Office Design: “third spaces” beyond the traditional workstation.

Contemporary office spaces are more and more characterized by the importance of those that can be defined as “third spaces” in addition to the usual work stations: a border context that we can define “In-between spaces“. These areas are conceived for welcome, entertainment or collaborative meetings, when relationships become the most relevant moment of the working day. Spaces for answering the person’s global needs during their stay in an “activity setting” office or that define small areas of privacy.

The interest in “third” spaces is proved by the most interesting, contemporary office instances and is even getting stronger.
In the past few days Sedus has organized a one-day workshop on this theme (we are going to deal with this in the next issue of WOW!).
Their quality, complementary with the quality of desks, is more and more strategic for the corporate identity, but also for a better “experiential quality” related to the life style, not only to the work style. All that contributes positively to people retention towards their workplace and their company.
Several examples of  unconventional furniture could be seen at Salone Ufficio, designed for in-between areas, that didn’t just combine several new functions, but even the time variable.
A step beyond multifunctionality,  a sensibility to a dynamism, that becomes an unavoidable  constant in a workplace and often producing  hybrid furniture typologies.
Some interesting planning considerations on the subject of “In-between spaces” have emerged also during the meeting “Office Design: beyond the workstations” held in Milan at Salone Ufficio’s Agorà organized by Scuola del Design- Dipartimento di Design and Consorzio Polidesign del Politecnico di Milano ( speakers: Giorgio Dal Fabbro, Michele Dell’Orto, Jacopo Della Fontana,  Silvia Piardi, Marco Predari, Renata Sias; chairman Francesco Scullica).

1,Steelcase Brody WorkLounge. Provides high performance comfort and support, it features patented LiveLumbar technology, bringing thoughtful ergonomic design to the lounge posture. The adjustable worksurface holds technology at eye level, reducing neck and shoulder strain.
2, Prooff #008 StandTable design Ben van Berkel, UNStudio. At the table, people connect. Unexpected collaborations can be sparked effortlessly and face-to-face interactions invite you to meet, speak, laugh and learn.
3, Zanotta, Shoji, design LucidiPevere. Screen covered with fabric integrated with console shelf.
4, Mascagni, Trés. Panel system made by curved wood , perforated to improve sound absobtion.

5, True Design, Pincettes, design Luciano Dell’Orefice. A set of open dividers which offers ways to isolate without encasing the users.
6, Quinze & Milan, Skew, design Kazumi Okamoto. Modular, flexible,Seduta modulare, flessibile, versatile and infinite seating system.
7, Materia (Kinnarps Group), Couture, design by Marie Oscarsson.
A flexible furniture series, featuring textile details. It is built on a decorative base that creates an exciting in-between space. The range includes sofas, tables and room dividers.
8, Ares Line, Privée, design Progetto CMR. An architecture system for interiors, modular and multifunctional, which allows you to create an oasis of privacy in public spaces.

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