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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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Ways of designing, Design & Advisory: Metrica.

People appreciated two very interesting products presented at Salone del Mobile in Milan (Collaborative Room di Estel e Woods di Fantoni) designed by Metrica, while Boccaporto, designed for Koleksyion was awarded at NeoCon and Orgatec.
Metrica is a design studio based in Milan with an international reputation.
Their approach to contemporary furniture design consists of a strong mix of design management and technical advisory.
WOW meets Robin Rizzini, chief designer & partner, and Lucio Quinzio Leonelli, president & managing partner, to know their unique “ways of designing”.

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Is your design approach the same everywhere and with all kinds of companies or does the approach change to the different situations?

Each of our projects has a double soul -imagination and manufacture- and the design of every piece of furniture always takes into consideration its engineering.
That’s why we called out practice Metrica, which evokes ties and stimuli set by production, market and commission, we call it educated design.
Every design is shared with the customer, according to Gantt, and mainly based on two steps. The fist one is the product concept (mood boards, researches and marketing analysis); it also included sketches and technical draws, renders and 3D.
Design & Advisory: the advisory service supports design for new or existing products. It is a flexible model able to adapt to different companies.
We can also offer turnkey projects, from design to manufacture. That mostly occurs abroad and sometimes with start-up companies.

You operates on quite different design markets. Do your analyses show new users life styles and requirements by the users?

Over 50% or our designs goes to the contract market. Pieces of furniture created for public and commercial spaces (offices, museums, libraries, lounges and hotels). Users, whose taste is moulded by the thousands of images found on social media, ask for products with a recognizable look yet offering the same kind of comfort, quality and functionality of a house decor.

How has the workspace vision changed in the past few years and have these changes an impact on the new interior design and furniture products?

What has actually changed is the request for private places for concentration however not excluding light and shared open plan workspaces. The outcome is furniture looking like micro-architectures: collaborative rooms, private offices, hubs, seating like workplaces for informal meetings.

What scenarios and evolutions do you expect for the office and the ways of working in the near future?

Flexibility. “Responsive Space” suiting all the user’s changeable requirements. Waiting rooms that can transform in meeting room or individual workplaces; meeting rooms that can transform in shared offices.

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1 Estel, Collaborative Room, design Metrica.
They are modular cells available in three different range of dimensions, all highly customizable by structure and finishes. Small (able to accomodate up to 2 people); Medium (suitable for meeting and focus group up to 4 people); Large (a real meeting area able to host up to 8 people). They are built with an aluminium structure, customizable with glass sheet or wooden panels covered up with sound absorbing foam. Entrance module with hinged or sliding door or without a door.

 

2 Fantoni, Woods, design Metrica.
A complete series of tables designed for the contract market and specifically for a dynamic working environment. The key feature of the project is the use of wood that accompanied to the comfort offered by the sit-stand table. The design of the leg gives the table a simple and sophisticated look, comprising two telescopic cylindrical elements, one of which is in wood. Inside, an electronic mechanism effortlessly adjusts the height of the table top.


3 Koleksiyon, Boccaporto, design Metrica.
A single freestanding seating unit designed for the contract market able to create a small hideout that interacts with the surroundings space, either be public or office. The upholstered and soundproof shell with integrated recharge and lighting facilities. 

4 Arper, Cross, design Metrica.
A table equally suited for residential spaces, boardrooms and collaborative working environments. Thanks to optional configuration arrangements, it offers a flexible and supportive workspace. Its substantial length, both minimal and architectural, features a sturdy structure with a generous surface that can serve as a temporary meeting ground for group gatherings or a wide co-working station. 

5 Intertime, Mesh, design Metrica.
A reclining lounge chair designed for the residential market. It is made out of a tubular steel frame dressed in a 3D mesh fabric combined with the textiles and leathers of the seating element. These elements are held together by a crafted mechanism that enables the chair to recline and the integrated footrest.

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Neocon: hub of inspiration for new workstyles.

Neocon at its 49th edition confirmed itself as an amazing hub of inspiration for solutions and trends: workplace design is becoming essential for attracting and retaining workers of the Gig economy, Millennials and Generation Z, new faces of this modern work style dominated by the “sharing culture”. Pleasant, warm and healthy interiors answer to the new co-officing, co-creation and collaboration norms.

Adaptive furnishings, privacy on demand, acoustic comfort and sound control, biophilic design and new technology for wireless charging device and immersive visualization experiences are inspiring the new workspace design.
Versatile, modular, reconfigurable, multi-use, highly adjustable products offer flexible and dynamic solutions enable the maximization of different workspace settings: from privacy when desired for one or two users, to collaborative work sessions or impromptu meeting areas.
Lighting, wall partitions, desking and seating, all the components can be reconfigured time and again offering virtually endless configuration options for inspiring and supporting the work, from formal to casual. Serpentine shapes, straight models, transitional units are the new geometries.

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Floors, wall partitions, products in general are incorporating natural materials, nature views and other experiences of the natural world, drawn by the biophilic design trend.

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“The office is unoffice
is the evocative proposal by West Elm, an home furniture brand based in New York expanding innovatively in the workplace solutions.
Neocon always deserves the trip especially this year with the celebration for 100 years of Florence Knoll, legendary and visionary designer, former President of Knoll and founder of KnollTextiles, and the master lecture from Antonio Citterio at the MCA in Chicago, considered one of the most important appointments in the Windy City, together with his month-long retrospective hosted at Luminaire.
Looking forward to see what the 50th Edition will be, it is better to book the trip on time!

Text by Silvia Fattore.


1. West Elm, Haus, design by Qdesign.

A private workstation, inspired by traditional architecture and first-class airline cabins, designed for individual and small group work. Clustered together, the three Haus configurations transform an open office into a dynamic village, a creative community landscape.

2. Buzzispace, BuzziPleat, design by 13&9Design.
Vnner of Best of Neocon 2017 Gold.
Category: Acoustic Panel & Solutions.
BuzziPleat reinterprets ancient techniques used in fashion design, like smocking and pleating, to create large-scale, yet lightweight sculptural forms, made of sound-absorbing BuzziFelt. It combines the hanging acoustic pendants with a light source to marry sound control and illumination in one multi-purpose product.

3. Arper, Parentesit, design by Lievore Altherr Molina.
The bold, graphic forms are available in three shapes a circle, a square or an oval that can be further customized with the addition of a speaker or ambient light, to create a visual element that is as functional as it is modern. The collection is now complemented by the freestanding version, a modular stand alone system for concentration or quiet conversation in shared workspaces or collaborative environments.

4. Fluidconcepts & Design Inc., Orbit, Inline Systems.
Orbit workstations conform to how people actually work by providing single location access to a user’s work area in one continuous ergonomic circumference. They can be complete circular workstations or partial segments. Workstations can be linked in various configurations in snake like configurations, tangents, or as independent pods. Orbit can be specified in multiple diameters, radii and heights. Curved dividers are available in a variety of materials such as laminate, fabric, metal printed and acrylics. Circuit electrical and date system can be specified. The system offers installs extremely fast to create flexible and dynamic workstation environment.

 


5. Steelcase, Surround, design Steelcase Design Studio.
Winner of Best of Neocon 2017 Gold.
Category: Healthcare Guest/ Lounge seating.
A collection of healthcare furnishings designed to support family members in healthcare environments. Surround with 3-seat sleepers, available in 2-seat and 1-seat options supports the family’s dynamic role and involvement, eases their burdens and fosters their wellbeing. Surround supports the activities and moments that matter most from rest and rejuvenation, to productivity, hosting guests and communicating with clinicians.

6. Davis, Q6, design by Jonathan Prestwich.
Winner of Best of Neocon 2017
Innovation. Category: Furniture Collections for Collaboration.
Inspired by how people work today, Jonathan Prestwich has created an all-inclusive line which addresses the need for different kinds of working spaces. Comprised of open seating, screens, benches, tables, and ottomans, Q6 provides a versatile line of stylish and highly functional pieces. 

7. Snowsound USA (Caimi Brevetti), Snowsound Diesis, design by Alessandro Mendini, Francesco Mendini.
Winner of Best of Neocon 2017 Silver. Category: Acoustic Panels & Solutions.
Diesis is a sound-absorbing element with steel base and drapes based on Snowsound-Fiber technology. These pieces feature steel frames at the top that create the sound-absorbing drape, thus assuming precise rays and layers, designed to optimise acoustic performance. Diesis is available in both ceiling mounted or free-standing versions.

8.Interface, Global Change. Design by Kari Pei, Interface Lead Product Designer.
It is the most versatile collection to-date, pairing nature-inspired biophilic design with Interface’s modular flooring system expertise. The collection offers an integrated range of design options that can be composed in a custom-made design. It evokes foliage through artistic interpretation of tree and leaf shading patterns. Biophilic elements and references are also reflected in random patterns and fluid transitions inspired by textures found in nature.

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9.Herman Miller, Prospect, design by Richard Holbrook.
Winner of Best of NeoCon Gold. Category Furniture for Collaboration.
Collaborative and individual creativity in today’s workplaces and learning environments need just the right amount of privacy, Prospect is mission control for individuals and small- to medium-sized teams replete with whiteboards, tackable surfaces, and media display. It’s an ideal place for brainstorming, pinning, and visual thinking that allows people to easily transition between working together and alone.

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Sofa system and lounge seating: are they the new workstations?

Collaboration, concentration and sharing” repeated over and over like a mantra, the keywords of the Workplace 3.0 that require informal atmospheres and dynamic and versatile furnishings to express themselves in the best possible way. That’s how the lounge seating and the sofà systems turn into very inspiring objects for the designer.
Here are some of the most interesting products launched at Salone del Mobile and FuoriSalone.

The perfect settings for smart working are those hybrid areas, borderline between relaxation and work; and also in the transit places of contract world like hotel’s halls; in the fluid in-between areas both public and privacy spaces, too.
So even the sofas have to be hybrid and they are often used as unconventional workstations.

What are the prerequisites for a sofa system?
First of all, they must be pleasant and comfortable to host a meeting in the better way; the look is also most important fore their task is to to liven up and lend a recognizable image to those circulation areas risking to be nondescript: unusual shapes and bright colors are a must.
And they should also be flexible, modular, and transformable, in order to easily change configuration to answer to the different needs.
They are versatile and customizable, sometimes involving the user in a co-design activity.
Sometimes look even like a cocoon and integrate acoustic and visual insulation solutions, to define undisturbed areas.
They are equipper with functional accessories (coffee table, recharge station for devices, fixed and rotating work tables).
As for all kinds of workplace, ergonomics should never be overshadowed.
Here are the amazing seatings for in-between areas launched at Salone del Mobile and Fuori Salone.

Sedus, se:work, Design by Sedus Design Team.

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An ergonomic and multifunctional upholstered furniture to make people feel at home in the office. To achieve perfect comfort when seated, specially contoured back padding provides optimal support for the lumbar region; an elastic membrane composed of cords gives further support under the seat upholstery.
Thanks to its modules, tables and power supply options, it provides unlimited combinations for all kinds of use while creating a flexible office environment. You can choose a standard formation such as a circle, S-shaped, face-to-face or bench, or your own individual layout. It is equipped with various tables and work surfaces.

Blå Station, Bob, design by Thomas Bernstrand and Stefan Borselius.

A sofa, which is supplied by the linear metre. As a result of its narrow construction modules, it is an extremely versatile and self-evident modular sofa in moulded polyurethane with built-in connection fixtures. Bob consists of ve unique, 26 cm wide modules which facilitate almost endless configurations. 

Estel, Dolly, design by Stefano Gallizioli.

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Dolly is a new family of modular sofas, armchairs and benches created to furnish public spaces. The sofa is available also in Privé version, with high backrest that has the function of privacy screen. It can be configurated with two sofas, facing each other and linked by a Privé panel. The Privé padded panel can be équipped with wired table and TV arrangement.

Nowy Styl Group, Tapa, design by Mac Stopa.

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A system of pouffes that combines a striking look with clever functionality.It is a modular solution whose basic element is an “island” consisting of mobile pouffes that turn on a pivot. It ensures different arrangement possibilities in one space using the same modules. The line is complemented with freestanding pouffes whose shape reflects the upper and third level of the basic modular unit.

True Design, DNA, design by Leonardo Rossano & Debora Mansur.

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A captivating piece of furniture, shaped after the helix form, inspired by the dynamic forms of DNA; it consists in a unique construction assembly which is created by a single section of curved plywood, that is mirrored in design to create multiple seating configurations. It is is also available in the upholstered collection, in fabric or leather.

Offect, Dune, design by studio Front (Sofia Lagerkvist and Anna Lindgren).

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Dune is an oasis that comes to life when it is used, it is so airy it almost appears to levitate; it is a large piece of furniture that easily can seat up to eight people”. Despite being so delicate, Dune stands firmly on the ground. Its legs not only support the asymmetrical seat, they also rise above it to hold four table tops that are all equipped with the latest generation usb-sockets.

Segis, Longway, by Bartoli Design.

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New names and new endless configurations the masterpiece of the sofa-system. It is a modular system of narrow and wide ribbons of upholstered seating which undulate to form seats and armrests creating large. The collection includes single and modular elements and creates results never seen before, the alternation of horizontal planes and curves offers a marked visual impact.

Lapalma, Plus, design by Francesco Rota.

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Soft form and easy modularity are the characteristics of this modular system. The seating is wider, deeper and more generous, the structure loses its fine outline and elegant linear design; the new concept is about softness and big-heartedness rounded shapes. It offers a variety of units, and can be used in combination with the Screen partitions that can act as a backrest to the piece, providing welcome intimacy and a feeling of exclusion from the surroundings, with the added possibility of sound absorption.

Manerba, Undecided Sofa, design Raffaella Mangiarotti e Ilkka Suppanen.

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It is created for the perpetual redefinition by changing height and colors: the high upholstered backrest is an invitation to carve out a private corner where to meet without formalities; an acoustically comfortable and isolated place to talk vis-à-vis, leaning on the soft pillows.

Luxy, Puzzle design by Itamar Harari.

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It is a waiting system available in three different modules –one, two seater and an ‘L’ shaped three seater– that could be combined to fully exploit the qualities of the space, decorating with modern style the environment.The geometric modularity of the infinite combinations is enhanced by the design of the seams chosen.

Ares Line, Base, by Frigerio Design.

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A modular sound proofing screens system to create protected individual or relational spaces; places to meet up, focus, relax or participate; affording privacy when necessary, or room for interaction and sharing as needed. It can be used as a simple sound screen, as a seat or a meeting space, since it is versatile by vocation.

Moroso, Bell Lab, design by Ron Arad.

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It was originally a site-specific design for the Bell Lab technological research and development centre, located in New Jersey, and designed by Eero Saarinen. Ron Arad’s idea sets out from the pattern on the hall floor, which is made up of large, rectangular slabs in black, white and grey. The sofa is instead made up of large grey and black cylinders positioned horizontally and overlaid to form the seat and back, creating a flexible interaction with this extremely striking space. 

Alias, Okome, design Nendo.

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Acoustic cocoons and meadows (Ares Line/Fonology, hall 24 stand D15/E12).

Acoustics, ergonomics and proxemics, offer suggestions for new design approaches presented by Ares Line and Fonology at Salone del Mobile inside the Contract Design Network shared stand (hall 24, stand D15 / E12) designed as a “parliament” to display the different brands, by the claim “Space to your time”.

Base, Ares Line, by Frigerio Design.

A modular sound proofing screens system to create protected individual or relational spaces; places to meet up, focus, relax or participate; affording privacy when necessary, or room for interaction and sharing as needed.
It can be used as a simple sound screen, as a seat or a meeting space, since it is versatile by vocation.

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Prà, Fonology, design by Sandro Rai.

Prà is inspired by the iconic Pratone by Gufram (design Ceretti / Derossi / Rosso 1971) and offers new acoustic performances.
The blades of grass, covered with soundproofing fabric, have a metal structure that makes them flexible and allows twists 360 °.The base is designed to be a closed container or a library.

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Sound absorption and warm wood (Mascagni hall 22, stand C29/C35).

Mascagni will present at Salone del Mobile its vision of Workplace 3.0: the evolution of TrèS collection: furnishings and partitions wth high acoustic performances. The stand (hall 22, stand C29 / C35), designed by architect Pietro Mascagni and Alessio De Luca offers a path made of tactile sensations and sounds underlining the concept of natural wood for walls and screen to give the office a home-like mood.

 

Tres screen, Mascagni, design Antonio and Patrizia Mugnoz.

TrèS screen, is the third part of a complex furnishings project that has engaged the company in the last two years, it will be presented at the Salone del Mobile to complete the range of sound absorbing screens and partitions high aesthetic quality.
A balance between privacy and comfort, design and technology.
Sound-absorbing panels (in wood, fabric, glass or laminate) with aluminum structure, allowing a smart and intuitive way to reconfigure spaces and ways of working focusing on user’s needs.

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The bench desk is dead. Long life the nomadic design.

No doubt: the bench desk is dead. I’m writing this death notice, as I would do for someone I respected and I feel the need of finding new answers to the new ways of working and what the market asks for: customized and flexible tables together with a wide range of options for in-between areas. Smart working needs a smart design and the latest trends are addressed to the “third spaces”, as we could see at Orgatec 2016.

In 2002 Vitra launched Joyn, the very innovative bench system designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and inspired by the memories of the happy get-together in the French countryside where the whole family gathered for lunch.
The bench desk was eagerly welcomed (mainly to cut back on, not to be sentimental).
So all the big companies have chosen this typology to equip the huge open plan offices in their headquarters. A new standardization in the interior design of workplace has been applied for over ten years.
But then they realized the office isn’t a joyful countryside and workers are not happy table companions.
So the drawbacks of the bench desk started to be evident: no privacy and irritating noise are the first signs that caused the proliferation of all kinds of acoustic panels. Even the excessive static condition of 6/8 linked workstations causes some significant problems in terms of flexibility, while the static desk tops cause ergonomic problems.
Hence, urban fancies, even somewhat plain (for instance the Garage by Vitra), and new aesthetics have replaced the bucolic visions.

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The number of desks decrease, yet with a higher performance (free standing structure to allow a simple and flexible management, sit-stand tops a.s.o).
And most of all we explore the new-nomadic worlds changed by those mobile technologies -smart working, coworking, cloud computing, traveling working- typical of the places we live in and that affect design, too.
And innovation for the workplace probably comes from the approach to the nomadic design.
Editorial by Renata Sias, editor WOW! Webmagazine

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Bench system Joyn, design by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, launched by Vitra at Orgatec 2002.
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Hack, garage-style system, design by Kostantin Grcic, launched by Vitra at Orgatec 2014.
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Mastermind High Desk, organic and flexible system for creative areas launched by Sedus at Orgatec 2016.

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Healthcare focused on light and colors.

Particular attention is made to the child’s world who, although being in a pained condition of ‘little patient’, must continue living in his dimension. This is the basic concept behind the architectural project by Schiattarella Associati for Pediatric Ward in Rome: thought to make the child feel protected in a new, but at the same time, familiar environment just as if he was “at home”.

The Rome-based firm Schiattarella Associati’s project for the restoration of the Nephrology and Gastro-Enterology Ward inside the Pediatric Pavilion of the Umberto I General Hospital in Rome was commissioned by both the No Profit organization Onlus Nuova Armonia and by 30 Ore per la Vita.
The restoration of this ward has been realized thanks to funds coming from donors and with the same spirit the designing team has given its technical contribution: this is Schiattarella Associati ‘s ethical vision of the Practice.
The key features of the refurbished ward are the rationalised spaces, humanized rooms, creation of a recreation room and a computer room useable by teachers of nursery, primary and secondary schools working inside the Hospital; advanced technology to continuously monitor young patients, digital medical record and video surveillance for severe patients in addition to a high tech area for intensive care to transplanted children and to children in immunosuppressive care. All rooms are thought for the child and his family, improving admission quality.


One of the most high quality elements in this project is the research for natural lighting: we wanted to build a peaceful common space, ensuring each room lot of light coming from the wide full-height windows.
Excellent levels of privacy and comfort are assured thanks to particular architectural and technical tricks such as sun shields, curtains, coloured strips with drawings applied to windows together with an up-to-date air conditioning system.
Spaces dedicated to recreation activities as well as the waiting room, the visitors meeting room and the medical examination and treatment areas are located at the beginning of the ward far from the relax and care areas but next to, and immediately available, medical staff . The ten recovery rooms, all equipped with their own bathroom, electrical and mechanical systems, air conditioning, medical gas systems, audio-video system, data network and specific healthcare furniture in order to create a comfortable and warm space where the child can peacefully sleep.
Each single room is characterised by a color and a fairy tale, told with drawings and words on the windows so that family and child are not disoriented; color is everywhere: on the walls, on the floors and on the furniture all meant to be functional to what they were designed for.
All rooms overlook on a modern contact point made of crystal full-height walls that, thanks to the use of an innovative artificial lighting system made of LED bars with RGB system remote and manual color change, create an amazing environment in which the child can “dive” as if he was in a colored bathtub. Colors can be chosen according to chromotherapy criteria which can be of support to counseling therapy.

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Credits:
Client: Nuova Armonia Onlus
Project: Schiattarella Associati
Project directors: Arch Irene Rinaldi, Arch Emidio Di Nicola
Lighting Design: Arch Carla Maresca
Structure: Riccardo Fibbi, Mauro Scalambretti

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The most innovative privacy elements.

After the collapse of the “office walls”, the noise and lack of privacy are the main enemies in the workplace. Several solutions of noise protection and privacy elements to survive in open plan were launched at Orgatec 2016. They can define private areas with different levels of acoustic and visual privacy to offer personalized answers to different needs: free standing screens with high acoustic performance, articulated “nest” systems that integrate chairs and workstations, or partition walls. The most advanced technology ones are designed as a kit and easy to install thanks to innovative interlocking systems.

Mascagni, TrèS Sound, by Ergon Design.
An innovative sound absorption panel system based upon the principle of the Helmholtz multiple resonator, in combination with the acoustic absorption achieved by means of porous materials, since the panels contain polyester fibers. Both sides of the panel are covered in micro-perforated wood laminate. The linear panels can be also hung at wall or ceiling.

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Universal Selecta, Chakra, design by Universal Selecta R& D .
Chakra is a patented modular system of solid and glazed panels, straight or curved, able to create reserved areas ranging from the simple phone boot up to a more performing and dimensionally extended meeting areas.

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Sedus, se-wall.
A combination of acoustics, design and functionality with an attractive price-performance ratio. It provides privacy, zoning and an acoustic screen while ensuring maximum functionality and flexibility with a wide range of products and numerous customized configurations.

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Teknion, Zones, design by PearsonLloyd.
The collection included semi-private enclosures which can be used as either intimate collaborative settings or a place of retreat for privacy. In addition seating, tables, screens, easels and lighting are available.

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Okamura, Muffle.
Modular acoustic screen system for linear and curved settings, it can house sofas, meeting tables and desks.

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Nowy Styl, Tepee-Work.
Panel system to set temporary workplaces, to connect or divide working people; it is equipped with sit-stand desks and sofas; it is a modular solution that complements office interiors characterised by a division into functional zones.

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Cascando.
Free standing or desk panels characterized by a fresh and informal look between cushions and screen.

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Offect, Soundwave Wall, design by Christophe Pillet.
An acoustic wall stretches from floor to ceiling and thus becomes a part of the architecture in a building, like a prefabricated partition wall. It is designed to absorb in the upper frequency of 250 Hz and above.

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Citterio Wood_Wall.
The craftmanship is just an inspiration, which handed down attention to the materials and their specificity.

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Vetroin, In-Wall.
The first wall which doesn’t use glue but only patented interlocking system. In aesthetic terms the external flush mounting, without profiles that contain the glass overlapping it, makes it possible to keep the glass surface completely in view. It is also at the forefront in terms of security and earthquake prevention.

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10 trends from Orgatec 2016.

Following the WOW! live streaming from Orgatec, here we confirm some of the trends for the workplace identified at the 2016 edition of the exhibition.

Trend 1: furniture 4.0
The 4.0 approach is a cross-trend that transforms the production and involves the final user in design; service and technology are integrated inside the furnishing.

1 Tecno io.T is a smart system of connected furnishings integrated with IT systems to offer solution to managers of smart buildings.
2 Thonet: a flexible radio-controlled numbering system integrated in the backrests of chairs designed in collaboration with Mauser Sitzkultur.
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PrintStool One, Thorsten Franck for Wilkhahn, the stool is the first ready-to-use and customizable furnishing product made by 3D printer.

Trend 2: the sit-stand desk, is a must.
Every company has at least one or more models of height-adjustable desk. In the passage between Halls 10:11 Linak, the most important producer of linear actuators incorporated the mechanisms into outdoor furniture in a garden to remind that smart working allows you to work anywhere (see trend 6).

1 Vitra CDS system, designed by Antonio Citterio. industrial aesthetics and sophisticated mechanism.
2 Design Meets Movement installation by Linak.
3 Sedus furniture systems focused on Productive Wellbeing to promote the movement in the office.
4 Okamura SW heigh adjustable desk designed to offer optimum positioning.

Trend 3: Acoustics.
Sometime acoustic comfort can become an obsession…

1 Offect Sound Wall designed by Christophe Pillet.
2 Koenig + Neurath: too much is too much …
3 Thonet Canon, whiteboard with sound-absorbing function

Trend 4: Glory be to wood!
True, natural and light wood.

1 Haworth, dipped System.
2 Sinetica Use Me, storage system.
3 Citterio Wood_Wall, partition wall system with wooden structure.

Trend 5: So much color!
Bright colors, sometimes unusual in the office such as the purple or salmon pink, coral and burgundy. In addition all shades of blue, perfect color to improve creativity.

1 New color palette by Sedus, inspired by nature to personalize the workplace.
2 Unifor chooses coral color for the desk.
3 Segis choices warm and bright compositions for the Lounge system by Biagio Cisotti.
4 Alias: pink lalmon for Slim seating family, design by PearsonLloyd.

Trend 6: Cocoons for privacy in in-between areas.
The new typologies of furnishing for in-between areas improve efficiency and functional performances to create visual and acoustic privacy in open spaces and common areas.

1 Okamura, Muffle can be assembled in various configurations.
2 Teknion, essential design and wood.
3 Universal Selecta, Chakra is a patented modular system of solid panels or glass to create define closed environments.
4 Alias, Eleven, design PearsonLloyd

Trend 7: The nature in the office.
The benefits of nature for a human centered workplace are confirmed; plants will be integrated in the furniture design. The nature inspires Biophilic design too and suggests color choices that reproduce the outdoor.

1 Interface, new modular carpet collections inspired by Biophilic design.
2 Fantoni integrates olive trees in the desk Hub designed by Matteo Ragni.
3 Offect, On Point designed by Mattias Stenberg integrates plants in the middle off the meeting table.
4 Ersa Edge desk system designed by Claudio Bellini.

Trend 8: home-like office with rocking chairs.
The work-life balance issue is emerging in new seating suitable for cross-lounge, coworking and the workplace that points on hospitality and homeliness and the rocking chair comes in the office.

1 Fun rocking stools by Nurus.
2 Traditional style for the rocking chair by True.
3 Buzzi Balance family, designed by 13 & 9, to encourage conversation.
4 Viccarbe design oriented rocking chair.

Trend 9: home-like office with kitchenette (Upper photo: Estel).
Food promotes socialization; lunch time and coffee break offers the opportunity of informal meeting with colleagues or customers. Smart working is also made of convivial moments.


1 Bralco Domomag, Fornaciari design & Fait, modular assembling container with kitchenette facility.
2 Estel Coffice, convivial multi function islands to create different ways of informal meeting.

Trend 10: sustainability.
Quality of life and wellbeing in the office are strictly related with the wellbeing of the planet. It is not a new trend and constantly increasing; some companies invest in research for new materials and assembly systems designed to life cycle and  eco-sustainability.

1 Driven by its commitment to Mission Zero, Interface has developed a method for using 90% renovable energy and 100% of recycled or bio-based raw materials to made its carpet tiles collections.
2 Offect, Phoenix chair by Luca Nichetto developed in the thorough LifeCircle. All components are exchangeable and renewable. 

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A flexible workplace like a forest.

Junya Ishigami is the winner of the 5th edition of BSI Swiss Architectural Award. We meet him in Mendrisio at the prize ceremony and the opening of the exhibition that collects the projects of all 28 candidates.
In the video interview Ishigami talks about his vision of “flexibility”, the relationship between outdoor and indoor in his design philosophy and explains the KAIT Workshop that represents his ideal workplace.

The exhibition of the fifth edition of BSI Swiss Architectural Award 2016 in Mendrisio offers a snapshot of world architecture articulated through projects by 28 candidates from 17 countries.
Extensive documentation is obviously dedicated to Junya Ishigami, the jury of BSI Swiss Architectural Award 2016 unanimously awarded winner (100,000 francs) for its three works that “create spaces of great beauty and serenity and underline an unusual iconic strenght”: KAIT Workshop (Kanagawa Institute of Technology), the “House with plants” built in the suburbs of Tokyo for a young, recently married couple and the Japanese Pavilion at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (awarded Golden Lion 2008).

According to the jury, Ishigami projects are characterized by “an innovative structural research with no heroism, which results in delicately refined architecture” and “a promising relationship with the vegetal element, interpreted and presented in every changing ways“: the building is a metaphor of a forest, in the KAIT Workshop, or the total the integration between building and vegetation in the” House with plants “.
They are ambiguous spaces, as suggested by the title of the installation of Japan Pavilion “Extreme Nature: Landscape of ambiguous spaces”, vertical uprights irregularly arranged in the space that are both greenhouses and architectures integrated in the landscape.

We can find the same structural research and the same vertical vegetal elements in the house for the young couple in Tokyo where the boundary between house and landscape, -nature and building- gets even more blurred.



This design approach is even stronger in KAIT Workshop: a fully glazed building with slightly irregular shape, located in the center of the campus and surrounded by trees; an uncommon 2000 sqm of “open space” working environment dedicated to manual activities of the students of the Polytechnic of Kanagawa.
It contradicts the axiom flexible environment = regular and standard texture with the minumum number of pillars.
Ishigami explains that his intent is to recreate an outdoor environment inside the building.
Entering from any of the four accesses, the visitor is literally immersed within a surprising forest of pillars.

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Not identical pillars, or distributed according to a regular grid: just like in a real forest of trees, all the metal pillars are different from each other in size and orientation, thin out and cluster together in space to form different spatial pattern apparently without any rule.
You can understand the function of this amazing “forest” -the result of an obsessive and very precise layout- passing through and using the environment, changing depending on the point of observation, offering different perspectives and different functional areas.
The vertical pillars generate places where people meet, or create virtual walls, establishing different degrees of visual permeability, enable workers to find their own privacy in a totally open space environment, or to interact with colleagues with high flexibility.
The approach and philosophy of the KAIT Workshop’s design is the topic of the exclusive interview with Junya Ishigami; he explains why it represents his ideal workplace model.
Photos KAIT Workshop: Enrico Cano

In short:
Title Exhibition: BSI Swiss Architectural Award 2016, curated by Nicola Navone. Architectural Foundation, Lugano, in collaboration with the Accademia di architettura, Università della Svizzera italiana (Mendrisio) and Archivio del Moderno (Mendrisio).
Where: Accademia di architettura (Gallery), Mendrisio.
When: from September 30th to October 23th 2016.

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Junya Ishigami received the prize by architect Mario Botta.

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The revival of felt in the office.

It is not surprising that felt is one of the most interesting WOW! material presented at the Salone del Mobile 2016, and an authentic revival in the office environment. Elastic and resistant, flexible, insulating, soundproof and ecological: felt is the symbol of the new trends of the interior design.

If the office design is rediscovering a material like felt, it is probably because its features meet perfectly the new trends: flexibility, malleability, low environmental impact (felt is made mainly by woolen fibers), with a particular attention paid to noise control, humidity and temperature.
At Salone del Mobile 2016 we found different design objects highlighting the quality and the way felt can be used. We present here the most interesting ones.
Text by Gabriele Masi.

Opening. Wave, Hey-Sign. Wool felt is an ideal material for partition: it optically separates open offices and living environments, absorbing noise and improving acoustics. The room divider Wave is made by 3 mm strong wool felt (5 linear meter per element) arranged in waves to enhance the sound-absorbing effect. The black aluminium frame is almost completely covered with felt. The connecting points are made of felt and allow and easy extension of the structure. The acoustic feature of felt is used by Hey-Sign also for wall panels or desk separators.
2. Wind, Offecct, Jin Kuramoto. “These room dividers are a concept more than individual products”, Jin Kuramoto explains. “They can be seen as a forest of organic shapes, a celebration of the beauty of nature, that also control acoustics like a kind of tuner, and that make the environment more pleasant and friendly.  I think that it will be very nice to have these room dividers as reminders of nature’s beauty in a hospital or a large office landscape, for example. They also make it possible to speak in private even in acoustically chaotic environments.”
3. Tomako, Vivero. A polyester helmet or a giant hat designed by the finnish brand Vivero: an original solution to help concentrating in the office.
4. I Felt Oak, Christian Lutz. Christian Lutz, a student of  the“Design, Manual & Material Culture at University St. Pölten (Austria), has challenged the concept of hybrid modularity, mixing oak wood and felt, trying to answer the question: how much space has to be envolved to call an element “partition”?
5. USM Inos, USM. The USM modularity comes back in the shape of boxes, in 4 different dimensions, adaptable to USM Haller. Designed with the swiss atelier oï, USM inox boxes allow to create different combinations and are easy to pile up. The cover is thought to be used also like an elegant tray.
6. Nascondino, Pierre-Emmanuel Vandeputte. 
Photo Credit Pauline Miko. Nascondino, the italian translation for the game “hide and seek”, is a collection niches, designed for breaks and relax moments. A half-barrier that, letting still see the feet of whomever is seated, realized the concept of the “presence in the absence”.
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No space for boring offices at #VL16.

Office as inspiration and innovation but also as a stimulating, young and dynamic habitat for creative talents. Ventura Lambrate, the FuoriSalone 2016’s area dedicated to new designers, offered some interesting ideas about the way the new generations see the working environment. From the innovative cardboard standing desk helloStandy, to the furniture of the In Our Office project by MA Lund University’s students, to Space Encounters’s Boring Collection, Milano Design Award’s Best Concept prize.

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Ergonomics and Wellbeing
are a priority for the Millennials, but often the offices of young designers or companies seem to be too small to become a productive a enjoyable working environment. To solve this problem the MA students from Lund University (Sweden), School of Industrial Design, has developed In Our Office, a concept of 12 pieces of furniture designed for young creative talents’ offices.

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The furniture itself create a cooperative and funny way of living the working environment: bunk or roll-away workstations, pop-up furniture landscapes, innovative solutions to increase either acoustic insulation and the need of privacy and concentration, blurring the line between informal and working environment and at the same time allowing to maximise the space.

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Healthy and capable of promoting dynamic ways of working: standing desks are a new trend in the office. Sometimes, however, it is impossible to change all the furniture or the interior design of a working environment to make space for them. That’s why Matteo Cracco and Federico De Megni created helloStandy, a simple and easy-to-open 50x50cm foldable cardboard square, 5mm thick, that allows to turn a normal workstation into a standing desk in few seconds.The synthesis of these projects lays in the concept behind the installation-happening Boring Collection, designed by Space Encounters for Lensvelt: sometimes it is not only about furniture, but about the vital energy that a workspace can emanate.
Text by Gabriele Masi.

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Opening Zip it, Rae Bei-Han Kuo. A workplace always have distracting noise or annoying colleagues that don’t allow to concentrate properly on work. Zip It! is a sound insulator chair that can assume different configuration, allowing to live freely the interaction with the working environment.
1. Umbrella, Malin Yngvesson. A lamp created to facilitate privacy and concentration in the workspace, a shield from distraction.
2. Bunk Desk, André Gunnarsson. A smart solution for small offices with chatting problems: a “bunk desk” for new perspectives.
3. Workaround, Sofie Aschan Eriksson. A plastic and wood system, pop-up furniture landscape transforming along with the different activities and needs within a small scale office: a tool for creating trust and relations within a space.
4. helloStandy, Federico De Megni and Matteo Cracco. Presented at FuoriSalone 2016 the “desk extension” was designed to promote a new, healthier and more dynamic way of working”.

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Smart Working and the City: #LavoroAgile16.

What impact has the agile working on the real estate and on the city? We discussed about it in the WOW! Agile Working Island 2016, comparing the experience of the public administration and of investors and private companies. As the Milan Model of UniCredit and the initiatives organised by the Municipality of Milan, as the Agile Working Day, show, smart working brings some changes that go far beyond the office space, designing new urban spaces and new professional figures.

Opening the WOW! Agile Working Island’s Jelly Session “Agile working: what is the impact on the real estate and on the city?”, Chiara Bisconti, councillor for Municipality of Milan for Wellbeing, sport and leisure, human resources and environment, underlined that smart working can be a model for the public administration.
Taking into consideration what has been experienced in the the private companies, Milan’s public administration developed new solutions in the third Agile Working Day, creating new spaces and wi-fi areas throughout the city, allowing people to work everywhere, and giving the chance to the employees of the Municipality to choose one of the public administration’s office to work in, by the simple use of an app.

The public administration, however, is not the only factor leading the change of the urban environment: also private companies, through the introduction of the smart working, create new needs with a strong impact over the surrounding space.
The first factor is the new way of thinking the working environment as Anna Maria Ricco, Head of real estate Italy di UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions, explained The so called Milan Model is an experiment of management lead by UniCredit and based on the desk sharing and on the differentiation of the work setting.
This means less workstation than the workers’ number, encouraging mobility, an organisation of the space based on the workers’s need, with private spaces for calls,  video-class, concentration or formal meetings that comes along with the open space model, organised with a “clean desk policy” for the privacy compliance.
In order to encourage the agile working, UniCredit also created a system of “neighbourhood offices”, called UniCredit Hub, with several workstation that can be book on a web platform.
Finally the new ways of working require different kind of working environment and less work spaces: so what is the destiny of the exceeding spaces? Is it still convenient to invest in the office real estate? What is the evolution of this field? These questions need to be further examined, as Barbara Polito, president of AREL (Real Estate Ladies Association), said.
Most of all, as we have seen the growing success of the co-working space model, there is the need of a new professional figure capable to connect the facility manager to the user: a manager with new competences and able to design a multifunctional space with different services and functions in order to value the space and make it profitable, without the fix income of a company rent, but with a day prize paid by smart workers.
Text by Gabriele Masi.
Pictures 1-4 and in evidence from Chiara Bisconti’ PPT presentation (c)Comune di Milano.

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Balancing privacy and open space: Casio Offices (D2U).

Privacy is one of the main concerns of an open space working environment. That’s why D2U – project manager arch. Corrado Caruso– has included an informal office in the redevelopment of the Casio Italia’s headquarters in Milan: an in-between area equipped with special furniture for private calls or network surfing or for arranging comfortable informal meetings, protected by soundproof elements.

The redevelopment of the Casio offices in Milan had to deal with the reception desk on the ground floor and a narrow and long space (8 x 90m) with a single exposure. Re-arranging the layout, Design to Users (2DU) moved the work areas in an open space located on the southern façade in order to get maximum natural light, keeping three separate closed offices for the management, and building a dedicated space for the privacy need of the workers: the informal office.
This is a non working area where employees can go for private calls or network surfing by standing in touchdown areas or sitting on wooden stools, or  organising informal meetings with colleagues or customers, by sitting in comfortable sofas protected by acoustic panels.

The brand identity of the space is given by the use of the corporate colour Casio electric blue, that create a pattern throughout all the environments over the “tone on tone” grey and white combinations of the structures and walls, the beige PVC floor and the dove-grey work surfaces of the working furniture.
Smart features of the project are a flexible and reconfigurable space, the use of natural, recyclable and sustainable fit-out components and materials and the break area/kitchenette conceived as a central area for staff relationships.
A careful acoustic control of the environment is given by the sound absorbing panels Snowsound Caimi Brevetti’s Snowsound (Mitesco, designed by Michele De Lucchi), storage elements located between the individual work areas, along with the Gyptone acoustic ceilings.
Text by Gabriele Masi.

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Shopify: creativity, acoustic comfort, work-life integration.

Linebox Studio (arch Andrew Reeves) recently designed Ottawa’s headquarters of Shopify, world leading Canadian e-commerce platform, that accommodate over 800 employees. The mandate was to create an innovative and creative workplace focused not just on productivity but also employee health and well-being. The balance between privacy and socialization was achieved by various spatial layouts and acoustic strategies, among these the large sound absorbing light fixtures produced by Luceplan.

The first challenge was to convert a new but standard office tower into a creative innovation hub. The solution was to maximize movement through a myriad of linked communal spaces to stimulate casual, unplanned interactions and informal meetings.

The spatial organization starts from the large open stairs rising through all eight floors, Integrating socializing seating along the side for creative conversations; in addition a large two-storey cafeteria/café space as a flexible performance and social gathering and healthy food venue.
All the workspaces offer a balance of spaces facilitating both collaborative interaction and focused individual work and include a structured ensemble of varied spaces providing workers what they need and want at different times for different tasks according to activity based office model. Each has an assigned “home” workstation; but within a non-hierarchical and vibrant office landscape, choice and control over where work is done resides with each employee: clusters of workstations in open spaces, enclosed boardrooms, semi-private nooks, armchair salons and also upholstered pods, sort of “creativity wombs”.
Enclosed meeting rooms eschew fish bowl transparency opting for visual privacy but with light from strategically placed ribbon windows.
The focus on acoustic comfort suggested various acoustic strategies from calibrated glass for interior windows to large fabric covered light fixtures to absorb sound and reduce echoing: Pétale (design by Odile Decq) and Silenzio (design by Monica Armani) produced by Luceplan (lighting design by Dark Tools.

Each floor has its own theme, all these themes are expressed with authenticity through multi sensorial stimulation: raw materials, custom work by local artisans, graffiti and street art works. Colours are bold and fresh, natural and muted or subtle and sophisticated depending on the theme and functioning of the space. Even olfactory stimulation is considered, provided by a cedar clad lounge in which the aroma of the wood encourages relaxation.
The design of Shopify’s office responds to an emerging idea that moves beyond work/life balance to work/life integration where the work environment can be as comfortable as home.
The two large photos below are by Younes Bounhar.

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Tag Milan Calabiana: a 8500 sqm coworking campus with labs and swimming pool.

Tag Milan Calabiana is Talent Garden‘s coworking campus located in one of the up-and-coming neigbbourhoods of the town, just close to Fondazione Prada. An 8500 m2 space designed by Carlo Ratti Associati for 400 workstations meant for digital professionals. Not just an open space, but also private rooms, labs, training rooms, cafeteria and … a terrace with swimming pool to work outdoors. Not desks, only, but even english and yoga classes.

The space is one of the biggest of its kind in Europe. Talent Garden has invested €1 million in this Coworking meant for the community of digital innovators and it’s the second one in Milano (a third one will be opened in the Sempione district). It is situated in a suburban and mostly industrial estate, 5 stops only from the Duomo Cathedral, and is now one of liveliest city districts.

Davide Dattoli, AD and co-founder of Talent Garden, calls it an “office cloud” that moves its philosophy from square meters to rent to the concept of membership. he quotes ‘’Looking at the high rates of youth unemployment in the entire Europe, it is important for us to support entrepreneurs and help them discover the future methods of working. Now it is the right time to start innovating the workplace culture. This is what we are currently putting all our energy into. Talent Garden Milan – Calabiana campus will duplicate the number of members in the entire Talent Garden network and bridge Italian ecosystem with the rest of Europe.“

The innovative workspace at the heart of Milan was developed in close collaboration with
Carlo Ratti Associati.
To facilitate the meeting of talent, technology and creativity, the historical building – a former printing house, recently transformed in  a fashion showroom by the entrepreneur Marina Salomon – was completely reshaped.
Carlo Ratti, CEO of Carlo Ratti Associati says: “Technology allows us to put the needs of the human ahead of the machine, and this is revolutionizing both the design of workplaces and their social dynamics. Rather than working from home, self-employed professionals favour common areas to share services and ideas. They demand work environments where they are comfortable. This was our vision while designing the interiors of the new Talent Garden branch in Milan. Calabiana is not only about shared offices: it is a laboratory of ideas, a place to establish new partnerships and become part of an international professional network.“
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It is a place of innovation and collaboration, offering the entire infrastructure for creative work and idea manufacturing on 8.500 m². Developed according to guidelines of collaborative design and equipped with the latest technology, the campus aims to foster entrepreneurial interaction and growth.
The campus will host 400 professionals, comprised of freelancers, startups, agencies and large corporations. As corporate coworking demand is now increasing, some of the major players like IBM and Cisco will also establish labs with integrated technologies to be closer to the innovation community. Digital Magics, Italy’s largest publicly traded venture incubator, will join the space as well and take lead on campus startup investments.

Workspaces with smart tools for idea manufacturing and integrated digital technologies turn Talent Garden’s new campus into an accelerator for ideas. Kinect Media Walls, robo administrators and an internal digital platform for communication between members – all are designed for an exceptional experience and to facilitate effective collaboration. The program is rounded off by Tag Cafe, an aperitif area, a rooftop terrace with outdoor activities, a swimming pool, a mini cinema, several event spaces with a total capacity of 1,000 persons and a large open space equipped on the activity based office concepts.
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Another feature of the Talent Garden Milan – Calabiana campus are corporate labs, arranged in partnership with companies such as Cisco and IBM. With their integrated digital technologies their aim is the fusion between innovative startups and large multinationals in order to foster the growth of the local ecosystem. The offer of the new branch is completed by the TAG Innovation School which is focussed on reshaping traditional education and teaching emerging skills.
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How to survive in open-space offices.

We are aware of the benefits given by Smart Working and obviously, as proved by the many articles published in WOW!, even in this number, the smart working mode requires a different logic in planning work environments meant as strategic to the company’s growth. It reduces the space reserved for personal use in favour of collaboration, to improve the spontaneous sharing of information.

Non-territorial and activity-based offices imply an open-space layout in most cases, and even if designed by the book, conscious of people’s wellbeing, comfort and privacy requirements, they may raise some major issues among workers.
Especially if the latter are not involved in the change project or informed about the company strategies. This factor was stressed also during the workshop organized by Sedus and IFMA Italia, to understand the characteristics and evolutions of workplaces and furniture for the Smart Working mode.
As explained in Jena McGregor’s interesting articleOffice designers find open-plan spaces are actually lousy for workers. posted on Washington Post “Innovations in the world of office furniture design have tended to serve one of two purposes. Some are designed to help the corporations who pay for them — open-plan offices are supposed to make workers more collaborative, for example, and cubicles or “hotel” desks help save on real estate costs. Then others are designed to help improve workers’ health — like ergonomically designed office seating, balance ball chairs and standing desks”.
The natural “dislike” for the open space isn’t just an Italian problem, as proved by several articles found on International websites that have analyzed the effects of open space on workers and found that the lack of privacy is one of the strongest stress factors. (Talking About a Devolution: The Privacy Crisis in America’s Offices by Ken Ashley of Cushman and Wakefield ) e and suggest some tips to survey “open workplaces hell” Jaquelyn Smith in her article Tips to survey an open space office.” on stuff.co.nz.
With pragmatism and a good dose of sarcasm, Smith proposes 8 solution for what she considers the chief factors of discontent.
1. Take advantage of private conference rooms.
2. Use the golden rule with your colleagues.
3. Don’t invade your neighbour’s territory.
4. Communicate openly.
5. Use a headset and noise cancelling headphones.
6. Be patient.
7. Don’t complain to your boss.
8. Leverage the situation.
Take advantage of the benefits. Keep your eyes and ears open to what’s going on in the company; approach those on the team when it’s a good time; and observe how successful people operate.
Editorial by Renata Sias, editor WOW! Webmagazine.
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Dieffebi’s solutions for open space.

Launched at the Salone Ufficio 2015, the modular system DotBox Evolution by Dieffebi, designed by Hangar Design Group, provides some well-organized interior design arrangements for open-space typologies, made even more pleasant and lively through the possibile chromatic personalization.

The DotBox system can be used to define private areas,  as it develops both vertically and horizontally through a wide-ranging  matching scheme to reach a perfect blending of storage units and tables.
Dot Box also includes the wire management:  the wide open compartment allows to fit the cables under the base of the wall units so that they can easily reach every single workstation.  The table DotBox allows even the hooking of sound absorbing panels.

Besides the current white and dove grey, more hues are available in the wide range of epoxy coating by Akzo Nobel. A creative freedom also stressed by the transverse line of the drawer units Universal Colors.
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Secretair Sedus: an oasis of privacy.

Sedus cultivates the renaissance of an old type of furniture for casual work places, as a retreat in the open space, a cosy solution for the home office or useful desk in common spaces like university and library. It underlines the effect of productive well-being and close the gap between “main office” and “home office”.

This single workplace created by designer Rüdiger Schaack is small (1200 x 700 mm) but beautiful and easy to position thanks to its castors. A screening textile element and conscious avoidance of conventional table legs contribute to the special character of the versatile piece of furniture.
5-sedus-secretaire-Rudiger-Schaack-wow-webmagazine.The supporting structure consists of a tubular frame construction with a net-like fabric cover, which also functions as acoustic and visual screening as well as supporting the table top. This creates a small haven of well-being that allows concentrated working and further reinforces it with the slanted flanks of this screening.

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