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wellness at work: Italy is increasingly sit-stand!

Smart working by now is an expanding working mode. In Italy as well – at last-  it has been regularly inserted into a regulatory framework thanks to law 81/2017 that deals with key subjects, such as job duration, terms of notice, control methods and so on. And furnishing as well is adapting to this trend; for example with “agile” sit-stand workstations as Linak demonstrates.

“Sons” of smart working are widespread working and coworking. Since work is increasingly itinerant, fast, smart and agile. Meetings are more and more stand-up meetings, but they are also held in lounge areas and in common spaces. Just to make an example, in Milan, the Porta Nuova district is a bulwark of widespread work and coworking. There are many areas that rent workstations in exchange for affordable fees. Getting connected in every place and at any time of the day has become a life habit and new technologies enable us to fully live this change.

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Furnishing as well is adapting to this trend.

Pieces of furniture are designed to make our work simple and healthy wherever we are. From insulating panels to ensure a certain privacy though among people, to “variable” workstations, changing according to Activity Based Office to answer to different activities (for instance the focus room or the phone booth).
Up to sit-stand tables that are so popular  in North European offices and that are gaining ground in Italy as well, in prestigious head offices and in coworking areas. And the sit-stand trend perfectly integrates in the smart-working context.
Media have already highlighted, in different articles, the importance to keep a proper posture at work and to alternate sat down work to standing moments. This behavior enables to prevent disorders such as cervical, backache, dysfunction of the spine, thus reducing discomfort and absenteeism from work. Sit-stand desks, driven by Linak lifting columns, are gaining popularity in many offices and working places in Italy.
Plenty of Italian design companies are following this furnishing trend for office furniture to keep up with remote working, coworking, home office and everything makes a job highly smart. Italy is increasingly sit-stand!

 

Photo gallery:
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Manerba  equipped with linear actuators Linak.
2 Sit stand table with central column by 
Emmeitalia equipped with linear actuators Linak.
3 Sit-stand desk  Estel equipped with linear actuators Linak.
4 It is designed by Tine Mouritsen and presented at Danish LIVINGroom the first sit-stand desk that integrates a power napping pillow. It is equipped with linear actuators Linak.

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Undecided Collection: creative dynamism and refined sensuality.

More and more “indecided” and increasingly fascinating, Manerba‘s Undecided Sofa expands and becomes Undecided Collection. The seating solution designed by Raffaella Mangiarotti and Ilkka Suppanen, includes armchairs, chaise longs and sofas, available in different heigh of backrest and also made with sound absorbing upholstery and coatings to improve privacy.

The mood of Fioraio Bianchi Caffè in Milan (a former flower shop transformed in a romantic  bistrot) was the perfect setting for the presentation of the new seating collection to enhance its sensuality and dynamic creativity and to inspire fascinating environments.

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Undecided Collection is the perfect seating solution for hybrid, contemporary and creative workplaces that respect your privacy.
It is characterized by an adjustable in height backrest, like a “personal colored patchwork”.

Thanks to its high performances and marked chromatism, it defines a new and adaptable landscape that fits to different situations as at work as at home.

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A feminine colour research.

The Manerba’s products have been revised over the last five years in terms of materials, colours and finishes by architect Raffaella Mangiarotti, art director of Manerba.
The result of this research was presented during the event “A Little more Human, a Little more Woman” organized on the occasion of the opening of the new showroom in Milan inside the Jannelli & Volpi Building.

For 10 years Manerba has been led by two courageous and competent women. Two sisters who have taken over the family business. Elisa Manerba, economist, who manages the marketing and sales departments. Grazia Manerba, engineer, who manages the technical department and production.
A soft, in-progress project, developed since 2011, born from the idea of renewing office aesthetics by intervening on colours and finishes. Moving from strictly office to a more human, domestic workplace, with a touch of femininity.

Thanks to the research by Raffaella Mangiarotti, now all the colours of the palette are available on all surfaces defining a broad scope of chromatic moods.
Those working with color know how difficult it is to obtain monochromes on different materials.

 

It sounds easy, but just look around and you will see this is not the case.
From neutral, light colours inspired by Scandinavian taste to lively Mediterranean moods, then techno, with fluorescent and electric shades and finally the more classical.
The same commitment was also called for on the metal finishes: from classical chrome to the entire spectrum of finishes which simulate the more noble metals, both new and aged. Equally fine research was devoted to wood types, laminates and fabrics.

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The result is an extensive database of combinations and scenarios, available for architects.
Manerba sees the study of colours, materials and finishes as a path which evolves continuously and involves architects and clients in a sort of co-design.
The meeting between design and colour implies the selection of materials, suppliers (among these Akzo Nobel and Linak) and the attention to high levels of quality, technical content and standards, ensuring environmentally sustainable products.

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