Organizations have spent millions in coming up with ways to make collaboration happen. They have sampled, tested and piloted a number of applications to help in collaboration between employees, contractors, clients and vendors.

But, this is all old school. I have been seeing this happen over a number of years and it only gets less exciting as time goes by.

Here is something unique. A palette shaped meeting furniture to aid in collaboration.

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The first idea is to break the mundane row seating. The furniture forces employees or students to sit closer and lean in to come out with something better.

The curves on the palette creates nooks and spaces for students to study and brainstorm. The seating structure fits the bill for co-studying, lecturing and for leading discussions.

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The design is based on a painter’s palette. The designers, Menéndez and Gamonal Arquitectos from Spain hope that the design encourages organic collaboration just like the way a painter mixes various hues to come out with something completely new.

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The architects came up with this gathering table for the Classroom Building at University of Oviedo’s Milan Campus.

It is made of hardwood with steel legs. Hanging lights provide the necessary illumination.

There is no way of telling whether this innovative design works. Only time and experience will be the judge.

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