The debate around open plan offices continues to rage on; some swear by the idea for its benefits in terms of collaboration, while others discount it entirely as a source of unnecessary distractions. However for those who are in favour of the open plan principle in general but would rather have the option of a quiet retreat for specific tasks, US-based company Cubicall may have the answer.

Cubicall’s Quiet Communication Booths, described by the company as “the modern phone booth”, resemble exactly that. These 1-2 person booths are designed with privacy in mind and come equipped with two USB outlets, a 120-volt outlet, built-in Ethernet cables, and low-heat LED lights controlled via an automatic switch. A fan placed in the ceiling ensures good air circulation to promote effective work, and all this along with a seat and desk is placed in a compact booth measuring just 42” x 42” and stretching less than 8 feet high.

To keep auditory distractions to a minimum, the booth is constructed from sound-dampening money-comb pulp-wood. The interior is decked out with colourful acoustic panels which further help to reduce noise whilst providing an appealing aesthetic.

An additional appeal of Cubicall’s booths is the fact that they are highly customisable, available in a wide range of colours and designs. The walls, acoustic panels, vinyl seat and the carpet can all be finished in your choice of colour, while the interior and exterior walls can now be printed with custom graphics thanks to the functionality offered by Getty’s Open Content Program.

Cubicall’s initial art collection available for printing onto the booths includes classic pieces such as Irises by Vincent van Gogh, Starry Night by Edvard Munch, and Sunrise by Claude Monet. Interior features are then finished to match.

“Artwork is a great way to inspire employees and enhance office design,” says Michael Pucci, co-founder of Cubicall, “Since Cubicall is able to print custom graphics, it was a no-brainer to combine art and culture with utility in the modern office.

“Since the beginning we’ve always had the vision for using artwork on our booths. We were thrilled to learn about Getty’s Open Content Program. But, it’s just the beginning for us. We want to work with local and modern artists, and also let our clients design, draw and paint their own booths.”

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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