Sebastopol Small Low Table
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.
Emilia Borgthorsdottir opened her San Francisco-based studio, emiliaBorgthor, in 2010, where she works on diverse design projects ranging from CD covers to residential kitchens. A 2009 graduate of the Art Institute of California in Industrial Design, she made her design debut at NeoCon 2011 when Coalesse introduced her first product, Sebastopol — a set of occasional tables. Influenced by one of Borgthorsdottir's favorite genres, 1950s Scandinavian design, and inspired by her own experiments with her living space, it won the gold "Best of NeoCon" award.
Two key elements in Emilia's background influence and shape her design. Prior to her design studies, Emilia was a certified physical therapist and worked as a clinician; she naturally weaves ergonomic functionality in a practical design. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland's capital city, and raised on a volcanic island, her work is also strongly influenced by the beauty and force of nature.
Emilia's work has been exhibited at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, and displayed at the Museum of Design and Applied Art in Iceland.View other products by Emilia Borgthorsdottir