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A Place of Energy: the Red Bull HQ in Milan.

The Red Bull HQ in Milan express thoroughly the company’s mission: energize people. The architect firm Il Prisma has told the multi-faceted activity of the company all across the space, through four different worksettings, expressing the kind useful energy for a modern workplace: energy is nightlife, energy is take it easy, energy is sport and energy is adventure.

A workplace that “gives you wings” and expresses perfectly the vision of the company. That was the idea behind the Red Bull HQ in Milan, designed by Il Prisma, following their multidisciplinary approach “Redefine your habits, centred on innovation, technology and sensory perception.

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is the leading idea of the project and of the company’s vision that has inspired four different environments.
The “Welcome Experience” areas, as the entrance and the reception, recall the dynamism and amusement of the “Energy of the nightlife”. An experience of sharing, break and working, as well, where Red Bull cans are offered in small coolers on the side of the stairs.

The working environment is inspired by the adrenaline and adventurous activity that the company has sponsored in these years, and it aims to let people express their own talent and go beyond any difficulties.

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The spaces dedicated to teamworking are inspired by the sport’s value: tenacity, dynamism, sharing of the problems and ideas to reach a common goal.
Finally, “Energy is take it easy” is the slogan chosen for the break and relax areas. Slowing down, sometimes, is the key to productivity. Il Prisma has designed a playful atmosphere that helps workers to “recharge workers’ energy” and to create a fertile workplace where ideas are shared and actually take place.
Text by Gabriele Masi.

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Body, Mind and Environment: a 3D wellness in the office.

If anyone has to pick up a concept to sum up the nowadays evolution of the workplace, he would choose “feeling good”. As the biopsychosocial model has become used to defined wellness and health, the environment has been understood to have a fundamental role in shaping the different dimensions of employees’ well-being: physical, psychological and social.

Do you want to improve the level of well-being of the employees working in your company? Start from the environment they live in. The environment, infact, as also the OMS has recognized, highly affects the physical, mental and social state of humans. In the office design, as well, this concept has become essential to build the scaffold of a healthy and productive working ecosystem.


Today’s office design is taking a step forward, in order to keep the workers healthy and therefore more productive. Problems and diseases of the musculoskeletal system due to wrong, long-lasting sitting positions, for example, are prevented by dynamic ways of working, agile workstations, sit-stand working desks, or unusual seats like the Technogym’s wellness ball or the ones that Kinnarps has presented at the last Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair.

Also, the arrival of the IoT has played a fundamental role, helping to improve the quality of the air, the lighting and heating system, allowing also to personalize them through personal smartphones.
Moreover, other services in the office are thought to encourage the employee to take care of themselves: company restaurants with healthy menus and fully equipped gyms come along with wellness rooms and dedicated doctor’s appointment.


If you’ve never heard about happiness at work at work, probably you have been in another planet for the last years. The working environment and HR management get inspiration from the marketing and advertising industries as “creator of experiences”, while it resembles more and more to a theme park, where anyone can try fun and different things. The keyword is “human experience”, a mix of engagement, fulfillment, and empowerment, capable of successfully leading the company through the future challenges.

A new interesting trend comes from the new findings from neuroscience that have brought in the office a new concept of equipped relax areas, music, and spaces capable of reducing stress and facilitate concentration, even in noisy and dynamic open spaces.

Hoofddorp, 19th of March 2017 – Plantronics office. Photo: Mats van Soolingen

Casual meeting as the occasion of new and original ideas. The office design aims to increase the chance of encounter among employees (in-between, break and informal meeting areas) and between the inside and the outside of the company (co-working spaces attracts external professionals while more frequently curious customers visit the exhibition spaces, attend classes or use the services offered by the company’s environment).

The symbol of the social experience of the workplace is the ever-present foosball table and the Dutch Plantronics office’s rehearsal room, while couches, armchairs and kitchen spaces enhance the home-feeling that a working space nowadays has to give. A good work-life balance, at last, helps to live more easily the working environment experience: company’s kindergartens, pets in the office, agile and smart working strategies are just some examples of the more and more blurred boundaries between office and private life.
Text by Gabriele Masi.




Starpool at Workplace 3.0: neuroscience and wellbeing in the office.

Creating wellness in the working environment through new technologies and neuroscience is gonna be one of the main topics at the Salone Ufficio 2017. Starpool will so present his project “Zero-gravity mindfulness”, focusing on two products that create a new way of the office space to take care of the people working in: the dry floating experience of Zerobody and the meditation tracks of Nu Relax.

As it is shown by their claim Wellness Concept @Work, Starpool has always been a company focused on designing services and environment to support the wellbeing in the office. Lately, neuroscience’s findings have changed the way of approaching to this goal. “Mindfulness and inner balance are more and more required at work”, Riccardo Turri, Ceo Starpool. “Zerobody and Nu Relax are conceived like a bridge between the office environment and the scientific research. Knowing how our brain actually works is going to be important to improve our lifestyle in the next future”.
The project “Zero-gravity Mindfulness” (Mindfulness a gravità zero) at Salone del Mobile 2017 aims to create a connection between the new technologies and the last findings of neuroempowerment.

The table Zerobody, designed by Cristiano Mino and realized in collaboration with Neocogita, brings in the office the dry floating experience, a stress relief method, based on the sensation of feeling light like “being on a cloud”. Enveloping softly the body, the water heated mattress of Zerobody creates an ideal physical condition to concentrate and to improve the mental performances.
“Brain is flexible, it gets better or worst depending on how much and how we use it”, says Nicola de Pisapia, Neocogita’s founder. “The dry floating experience takes the person to a meditative condition that activates and thickens important cerebral areas”.
The Nu Relax’s six audio-guided meditation tracks, instead, are all based on scientific protocols and traditional practices like yoga. Nu Relax has being developed to help to face the different challenges and situations we have to deal with during a normal working day: relax, balance, creativity, calm, clarity of mind and brilliance.
Text by Gabriele Masi.



The Vodafone headquarters in Padova (Dante Benini&Partners).

After the Smart Vodafone Village in Milan, Dante O. Benini & Partners Architects designed the Vodafone’s offices in Padova: multifunctional, eco-friendly, open space workplace where materials, colors and lighting create a dynamic and harmonious rhythm, reflecting the ways of working of the company.

The Vodafone’s offices in Padova are a polyphonic environment designed to support the wellbeing of the workers, through the interaction between cutting-edge technologies where different kind of environments and furniture by several companies, such as Sedus, Caimi Brevetti, Arper and Segis. The whole creates a peculiar rhythm throughout the space, dividing, but at the same time unifying, formal and informal, privacy and meeting workspaces.

The project follows the features of the Vodafone Village in Milan, also designed by the same firm Dante O. Benini & Partners Architects: a fully connected, multifunctional and shared open space, with a particular attention to energetic sustainability which candidates the Cittadella to the LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
The key of the project is to enhance through the space the smart, flexible and dynamic ways of working of the company, using visible and tangible elements as materials, colors, acoustic elements, and lighting. While the different colors reflect the switch between two different environments, the lighting system and the space are expanded by the using of honeycomb aluminium papers on the surfaces and on the custom furniture.

The interior design plays with its own elements: the working islands defined by free-standing and self illuminated workstation in a big letter shape are a perfect example as well as the relax area where rocking chairs and furniture are inspired by organic and embracing shapes.
The graphic project by Gr Interior, the repetition throughout the space of models, materials and geometrical elements creates connected environments which differ in purpose and configuration, in a single harmonious and at the same time flexible working setting.
Text by Gabriele Masi.
Pictures by Beppe Raso.


The office way to wellbeing: PwC Switzerland by Evolution Design.

The PwC Switzerland offices in Basel by Evolution Design offer a new horizon for the working environment design, taking the concept of work-life balance further: can a workplace teach how to stay healthy through the space?Working healthy is about far more then ergonomics” explains Stefan Camenzind, executive director. Creating health and energy is about keeping yourself active without forgetting rest and relaxation, building a positive attitude and eating healthy.

Concentrating on the connection between wellbeing and productivity is on of the most interesting trends of the working environment design. The PwC offices in Basel follows the Evolution Design’s recipe, a subtle blend of creativity, planning and humanity, providing variety and choice of workspaces, with a particular attention to the role of informal environments and networks, focusing on individual needs such as relaxation, nutrition and empowerment.

“Since they already offer pilates and yoga classes, we focused on how the workplace design can support more movement. Keeping active is crucial for energy and health”, Camenzind says. The project has three main kinds of environment: a desk area where everyone can work on his own projects, feeling still part of a team environment,  called “The Focus Space”; a “Quiet Zone”, with private spaces where it’s possible to concentrate without interruption or noise; and a “Team Space” with large shared desks, whiteboards and walls on which it’s possible to pin project work, ideal for group projects and tasks. The different furniture of each spaces, from sofas to cafe tables and stools allows everyone to find his own favorite setting. All the workers are also free to choose and use the room they need and like, following the feelings and mood.

But energy it is not just about movement, sometimes it requires rest. A peculiar feature of the PwC offices is the “Relaxation Room”, with natural motifs, with low-level lighting and music, massage chairs and the MetroNap Energy Pod, especially designed for taking power naps.  “I know it sounds strange to take a nap at work, but in the future people who don’t take time out to relax will be seen as irresponsible”, Stefan Camenzind comments.
Another peculiarity is the attention given to the food as a symbol of a correct lifestyle: a series of graphics are drawn throughout the office space to remind and motivate people to eat well, while healthy snacks, fruit and water are also on offer.

An healthy lunch is also served at the 7th floor rooftop restaurant, while different coffee areas and social hub are spread throughout the space, encouraging informal meetings where ideas can be shared and improve the creativity.
The Evolution Desing’s creative director Tanya Ruegg concludes: “Empowering people. The design here is all about making it easy and enjoyable for workers, in oder to do a task in the best way possible. It’s functional, but also emotional.”
Text by Gabriele Masi.
Pictures by Peter Wurmli.

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Casa Alitalia concept: Italian feeling, hospitality and culture.

The new concept Casa Alitalia for the flagship lounges was designed by Marco Piva and reflects Italian culture, territory and daily way of life; spaces where passengers and nomadic workers can work, meet, relax and above all can feel the atmosphere of a typical Italian home and enjoy an exclusive live cooking service.

The concept named “Casa Alitalia” was conceived by Alitalia staff and designed by the well known Italian architect Marco Piva to be more like an Italian home than a public space.
The interior design have been designed to be as similar as possible to those of a beautiful Italian house: the reception hall, relaxation and conversation areas, cooking and dining areas. The materials used -marble, lighting and backdrops- are a journey in Italian culture.
The entrance door is inspired by the main door of an Italian palazzo, too.
And the kitchen is the real “core” of an Italian home … for this reason allso the catering service reflects Italian culinary excellence and includes a live cooking area where,a chef prepares a selection of pasta dishes and pizzas twice a day.

Casa Italia’s services also include VIP rooms and rooms for private meetings, a library, a prayer area, bathrooms with showers and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Casa Alitalia is located at Rome Fiumicino (800 square metres) and Milan Malpensa airport (500 square metres).
It was realized thanks to partnerships with some of the leading Italian brands: Poltrona Frau, Cantine Ferrari, Lavazza, Terme di Sirmione.

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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”.


Innovation Center: Intesa San Paolo tower in Turin.

How can design improve your life and your business? Located at the 31st floor of the transparent tower designed by Renzo Piano, the collaborative project by Lago for the Intesa San Paolo’s Innovation Centre reflects the values of a flexible home-feeling-oriented space, capable to bring in a work environment the positive sensations that a domestic environment can give. Daniele Lago has talked about it with Roberto Battaglia, manager of the Intesa San Paolo training department, in an inspiring conversation at the EXPO Pavilion.

The meeting “Come il design migliora la vita e il business?” (How can design improve your life and business?) opened analysing what really empathy is in a workplace. Not only the “Empaty of point of views” that allowed Lago to design the innovative space for the future bank Intesa San Paolo had in mind, but also the kind of empathy that make spaces, objects and people “vibrate in unison”.
The Innovation Centre collaborative project, developed by Lago along with Intesa San Paolo, is inspired by the Lago Interior Life’s principle, creating, through design, a home-feeling-oriented environment that support the individual and collective well-being, developing both formal and informal connections.
A strategy explained in the claim “Welcome Home”  that Daniele Lago, Lago’s managing director and Head of Design, has introduced with this words: “I believe that the true innovation is the one that makes the everyday life better, independently of the field where it is applied. For us design is a powerful instrument of social transformation. We spend most of our day outside our homes, in the office. That’s why we think it is necessary to design working and business environments as welcoming houses, in order to support an individual and collective well-being and to build a background for new ways of encounters and exchanges.

In the centre of the open space, a 13m long Lago Community Table “floats”, suitable for co-working or conferences, surrounded by furniture on wheels that allows to constantly reconfigure the space if needed.
The plan of the table goes through two specular bookcases, that dived the space in an area for the laboratories and a break area, suitable also for events.
The LagoLinea bookcase links the working area with a kitchen, design to increase the home feeling and relax perception and the chances of encounters.
A sensation given also by the big wall integrated in a living station, that allows to easily share and present projects and digital presentations, and by the domestic lighting, in compliance with all the workspace’s ergonomic standards.
The business district area was thought differently and developed around a main rectangular environment, with three wide glass walls on the sides. For this reason Lago created a light interior, emphasising the panorama with a ring of couches, a perfect place to enjoy a break.
At the sides of this space two management offices are located, while in the centre a 4m x 3m Air table is entirely dedicated for meeting: all following the principles of transparency and lightness.
Text by Gabriele Masi.





Coboat: a sailing coworking off-shore.

Coboat is the first project of sustainable coworking on the sea, founded by four digital nomads (Karsten Knorr, Australian, James Abbott, Thai, Tommy Westlin, Finnish, Gerald Schömbs, German) who want to offer to other freelancers the opportunity to share a space, experimenting with the exciting feeling of living and working in a place without boundaries. The motto “Explorate, Innovate, Collaborate” perfectly expresses their philosophy.

“Coworking spaces are now available everywhere- says James Abbott, one of the founders- When it comes to mobile living and working, the desire for sunny places increases massively.” This desire led to the idea of ​​creating the first coworking on the water.
Coboat expands the concept of work-life balance to a magical and innovative formula integrating sports, holidays and fun, too.
It makes possible a creative and efficient work, guarantees opportunities to relax and enriches the experience of the coworkers with diving and other activities such as photography, brewing beer or learning sailing.
30 meters long and equipped with a 32 meters high mast, Coboat features an area of ​​over 700 square meters, in addition to the trampoline net as big as a volleyball pitch; it accommodates up to 20 smart workers, professionals, entrepreneurs and undoubtedly is a perfect and stimulating environment for every creative activity.
As a coworking space offers reliable internet connections both near the coast -3G 4G- and off-shore to satellite-based communications.
Powered from a genuine love for the Planet, Coboat aims zero emissions, is designed for self-sustainability, fueled  by solar and wind energy, uses desalinated sea water and uses fishery practices with a minimal impact.
In November 2015, the catamaran will sail from Southeast Asia en route to the Maldives and the Seychelles, while passing through the Mediterranean Sea next year.
The team is growing and community captains were chosen: Natalia, creative activator and Suzanne, ambassador for adventure & advocate for sustainability, the support of sailors and a cook are also expected.
The dream to travel, live and cowork in a so extraordinary and inspiring  atmosphere is not expensive: Coboat offers weekly or monthly reservations about 1,000 euro a week. The package includes accommodation, catering and an unobstructed view of the sea.4-coboat-coworking-wow-webmagazine


Coffice, the “all you can eat” co-working space.

Interpreting the constant changes of the new ways of working, with new spaces that are able to create new experiences.Coffice” is the new social cafè in Milan, a little revolution in the conception of the co-working, where the attention for a genuine food joins an environment designed for working, organizing meetings, events, presentations or just relaxing.

Coffice, the new social cafè of Milan located at Porta Romana’s area, was born to answer the need of new informal working spaces, which are becoming the favourite places for running business and professional relationships or meetings.
That’s why Coffice offers a wide range of services such as unlimited wi-fi, workstations for tablets and laptops, scanners and printers, as well as unlimited coffee and a “all you can eat” buffet of delicious sweet and salted snacks. There are also some break areas with couches and armchairs, where it’s easy to relax, maybe reading a book from the free booksharing shelves.
The fees are also innovative. You don’t pay, infact, what you eat, but you pay the time you stay in: the first hour costs €4 and from the second hour it costs 1,50 every 30 minutes.
Coffice is a place that gives a familiar atmosphere where working and delight can melt togheter, surrounded by a relaxed and essential environment, made in a typical “northen design”.
Not just a co-working bar and restaurant, by the way: Coffice is also a cultural space adaptable for lessons or for vernissages or different kind of expositions, events and presentations.
Text by Gabriele Masi.



“Agile”, even working at your own desk.

Movement is the elixir of our life, and it’s a source of wellbeing and health also at the office. That’s what the Michele De Lucchi’s installation “The Walkmaintains and is proved by several studies showing how unhealthy immobility is and the physical and mental advantages of a dynamic posture, starting from the desk, which should be of the “sitting-standing” type according to ergonomists.

Prolonged sitting is a risk factor for all: people who sit for 11 hours or more a day are 40 percent more likely to die over the next three years. Of course, no doubt,  gym, walking, swimming, cycling, outdoor pursuits… but what can we do during the about eight hours a day on the job?
An office organized by activity settings proves to be healthier compared to the one keeping us stuck in front of a worktop, and those companies supplied with gyms, yoga areas and gym teachers offer their employees much more than a relaxing break; the same applies for companies, the offices of which are furnished with “sitting standing” desks, which is not yet so popular in Italy but quite widespread and even compulsory in several European countries, where Wellbeing Awareness is more deep-seated ( WOW! posted an article about sit-stand desks at Orgatec).
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The quality of life can start from the desk: “We improve your life” is the motto of Linak a world leader in electric linear actuator (desk top height adjustment equipments).

Better safe than sorry, as they say, and health benefits (blood circulation, drainage, muscle strengthening,bone and skeletal systems..) coming from a sitting-standing posture are definitely proved.

UNI Rule EN 527-1:2011
There is a UNI rule still valid, yet rules are voluntary and maybe an incentive to make companies aware of this theme could be useful. The newest release of the European standard EN 527-1:2011 “Office furniture — Work tables and desks Part 1: Dimensions” replaces the previous edition EN 527-1:2000.
The EN 527-1:2011 specifies dimensions of work tables and desks for office tasks to be undertaken in a seated, a sit stand or standing position.
Compared to the previous edition the new standard updates the sizes of desks taking account the technological progress of PCs, now all flat screen (and no longer CRT), which allows to get office desks with depth significantly lower.
The standard divides the desks classifying them into four types:
Type A: height adjustable (the height can be changed anytime by the user
Type B: height selectable (the height can be adapted to the user at installation)
Type C: fixed height
Type D: height adjustable or selectable, with limited range of adjustment

The EN 527-1:2011 also introduces the concept of “sit standing desk” allowing the user to vary between standing and sitting position during the working day and obviate to spend several hours sited. This type of height adjustable desks are mostly used in the northern Europe.
The new release also presents new requirements, room available for legs has been increased with more freedom of movement or, regarding desks with fixed height, that height is raised.
Walking …at your desk.
Why just stand at your desk when you can walk? A walking/working posture should be healthier than standing still… The answer is a ridiculous treadmill desk. It’s not a joke, a Canadian research reported in the journal Computers in Human Behavior shows that treadmill desk has a beneficial effect on attention and memory. A good solution to save your fitness center admission fee!

Status and dynamic vision also for the executive table( lower photos).
Element, designed by Foster + Partners for Unifor, is a board meeting of great elegance that responds to a more dynamic vision for the executive workplace. For the manager who does not like the static, it provides the twice use as large round desk or conference table, both allow the standing or sitting posture. The height adjustment of the heavy desk top sets magically pressing a hidden button.


Supporting Solitude in the Collaborative Office (so we would hate our offices less).

There must be a reason why Harvard Business Review devotes its cover and a whole dossier to why do people hate their offices. So, it’s true, we hate them! … and if we hate them we don’t feel well, we are not happy, we work badly, our performance drops and we are less productive; it’s self-evident. So  these issues concern all of us. This latent hatred should not be denied or undestimated.

A few years ago I learned from a reliable source that in the Italian offices of a well-known multinational – one of the first that introduced the notorious open space – some employeese – as they couldn’t kill the manager, would vent their aggressiveness on the luxuriant plants,  arranged between desks to decorate and  “humanize” the open space. In spite of biophilia, unfortunately he “human” side aroused by the shrubs  wasn’t a gentle one. It’s hard to believe, but some would go so far a sto piss on the plants to kill them deliberately!
I’m not denying the usefulness of plants, we even published an article on their proven benefits; plants are as useful as many other humanizing and stimulating factors (informal meeting areas, relax, entertainment, artworks, bright colors, varied and dynamic layout with some visually and perceptively stimulating components, etc.) but only if used in a more balanced view of the workplace.
The open office remains the dominant form of workspace design not only because it allows space optimization, but also because it fosters a direct interaction – the most important one – collaboration, sharing and sense of belonging to the company. All factors direcly affecting productivity, as confirmed by some companies that have measured these data.
So, the point is to find a “we” and “me” balance , as HBR explains; to re-examine our concept of privacy as an essential factor for coping with the complex multitasking. A privacy that does not concern the physical space only, but the “individual’s ability to control information and stimulation. In short, Transparency, that seemed to be the best way to express the concept of democracy, “no hierarchy but greater collaboration”,  can actually turn out to be a trap because, as HBR explains, “it can leave employees feeling vulnerable and exposed. When that happens, they conceal behaviours that deviate from the norm so that they won’t have to explain them. Unrehearsed, experimental behaviours may even stop altogether … or kill the plants, or become aggressive with other “living” beings, I would add!
Balancing “we” and “me” is the key to ensure the employees’ wellbeing and the company’s productivity.
The planning cues for the interior design, that come from these remarks, are manifold; the first and most obvious one is the absolute need to establish zones of privacy within open environments, by setting various types of boundaries, from the individual phone booth to the meeting room for small groups, through to the temporary touch-down and the yoga room; small offices and shelters inside the office.
The workplace must rediscover Solitude that, as Seneca used to say, “It’s for the mind what food is for the body “, but also because “It’s right in solitude that we can feel the advantage to live with someone able to think” (Jean Jacques Rousseau).
Interactive editorial by Renata Sias, editor WOW! Webmagazine.



Destination Comfort: Flair Airport by Poltrona Frau Contract.

Flair Airport Seating System designed by Progetto CMR, is the first system of multi-functional seats for airports, conceived to answer to the new needs and desires of travelers in a world that is increasingly on the move.
Comfort with no compromises is the core project concept of this modular and easy reconfigurable seating system by Poltrona Frau Contract completed by a wide range of accessories (armrests and headrests, tables and sound proof panels) to create waiting areas where people can interact, relax, work, connect online or chat in complete freedom.  With its minimalist design and international style, it represents the epitome of Poltrona Frau Contract’s knowhow.
Upper photo: the  presentation of Flair at Milan Malpensa airport in the futuristic spaces of the new Satellite Nord in Terminal 1, in association with SEA.