This year’s Office Next Moscow show will move to Gostiny Dvor, a refurbished 14th Century building close to the Kremlin with high ceilings and a glass roof. The new bigger location also allows the show to expand, hosting international exhibitors from the lighting, furniture, acoustics, flooring, IT and media sectors of office design, including Bene, Bisley, Dauphin, Kinnarps, Herman Miller, Haworth and Nurus.
A programme of talks will also be held during the show. On 27 May, a panel session will examine how architecture and infrastructure affects the comfort and health of its users. A collection of talks and case study presentations on 27 May will look at how to create smart, flexible workspace to evolve with its inhabitants.
The Best Office Awards on 29 May will give prizes to the best office projects, 10 in Russia and one international, in categories including brand and image, comfort and ergonomics, lighting design and public business space.
According to Office Next Moscow, over 3,600 Russian and international visitors attended its 2013 edition, an increase of 30% on the previous year. These are primarily architects and interior designers (23% of the attendants), purchasers and project managers (20%), suppliers and dealers (20%) and producers and manufacturers (13%).
Office Next Moscow takes place from 27-29 May 2014.
For the annual event, a grid of 100 squares is laid over an area of London and a square allocated to each contributor, who then creates an original artwork inspired by the architecture within it. For 2013, the high profile group of architects, designers and artists - which also includes Patrick Tyberghein (CarterTyberghein), Bill Hanway (Aecom), Laurie Chetwood (Chetwoods architects) and Patricia Woodward (Matthew Lloyd architects) - were given a square of East London for inspiration, aiming to capture the unique and unnoticed landscape features of their section using any medium.
The resulting works of art will be on display from 21-28 November at 1 Granary Square, London, with an open electronic auction, culminating in a live auction by a Sotheby's auctioneer of selected pieces on the 28th. Funds raised will go to Article 25, the UK's leading architectural and construction aid charity.
Other contributors include: Tim Makower (Makower Architects), Chris Choa (Aecom), Mike Oades (MD, atomikarchitecture), Paul Vick (Paul Vick architects), Oliver Barratt (sculptor), Jenny Harborne (Imago architects), Peter Heath (Atkins), Derek John Draper (Aedas), Roger Fitzgerald (ADP), Patricia Woodward (Matthew Lloyd architects), Ollie O'Brien and James Cheshire (Mapping London) and Ian Wale (spacehub).
Christ Church Spitalfields by Rab Bennetts
The ninth annual Worktech London conference takes place at the British Library on 14-15 November, exploring the convergence of technology, real estate and the workplace.
A range of masterclasses on day one will cover topics such as Psychological Wellbeing at Work and Living Stages: What Can Workplaces Learn From Theatre Design? On day two, a programme of talks chaired by Jeremy Myerson of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, features keynote speakers Chris Waugh, director at IDEO, Cisco director Peter Escery Merrens and authors Alan Moore and John Williams.
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Meanwhile at the fair, aside from perusing the latest products by 600 office interior suppliers at Orgatec, there are lots of other features to take in. The show’s Trend Forum talks and panel discussions will follow two themes this year: International Best Practice, looking at various successful office designs around the world, and Modern Working Concepts, focusing on global trends. At the Office and Architecture Night on 26 October, fair visitors and the general public can explore 15 offices in the city between 6pm and midnight.
Orgatec takes place in Cologne from 23-27 October 2012. See you there!