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Orangebox: The transition into hybrid working for peace, comfort, and focus

Steelcase’s On the QT by Orangebox epitomises what the hybrid office should be, with a booth that exudes comfort and a sanctuary-like safety.

Orangebox: The transition into hybrid working for peace, comfort, and focus

Changes in the workplace plaster the headlines nowadays. Hybrid working. The great shift. Unpredictability is rampant in every workplace and home office. Yet after the pandemic, these changes have brought together the greatest minds to understand this shift, how best to utilise it, and offer the control, focus, and equity employees need in this day and age.

In this new hybrid era, spaces for privacy and concentration are just as important as spaces for collaboration and teamwork. And for most, these changes are for the better. Case in point is Steelcase’s On the QT by Orangebox. The modular office phone booths provide a personal space for quick communication and heads-down work, with a modular writable wall surface for jotting notes or conveying impromptu ideas. 

In a time of the shifting workforce and hybrid landscapes, brands need to understand the worker’s needs. Based in the United Kingdom, Orangebox is a designer and manufacturer of furniture for the changing workplace that supports a contemporary aesthetic, and focuses on wellness and productivity. This solution-driven brand offers a pluralism of design choices with alternatives to traditional seating, architectural pods for visual and acoustical privacy, and new collaborative configurations. 

Accompanying behavioural recommendations, such as traffic flow protocols and using personal work equipment, Orangebox’s smart working products facilitate this new workplace paradigm. As one such solution, On the QT addresses the control and equity needed for today’s workforce while providing an ergonomic, flexible workspace ideal for evolving workplace arrangements. The booths themselves offer a moment of respite and coalesce to craft an environment of being at home and the office.

In these insular environments, Orangebox’s On the QT booths achieve the perfect balance between phone or video calls and quiet focused work, with stand and sit configurations that accommodate a multitude of work styles. On the QT delivers both comfort and function by providing high levels of speech privacy, air circulation, and access to lighting and power. 

Available in ‘short’ and ‘tall’ configurations, On the QT supports different functions and occupancy lengths. Its functional design includes the ‘kink’ air gap for increased acoustic quality as well as ventilation, built-in power, lighting and lounge seating.


In its entirety, Orangebox delivers a product designed for privacy, control, and comfort. The shift towards the hybrid era has been fast and unpredictable. It’s Orangebox’s On the QT that offers stability. This sanctuary, this brand, encapsulates all the positives of the hybrid working workspace. With Steelcase having all of Orangebox’s products available across Australia, now is the perfect time to make that transition.


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