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Gunlocke's Silea Open Office Brings Private Office Inspiration To Collaborative Spaces


Wayland, NY –– Conceived and scaled for open plan environments, Gunlocke’s newest collection of wood casegoods – Silea™ Open Office – delivers more of a private office experience, while offering a level of sophistication unlike anything else in the category.

Appropriate for higher-end spaces, Silea Open Office allows the aesthetic range of Gunlocke’s forward-thinking Silea Private Office wood casegoods to extend throughout the entire office, including reception and open plan stations, delivering a new perspective on casegoods for the open office environment.

 Designed for Gunlocke by IDa Design, lead by Principal Mitch Bakker, and located in Zeeland, Mich., Silea Open Office brings the best of Gunlocke’s private office casegoods – substantial construction, the warmth of wood and an unsurpassed fit and finish – to the flexible configurations required to meet the changing needs of a more connected, collaborative workplace. It’s the perfect example of how private office sophistication meets open plan efficiency with clever functionality and style.

“Silea Open Office casegoods’ flexible design adds a new level of sophistication to today’s collaborative and accessible work environment, providing a secure, comfortable workspace,” notes Jason Wolfanger, Gunlocke’s director of product management. “Even though it is classified as ‘open plan,’ our newest casegood collection offers a level of optimized space, privacy and personal storage usually reserved for private office casegoods, even though the walls have come down.”

 Available in a wide range of materials and configurations, Silea Open Office’s sleek, modern design strips away visual complexities, providing a simple, minimal aesthetic that’s light in scale and hosts numerous visual layers of varying heights within the workspace. Its clean lines are emphasized by horizontal veneer patterns, painted surfaces and other mixed materials, including glass and metal.  It is designed to meet the needs of the changing workplace with its unsurpassed scale, function and aesthetic range.

 "At every level of an organization, Silea Open Office carries the same professional, sophisticated look from private offices through support areas, while addressing the unique functional needs of workers throughout the office. It can be customized to blend privacy and collaboration within one configuration to support different roles on project teams.

In management areas, Silea Open Office components can be configured for various workstyles, giving managers greater proximity to their open plan, while still maintaining much of their private office experience. For team-based settings, Silea Open Office’s smaller individual desk footprints, including a conference table end, create opportunities for more collaboration. In environments where technology enables people to “do more with less desk,” scaled-back touchdown stations can be configured to support social, collaborative workstyles, connecting teams and providing places for mobile workers to regroup.  Even the collection’s administrative staff stations include private office elements that lend a custom millwork feel, while offering flexible, open design.

"The line provides designers and end users with the unique performance of wood with the option to customize workspaces in any configuration they desire,” Wolfanger says. “Silea Open Office helps move the Gunlocke brand outside of private offices by taking it into wide, open spaces.”

For more information about Silea Open Office or Gunlocke, contact 1-800-828-6300 or visit

 About Gunlocke

The Gunlocke Company is an industry leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of wood contract furniture: casegoods, seating and tables.  As it focuses on developing fresh, responsive new solutions for the workplace, the company carries forward a tradition of quality craftsmanship, technical expertise and conscientious customer service.  The Gunlocke name is synonymous with design integrity, manufacturing excellence and enduring value. Eight U.S. presidents and leading decision makers in a range of industries have made the company’s products their choice.

 Gunlocke has a growing North American presence, with showrooms located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York City, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Muscatine, Iowa.

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