8 9 With materials like pegboard, chalkboard, and cork, the aesthetic is simple and honest, yet effective and progressive. Brian Graham on creating dynamic vertical surfaces. There are a lot less walls in the workplace today. With teams and workloads continuing to grow, we’re being challenged to maximize every inch of space. Now, more than ever, the walls and surfaces need to do more “to earn their place”. San Francisco designer, Brian Graham, partnered with Kimball to create a solution that leverages the wall and makes it as functional as it can be. As real estate continues to shrink, smaller enclaves and tight spaces are becoming incredibly valuable. With the increasing importance of open-plan environments, Work|Able creates the ability to take a wall or space that once wasn’t utilized and give it purpose. tailor to a corporate look, as well as a contemporary or progressive look. I want them to think of it as a kit of parts that can be used over and over on different projects by dialing the look and the feel up or down depending on what the expression is.” Brian is noticing a more direct materiality coming forward and less of the “hide the hardware” theme. Work|Able addresses that by making the placement of the power and data components very direct. Let’s put the outlet there. Let’s plug in the cord. There’s no guesswork, it’s right there in front of you. As an interior designer who evolved into a furniture designer, visual reference material is really important to Brian. He wants things around him that he can refer to quickly and gain inspiration. This philosophy carried over into his design of Work|Able by incorporating tools to display reference material in a direct, non-precious way. This type of flexibility, combined with the honest design of Work|Able, creates a unique aesthetic for a fully functional solution that integrates seamlessly into any space. Let’s Put the Walls to Work. Brian Graham D E S I G N I N S I G H T N º 2 S A N F R A N C I S C O / C A L I F O R N I A D E S I G N E R O F Work|Able Graham Design Designer. Advocate. Advisor. Brian Graham offers a strategic approach in the design, development, and marketing of workplace furniture. Graham’s design solutions have been recognized by the most prestigious organizations in the U.S., including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), The Institute of Business Designers, The International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design, The International Facilities Management Association, and The Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA). “I am very excited about Work|Able being applied in so many different scenarios,” Graham explained. “From something as intimate as making the space between your worksurface and your overhead a lot more functional, to allowing your opposite wall to grow in scale. The possibilities are endless with this solution.” Work|Able also reflects a broader array of visual expressions. With materials like pegboard, chalkboard, and cork, the aesthetic is simple and honest, yet effective and progressive. “One of the things we wanted to do with Work|Able was to increase the range of expression,” Graham added. “I wanted to create something that a designer can