AHMM's office Onoffice is inviting Clerkenwell's creative companies to open their doors to visitors during Clerkenwell Design Week 22-24 May.   London's EC1 postcode has long been regarded as the creative core of the UK – home to a plethora of new media agencies, graphic and interactive design studios and more than 200 architectural practices - more per square mile than anywhere else on the planet. So this year, Clerkenwell Design Week, in association with OnOffice, would like to celebrate the area’s…
Monday, 16 April 2012 11:45

Promotion: The Office Exhibition, Dubai

Promotion: The Office Exhibition, Dubai For those casting their sights overseas this May you may want to visit The Office Exhibition, being held 15–17 May 2012 in the Dubai World Trade Centre. The Office Exhibition is the largest office fit‐out and design exhibition in the Middle East and promises to deliver an exciting product showcase of sleek, innovative and smart office designs for the modern workplace. Leading manufacturers will present award‐winning and functional designs of products and services which combine to create outstanding working environments. With…
Onoffice offer: Register for CDW and get a free coffee at 22-26 We’re delighted to be media sponsors of Clerkenwell Design Week 2012, and with the festival fast approaching we have decided to offer all our readers a special treat. With so much to see and enjoy you will no doubt be looking forward to catching a moment to relax and get a caffeine hit on your travels around the show. So, we have teamed up with 22-26, a great quirky new café on Farringdon Lane, and we are inviting you all…
Monday, 16 April 2012 09:57

Office Next Moscow

Office Next Moscow Head east this spring to see the latest in office design innovation from the Russian market. Office Next Moscow opens its doors for office furniture professionals, real estate developers, architects and design enthusiasts from 15th – 17th May 2012. A sophisticated selection of office equipment will be shown at the Moscow Design Centre Artplay. Well-known international and Russian brands will be exhibiting at the show including Bisley, BuzziSpace, Dauphin, Herman Miller, Philips, Solo, Steelcase and Walter Knoll. Onoffice readers can…
Friday, 13 April 2012 11:23

Cover story: Alain Berteau

Cover story: Alain Berteau “The centre of design is defined by the factories, certainly not by designers,” says Alain Berteau, a Belgian whose quietly quirky furniture and objects belie a certain kind of pragmatism. “I’m the kind of guy who is not really indulgent with people who believe that design is a means of expression, or an entertainment channel. I know it sounds sad but that’s what I think,” he says matter-of-factly. It’s an amusing statement when you consider Berteau’s portfolio, which stretches back…
Friday, 13 April 2012 11:15

Keep taking the tablets

Keep taking the tablets The big problem with the way people talk about the term “ergonomic” is that they use it to describe the design of objects when really it’s about a relationship; that between a person and the things around them. It’s an abstract idea, so it’s dependent on a number of variables. And when those variables change, what we understand to be good ergonomics changes too. “The principle of ergonomics as we now understand it first came to prominence in the wake…
Friday, 13 April 2012 11:07

3XN design 'cloverleaf' office for KPMG

3XN design 'cloverleaf' office for KPMG In late 2010, accountancy firm KPMG moved its 4,000-strong staff into a new £340m European headquarters in London’s Canary Wharf. Previously the company sprawled over numerous smaller outposts dotted about the capital housing its multitudinous departments. The migration signalled KPMG’s eagerness for a new collaborative ethos, coupled with a more transparent identity – expressed, almost inevitably, by a glass box that allows passers-by (if there is such a thing in Canary Wharf) a glimpse at the goings-on inside. Meanwhile, in…
Friday, 13 April 2012 11:00

VL Office's agricultural chic

VL Office's agricultural chic Crumbling whitewashed walls and vine-covered exteriors might be the first things that spring to mind when conjuring up a French farming business, but it couldn’t be further from the reality of agricultural firm Groupe Larrère & Fils’ new office. The building’s Mondrian-like wooden skeleton frames large rectangles of glass, creating vertical stripes of timber resembling the nearby pine forests. Based in Liposthey in the Landes region of southern France, the family-run farm had previously only used a small office situated…
Friday, 13 April 2012 10:52

Corus Quay by Quadrangle Architects

Corus Quay by Quadrangle Architects When it comes to experimental, innovative or just plain unusual workplaces, media companies lead the way. While the majority of us are holed up in bland uninspiring offices where the main concerns don’t stretch further than the heating working or whether there is an ample supply of printer paper, media types are more demanding. Perhaps it’s the industry’s youthful demographic or the fact that people enjoy their jobs rather than endure them; whatever the reason, if there’s a fussball table…
Friday, 13 April 2012 10:40

Thomson Reuters by Scott Brownrigg

Thomson Reuters by Scott Brownrigg With its stone pillars, high ceilings, marble floors, wings and grand atrium, Vintners’ Place on Upper Thames Street gives the impression of being part of ye olde City of London. This classical-looking building adjacent to Southwark Bridge was in fact built in 1991, on the site of the Vintry, which burned down in the Great Fire of London. It now offers businesses high-spec office space, Thames-side frontage and impressive views of Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and The Shard in its…
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