ALTER collection by Scott Fitzsimons for Zenith

Apr 28, 2022
  • Article by Tili Bensley-Nettheim

The cultivated frame and soft edges of Zenith’s ALTER collection usher in the ‘destination workplace.’

Designed by New Zealand-based Scott Fitzsimons, ALTER carries a minimal and elegant expression through an extended range of lounge chairs, benches, and coffee tables.

Fitzsimons says that the abundance of work environments now available to the employee has called upon the office to offer more than simply a desk.

Pictured here in American oak black stain bases.

“Whilst certain tasks might still call for a typical desk-based workstation, our work setting can now be our homes, a cafe or a hotel lobby.  It makes sense that our workplaces have to become environments we must actually want to be, rather than simply a place that we have to go to.”

ALTER answers this call with a fundamental aesthetic. The beauty of solid wood is celebrated in the refined frame, gently supporting the soft and inviting seating surfaces above and matched with a warm palette rarely seen in workplace furniture. By humanising the workspace and emulating the aesthetic of the domestic environment, we experience a sense of familiarity and emotional comfort.

The ALTER lounge chairs are fully upholstered in single tone fabric, pictured here with walnut.

Built from solid natural materials that will last beyond passing trends and endure the rigours of the modern commercial office.

“The ALTER range offers a lounge setting that feels familiar, where one can pause alone to focus on the task at hand, and equally, serendipitous connections and social interactions can occur,” says Fitzsimons.

“Advancements in technology have forever altered the way in which we work, with laptops, tablets and phones enabling us to be more mobile and effectively work from anywhere.

All ALTER bench sets and lounge chairs can be paired with an optional high or low table.

Focusing on the aesthetic shift of the office towards emulating that of the domestic environment, employing a warm palette of materials and detailing not commonly associated with office furniture is one of the ways in which we can create that sense of familiarity and emotional comfort within the workplace, much like the home environment or our favourite cafe.

Discover the ALTER Collection at Zenith.

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