred timber, drawing on traditional Japanese technique Shou-Sugi-Ban and design philosophy Wabi Sabi - looking for the beauty in imperfection. 

“Wabi-sabi is the perfect remedy to today’s hectic pace and obsession with perfectionism,” explains Dales.

Read more: 5 design-led items to add to your garden

Connection to nature

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Aiming to create a space that’s contemplative, meditative and allows focus, the work space has large glazing on one side only, allowing you to orientate it to the more inspiring view in your outdoor space. 

It will be available both on and off-grid, allowing flexibility with placement of the cabin. 

Prices for the Koto x NewArtCentre work space start from £26,000

 

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