Wednesday, 26 September 2012 09:20

World Architecture Day

Cannon Place, London World Architecture Day is just around the corner on 1 October, featuring a huge range of talks and discussions between leading industry figures, all taking place at Cannon Place, London. Here, we speak to the event's programme director Michael Hammond about what we can expect from its inaugural year. Could you tell us a bit about World Architecture Day, what people can expect from the day's activities and what sets it apart? We have two objectives with WAD, the first…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 07:35

The Sleep Event

Scandic Grand Central, Stockholm The Sleep Event is coming up in November, with 150 international companies already booked in to exhibit including first timers Kaldewei UK, Lasvit and Thomas Interiors. Where the show comes alive is in the Sleep Hotel, an installation where each year a range of interior designers are asked to design a 5* luxury hotel room within the confines of a 23sqm space. This year’s rooms are designed by Bisset Adams together with 8build, Nous Design with Overbury, Scott Brownrigg with…
Thursday, 20 September 2012 13:50

Live Shredder at 100% Design

Live Shredder at 100% Design This Friday at 100% Design, onoffice editor James McLachlan will be hosting the Live Shredder, inviting a panel of well-known industry members to name and shame their most detested design faux pas, and shred them. In a real-life version of the magazine's regular back-page feature, The Shredder, each member of the panel will select three objects - one from the workplace, one from the design world and one from the rest of the world - that they would rather live…
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 09:56

The Unofficial Orgatec After/Party

The Unofficial Orgatec After/Party Orgatec is fast approaching and no doubt your schedule will soon start filling up with meetings and things to see, so make sure you get the most important events in first – the parties. A firm fixture for the onoffice team will be the Unofficial Orgatec After/Party on Thursday 25 October from 9pm – 4am at Alter Wartesaal, next to the Dom cathedral. The party is hosted by onoffice together with Colebrook Bosson Saunders and Surtio, with live music, DJs…
Monday, 17 September 2012 10:50

Jonathan Prestwich - Serious Pedigree

Jonathan Prestwich - Serious Pedigree “We are calling it ‘organic engineering’,” says Jonathan Prestwich, gesturing to a prototype on a shelf above us. “All the office chairs we have worked on before were based on old-fashioned engineering, very Bauhaus. If you look at this there is none of that.” He is right. The chair we are examining is free from the normal levers, buttons and knobs. Although some way removed from a futuristic blob, there is nevertheless an agrestal feel to the trio of seat…
Monday, 17 September 2012 10:39

TeleTech offices by MVRDV

TeleTech offices by MVRDV Back in 2008, recession hit the historic city of Dijon right where it hurts – its mustard industry. A factory for two major brands (Amora and Maille), originally set up on the same site in 1911, was closed by owners Unilever in order to consolidate production elsewhere in France, leaving a hole in the province’s proud heritage. The building, a fairly generic industrial white block completed in 2004, was left empty and in need of a new life, if anything…
Monday, 17 September 2012 10:25

Penson's new Google HQ

Penson's new Google HQ The more offices that Google unveils, the more layers it seems to want to add to its boundless brand identity, but one thing’s for sure – the overarching theme is unconventionality. It all started with slides, fireman’s poles and igloo meeting pods in its San Francisco office, a message to the world that this young forward-thinking company makes working fun. In its London Victoria office (onoffice 50) a rather more corporate slick white space, bedecked with a brand-heavy primary colour…
Monday, 17 September 2012 10:22

Grocon offices by Hassell

Grocon offices by Hassell Urban redevelopment is all-too-often associated with promise rather than result, but a recently completed project in central Dandenong, one of Melbourne’s outer suburbs, proves that urban renewal, when approached with sensitivity and a thoughtful masterplan, can bring an area back to life. Dandenong Government Services Office (GSO) brings to mind Frank Lloyd Wright’s observation: “Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture”. Developed and built by Grocon and designed by Hassell, the brief…
Monday, 17 September 2012 09:58

Bluu kits out Karmarama

Bluu kits out Karmarama When Karmarama approached Bluu to kit out its new Clerkenwell HQ, its shopping list was far from straightforward. Yes, they needed the features that should now come as standard for any top advertising agency: “town hall” presentation area, cafe, collaboration spaces galore, visual editing suites and photography studios – check. Throw in a corner shop, an arcade gaming area and a ping-pong room and the project gets all the more complicated. “It’s not your standard office project,” admits Neil Brookhouse,…
Monday, 17 September 2012 09:05

Scott Brownrigg designs Quintiles offices

Scott Brownrigg designs Quintiles offices 500 Brook Drive had a shaky start in life. Part of Reading’s gleaming Green Park business park (users of the M4 will know it by its proprietary wind turbine, staked next to the hard shoulder), this BREEAM Excellent-rated building was ready to receive its first tenants, pharmaceutical company Wyeth, when Pfizer bought the business and promptly decided that it didn’t actually need the extra 11,000sq m of space. Jilted at the altar, the building sat empty for months until a…
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