design

For people who work with people.


Swish by JSI smartly provides the function of a panel-based system with the beauty of casegoods.



The workplace environment is changing. With new generational trends and technological advances, the desire for immediate and constant interaction between people is not just preferred but expected. Segregated private offices have given way to open plan; and isolated task work has become collaborative projects, from top management on down.


Swish was designed with open interaction in mind — for people that work with people. Because of the way Swish allows collaboration to be integrated at each workstation, features like adjustable height tables, mobility, lounge to bar height surfaces and seating, all with the same design details, make casual meeting and spontaneous visitor interaction a part of everyday function.



Swish is designed for JSI by Michael Shields.



Michael Shields, principal of StudioThree, has worked as an industrial designer focused on the contract office and institutional furniture for over 30 years. With six Best of Neocon awards and over two-dozen patents to his credit, Michael continues to provide “out of the box” concepts.

Believing that form truly does follow function, he prefers to improve the way a product works or is manufactured prior to addressing aesthetics. Designing for disassembly, facilitating recycle-ability via single material components, and reducing complexity help reduce costs while fostering environmentally responsible products.

 

Many options available today have a ‘machined aesthetic’ or cookie cutter approach. Our floating top design drives the overall Swish aesthetic; strong horizontal lines that are reinforced with functional layers.

Also key to Swish’s design was creating an electrical system without all the usual specification rules and restrictions, at a price that doesn’t break the bank. We knew we needed the functionality of a panel-based system, yet provide users with the organic beauty that casegoods can offer. Wires pass unnoticed vertically through the uniquely shaped legs and horizontally under the floating top surfaces. This is standard, built into the design so there are no upcharges, grommet specification, or additional parts.

Swish solves these challenges while still addressing sustainability. Lowering walls and panels giving access to daylight, not only increases energy savings, but brings that organic style to the workplace, increasing momentum and productivity. Our system also specifies particularly well for a smarter footprint; with the same functional space as a typical brown box but at a reduced footprint and real estate per person. The additional layered surface areas are perfect for stacks and sorting, the way most of us file our active project work.

Swish is versatile enough to support any work styles (click for more info):