“Office sweet office”: the showroom Interface in Paris, next to Place des Ternes and Place de l’Étoile, is based on the design concept Living Workplace, developed by the company itself: home-feeling, serendipity, sustainability, technology are introduced in a space that encourages creativity, nomadic working, and teamwork. Tetris has designed a village that encourages interaction and, at the same time, gives to everyone his private corner where to hide to relax or to find the concentration, allowing everyone to experiment the Living Workplace in the #OpenOpus coworking space.
A Living Workplace showroom: Tetris has designed a full experience of the Interface concepts and products in the showroom in Paris, following five main trends.
The fist “Office Sweet Office” aims to create an environment that feels more homely using technology to create a Flex Office 2.0, where flexibility of the space and the freedom of the workers encourage meaningful and productive meetings, the key of serendipity.
The Neighbourhood based choice environment design, as well, creates a village where spaces for different types of work and needs are available, giving everyone the chance to find his own space for relax and rest, following the idea of Slow Workplace.
The 600 sqm showroom is divided into three kinds of spaces.
In the public spaces, mainly aim to encourage sharing and collaboration, coffee machine, break areas, corridors, as well as the Café Parisien and the Forum become strategic spaces for innovation. That’s what serendipity is, namely the transformation of unexpected multiple informal meeting into new ideas of business.
Semi-private spaces, located around the perimeter of the public spaces, that allow users to catch up with colleagues or simply take a quiet break, as the meeting rooms, that can be reserved via an online dedicated system, and the “Cocoon”, a space set apart from the other office space, where users can rest or work in complete silence.
Private and more formal offices, organized into several “districts” inspired by neighborhood in Paris, allowing all employees to be free to move around, among the different fully-equipped workstations.
All the space are connected by a green and biophilic design, with living walls and plants in all the spaces, the use of natural light, water curtains, aquariums, and a work table arranged around a tree. A natural feeling is also enhanced by the two Interface’s flooring system collections throughout the space, design by David Oakley: Human Nature and Human Connection.
Following the idea of creating an office that serves both as workspace and as display and demonstration spaces, the showroom at the Opus Building, located in Paris’ 8th arrondissement, includes also #Openopus, a coworking space open to every professionals, clients or external collaborators, where to experiment the Living Workplace concept, share ideas and host topical events on sustainable development, design and architecture.
Text by Gabriele Masi.
Pictures by Interface and Coutant Delphine.