A 2014 study of the effect of office layout on sick leave among 1,852 office employees revealed (unsurprisingly) that an open plan office leads to a much more infectious cold and flu season. But the open concept office also has its merits—collaboration is inherent to the design, which leads the way to innovation.

The open plan office has become a fixture of the business world, but it's important for designers to consider how to provide an environment conducive to working solo as well.

Products editor Hallie Busta showcases five chic and modern surfaces that allow a seamless shift between group work and solo tasks in this article on Architect >>