In the Palm of Your Hand: The Harbor Work Lounge

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In the Palm of Your Hand: The Harbor Work Lounge

Nicolai Czumaj-Bront has worked with Haworth as an industrial designer since 2005, and is now currently Haworth’s Design Lead for Europe. Having grown up in a creative household, he strives to design product solutions with an emphasis on translating the abstract into something tangible.



BY Christina Rae

June 14th, 2016


The Harbor Work Lounge is one of Czumaj-Bront’s most distinctive contributions to Haworth, with its remarkable silhouette inspired by the shape of a relaxed, slightly curled hand. With a sleek suede wing extended out from the principal base of the lounge to mimic the last two fingers of the hand, and a sliding tablet arm that echoes the bends of the thumb, the overall look of the Harbor Work Lounge is one filled with elegant personality.

Harbor Work Lounge - Haworth | Indesign Live

In the design process, Czumaj-Bront considered three principle questions at the heart of the design: “Where do you like to work, how do you like to work, and what do you need to work?”

With the rapid evolution of workspaces and a necessity for versatile furnishings to facilitate a myriad of alternative workstyles, the Harbor Work Lounge is lightweight and flexible, acting as both a cosy individual workstation, or as a more sociable and collaborative hub.

Harbor Work Lounge - Haworth | Indesign Live

The paired ottoman functions both as a pullup stool for a guest and a spare surface for placing notebooks, while the sliding tablet arm is an easily maneuverable and practical surface for laptops. Its extended suede wing also possesses an in-built cup holder – perfect for individual focused work, with all resources easily on hand.

Haworth offers the capability to truly customise the Harbor Work Lounge with a plethora of different fabric and leather colour options for the body of the Work Lounge, to the extended wing segment. For the base, colour options include a vivid red, to the more traditional black, cream, and steel, whilst the tablet arm is available in either a rich walnut or oak timber.

Harbor Work Lounge - Haworth | Indesign Live

For Czumaj-Bront: “Design shouldn’t be dictated by trends, nor should it remain in a particular style of field. Design is everything.”

In the Harbor Work Lounge, Czumaj-Bront has devised the perfect workstation for the ever changing modern workspace.

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