Great spaces inspire great work.
They can sharpen our focus and shift our perspective, provide moments of clarity or provoke new ideas. The right space can enrich our entire experience. And when we harness its power, we can channel it into everything we do.
For too long, our workspaces were unfulfilling. Offices were optimized for efficiency - often at the expense of our own well being and potential, leaving us with spaces that were functional yet uninspiring, practical yet impersonal.
And so people left. For homes, cafes, and the outdoors, in search of destinations that felt more inviting; spaces that empowered social connection, creative collaboration, personal focus & rejuvenation - to enrich our lives as much as our work.
At Coalesse, we are welcoming people back to the office by making thoughtfully crafted furnishings to create great spaces and inspire great work. Led by insight and driven by design, we cultivate a balance between intent and intuition, beauty and utility, comfort and vitality - to create destinations that bring new life to work.
WilliamsSorel is a California based design studio established by Otto Williams and Jess Sorel in 2007. Prior to launching their own firm, Otto and Jess were the creative force behind Coalesse, by Steelcase. Their designs for Coalesse won more than 20 awards, most notably for Bix and Topo, two systems, which defied conventional office furniture categories. During their tenure at Coalesse, Otto and Jess developed a passion and reputation for exploring the boundaries between work and life in an effort to humanize the modern workplace.
The designers have said "we are thinking less about categorizing office furniture and residential furniture, and thinking more about the experiences of working and living in spaces, and the artifacts you need to support both narratives simultaneously. There's really a move to allow furniture to be furniture again, as opposed to equipment. In a sense, the office is being dismantled."
Together they hold numerous design and utility patents and their work has been published in Abitare, Azure, Contract, Fast Company, I.D. Magazine, Interior Design, and Metropolis. Otto holds a BFA in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design. Jess holds a BFA in Industrial Design from The California College of the Arts.View other products by WilliamsSorel