Friday, 22 July 2011 16:29

Norwegian new wave

Norwegian new wave In the grand scheme of Scandinavian design, Norway has generally taken a back seat. Denmark, Sweden and Finland pushed ahead in the region’s golden age of the 1950s and 1960s with the likes of Saarinen, Panton and Jacobsen, whose designs defined an era. Of course, in the 1970s and 1980s Norway turned out success stories of its own – Peter Opsvik’s Trip Trapp chair has sold in the millions and he also redefined office seating with the first kneeling task…
Friday, 22 July 2011 16:23

The Interiors Group's new digs

The Interiors Group's new digs Like the distinctive shopping bags from nearby Selfridges, it’s all about the yellow and black at The Interiors Group’s new headquarters in London’s Balderton Street. The dramatic yellow recessed ceiling lights that surround a massive media wall in the informal entrance zone perfectly echo the square brackets on the company’s logo – and were what made me realise I’d arrived in the right place. These corporate colours are a little reminiscent of ITV’s, and once you’ve got properly inside, with…
Friday, 22 July 2011 16:14


Skype It’s hard to believe that internet calling company Skype has been connecting people the world over for nearly ten years now. Its survival is no doubt down to its successful harnessing of nerd power, which has kept the company on the cutting edge while so many others have fallen by the wayside. (Myspace, anyone?) Stockholm is home to Skype’s technocrats, and their expanding numbers meant a move to a disused brewery in the waterfront district of Slussen. The company hired…
Friday, 22 July 2011 16:09

Shipping office by SHH

Shipping office by SHH It has been said many times that the architecture of 200 years ago is proving far more adaptable to the demands of modern working than the purpose-built office blocks of the 1960s and 70s. Warehouses and factories in London’s East End have converted easily into living and workplaces for the creative industries, but those with fatter wallets tend towards the more prestigious West End, and it is here we find the latest commercial project by architects and interior designers SHH.…
Friday, 22 July 2011 15:50

Future Lab

Future Lab The first commandment of any creative company these days seems to be “Thou shalt inhabit a post-industrial building with lots of exposed ductwork.” So at first, it may seem peculiar that a trend-forecasting consultancy should want to move from a converted warehouse to a row of Georgian townhouses in a conservation area – but as a workplace concept, the warehouse has been done to death, and in some cases it doesn’t yield the best results for an organisation. (We at…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 10:42

Ahrend 2020 by Paul Brooks(video)

Ahrend 2020 by Paul Brooks(video) Onoffice caught up with product designer Paul Brooks at Clerkenwell Design Week and asked him to explain some of the thinking behind the Ahrend 2020 Chair. Ever obliging, Brooks delivered a comprehensive review of the design process, talking through the challenges and successes of the chair. Click on read more to view the video.
Monday, 11 July 2011 10:45

One Mitre Square wins planning

One Mitre Square wins planning London-based architects Sheppard Robson has won planning for a 20-storey office building on a prominent site at One Mitre Square, Aldgate, in the City of London. The building will house 25,000 sq m of Grade A office space with a retail/café space on street level. The scheme will also create a new public square. According to Sheppard Robson the design is based on a medieval priory that used to occupy the site and is ‘broken into a cluster of smaller…
Thursday, 07 July 2011 12:21

BCO welcomes new president

BCO welcomes new president The British Council for Offices (BCO) has appointed Gary Wingrove, who is head of construction programme management at BT Group Property, as president. Wingrove took over from Gerald Kaye at the BCO Annual General Meeting at the Heron Tower in London yesterday, although he wasn’t present at the event due to holiday. In May this year Wingrove chaired the BCO Annual Conference in Geneva where he called on the industry to consider how technology is changing office space and the…
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