As open space offices have started to become the norm in the modern working environment, office furnishings have had to adapt and improve to fit within this type of office concept. Activity Spaces is a new product line from Knoll, partnered with Antenna Design, that aims to allow companies to customise their working environment in a flexible and stylish manner.
In addition to Knoll’s already iconic line of office staples, they’ve added some additional products to the repertoire that work in conjunction with the old favorites. There are stacking chairs, marker boards, a desk/chair combo, and tech powered pieces that will keep your devices charged and connected.
This very cool coworking space in London was created by Checkland Kindleysides for Nike. The meeting place was created for the Nike charity ‘Girl Effect’, transforming a disused basement into an inviting and inspirational hub for meeting rooms and coworking.
Working in collaboration with Love Creative we designed a physical and virtual meeting space that brings together Girl Effect staff in London and those based in outposts across the developing world.
The Evoko Room Manager is a system that allows companies to manage their meeting rooms effectively. The integrated system allows a company to avoid all the usual hassle and misunderstanding that can disturb meetings. It also increases efficiency by allowing meeting rooms to be used fully, as opposed to standing needlessly empty. Evoko Room Manager makes the status of the room perfectly clear, and displays on a touch-sensitive screen outside the door whether a room is free or not. It shows also who has booked it and when it was booked!
No more double-booking, interrupted meetings or wasted slots. The Evoko Room Manager is a new system for booking rooms that displays the booking status clearly outside the meeting room on touch-sensitive screens. You book meetings just as you have always done in Microsoft Outlook. The Evoko Room Manager also makes it possible to check the booking status directly on the touch-sensitive screen. And the red or green background illumination of the screen means that you can see at a distance whether the room is free or not.
Lemon Studios is a business venture between Lemon Digital and Econsultancy. This is a unique joint enterprise, as Econsultancy is a well known internet marketing publisher, and Lemon Digital a leading digital production house. After realising the benefits of working in a networked environment, the two businesses came together to form Lemon Studios. As such according to them “[h]aving recognised the benefits of working in such a holistic manner, Lemon Digital and Econsultancy wanted to intensify that productivity by bringing a similar network of people into one physical space – the idea for Lemon Studios evolved from there.”
More information can be found at lemonstudioslondon.com
THECUBE was opened in 2009 in the Shoreditch area of London, it offers a variety of co-working capabilities along with standard virtual offices, meeting rooms and desk space. But according to THECUBE they are “a fresh and modern designed space that offers its members more than just an office or hot desking”.
The co-working space is all open plan, something specifically done to encourage collaboration and networking between members. Again, according to THECUBE great care was taken to included colours which have been shown to release serotonin, a chemical which helps increase concentration and calms one down.
The Hub calls itself a a social enterprise, with the ambition to inspire and support imaginative and enterprising initiatives for a better world. They are involved across four continents and 12 cities, striving to achieve this goal wherever they may be. The Hub in London offers an exciting working environment, located in a listed building minutes from Kings Cross station. The building has been fully resorted, striking the balance between old and new, amalgamating original period features with sleek stylish design. According to The Hub the location “offers an inspired place for meeting, working, innovating, learning and connecting.”
During the day the Hub offers a vibrant working atmosphere to its members, providing a cafe, meeting rooms and several other working areas. All within a social setting, one which encourages networking and the co-working at all times possible. In the evening, the Hub accommodates a whole host of lectures, debates and events.
The coolest idea of “meeting room” is the conference bike, which is designed for 7 people who pedal along, and it changes dramatically the way meetings were until now. It suggests a more relaxing environment for work, it contributes to bikers’ health and it also makes working funnier.
Meeting “pods” in the style of Swiss chalets and igloos, fireman poles to allow easy access between floors and a slide to ensure that people can get to the cafeteria as quickly as possible are all part of the striking design at Google’s new European engineering headquarters in Zurich Switzerland.
The building was designed for – and partly by – the 300 engineers who will work there. The alternative office is both a showcase for Google’s unconventional approach to business and a symbol to prove that Google is no longer a US-centric firm. Read more →