Offices would be better places to work if they were more like cars. New car models are embedded with technologies that make driving easier, safer and more fun. Sensors tell drivers if there is a truck in their blind spot or if they are about to back into another car when parking. Some cars allow drivers to safely take their hands off the wheel. Many are Wi-Fi enabled. The car doesn’t just provide transportation anymore—it actually helps people be better drivers.
Noise can cripple an environment, so acousticians are using immersive sound technology to more accurately predict and prevent a barrage of distractions.
Dean Baquet, the executive editor, and Joseph Kahn, the managing editor, have announced that a central newsroom meeting space will open this year as part of the renovation of our headquarters. They called it the “new Page 1 room.”
Happily, the workplace is no longer tied to prescriptive ideas of how it should look or function. Corporations and start-ups alike are creating multi-purpose spaces in which people do lots of different things. Given the mobility and diversity of the people at work, we see a need for universal design and materials that allow everyone to function, to do what they do, whoever they are. Today, materials are not applied as specifically as before, rather we look for textiles that can be used across the office and on both the horizontal and vertical plane.
Creating an office chair that is ergonomic and affordable, environmentally friendly and comfortable – this was the challenge facing designer Martin Ballendat. The result is Drumback, one of the most innovative office chairs in recent times. This intelligent product potentially saves up to 400 tons of foam upholstery material and polypropylene per year and as a result has now received the “Green Product Award”.
In a 2017 report entitled “Strategic Partnerships for Tomorrow’s Health Care,” Sg2 highlights numerous case studies where health systems have engaged in nontraditional partnerships to achieve objectives – including fostering growth and improving performance.
Humanscale has partnered with Bureo to repurpose plastic fishing nets found in our oceans. Ben Kneppers spoke about this exciting collaboration at Humanscale's NeoCon 2017 showroom!
The Prince Estate, alongside Pantone Color Institute™, the global color authority, announced the creation of a standardized custom color to represent and honor international icon, Prince.
While contemporary hotels are fun to experience, the real beauty of visiting a new city is getting to know its history and culture. With this in mind, JOI-Design bridges the past and future of Berlin at the new Capri by Fraser Berlin hotel. Located on Spree Island at the Petriplatz city square, this modern hotel integrates with a museum and church to give guests a unique destination to explore, all the while learning about the city’s heritage.
Today’s unprecedented talent shortage is compelling businesses and other organizations to get serious about employee attraction and retention. The current war for talent is amplified by a strong economy and a growing number of Baby Boomers nearing retirement age. In Nebraska, for example, more than 65 percent of state government employees are expected to retire in the next five years. Many private-sector businesses are experiencing similar human-resource challenges.
The reality is that today, there are enough flexible office options to supply the needs of every kind of company, whether it wants flexibility or networking.
To borrow a phrase from my youth, I think, “the kids are alright.” This young, maturing generation is made up of passionate, purposeful and highly intelligent men and women who are not just tech literate, but tech natives who are wonderfully equipped to make good use of the most innovative technologies
CBRE recently unveiled plans to energize the 7000 Central Park workplace with major renovations that call for coworking spaces, special events and entertainment options. Could this be a next-gen office prototype?
“The world is transitioning into a more distributed, automated and digital economy, which impacts how occupiers conduct business and think about their workplaces,” says Mark E. Rose at Avison Young.
The roots of the open plan office can be traced back to the 1960s when post-capitalism was beginning to emerge as a political and intellectual movement. The social and political upheaval that followed World War Two and the emphasis on the autonomous, motivated and engaged worker combined to inspire designers and architects to develop a new and more “modern” way of working.
Old office chairs are being transformed into hard-shell backpacks and bicycle panniers as part of a strange new recycling project.
A well-designed lobby welcomes visitors and guides them to the next stage of their journey, she explains. The use of décor, color schemes, furnishings, and ambient music should blend to communicate an immersive expression of the brand
When you're investing in an office redesign, you want more than a fresh coat of paint: you want to improve the space and how your employees, customers and visitors experience it. The desire to improve your experience of a space is one of the driving forces behind this year's hottest interior design trends.