This Company is Transforming Telephone Booths Into Tiny Offices

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A New York City-based startup called Bar Works has announced plans to convert 15 of Britain’s iconic red telephone booths into tiny offices, Engadget reports. Bar Works hopes their phone box work stations will lend new utility to the boxes, which have fallen into disuse in the age of the cell phone.

The “Pod Works” offices will be available to customers via a monthly £19.99 subscription, and each will be equipped with a printer and scanner, Wi-Fi access, computer monitor, and even a coffee machine. The idea is to allow businesspeople on the go access to a quiet and affordable workspace in the middle of a busy city. The first 15 boxes are located in London, Leeds, and Edinburgh, but Bar Works hopes to acquire more over time. Subscribers will also have access to other Bar Works co-working spaces in New York and San Francisco, The Daily Mail reports.

“Entrepreneurs and others constantly on the move need a convenient, affordable and private place to work,” Bar Works CEO Jonathan Black said in a statement [PDF]. “Why should they sit in Starbucks or any other coffee bar when using one of our Pods will allow them to truly focus on their job before an important meeting or presentation at less than the price of two cups of coffee a week.”

[h/t Engadget]