Swiss design firm Camenzind Evolution is no stranger to the quirks of a Google office project (see Google Tel Aviv, Google Stockholm, etc.) and continued its no-hold-barred approach at Google Dublin. A crazy mixed bag of meeting rooms range from treehouse nooks to grassy knolls, rope swings and an Irish pub (oh yes, they did) and in between there’s breakout areas galore. That’s where British furniture studio JDD come in. James and Joe from Joint Design Direction were commissioned to create meeting pods and sofas, including the winged chairs in the jungle room (top), enclosed pieces for both individual and groups in the open plan workspace, and high-backed sofas of every colour to fit with the different themed corridors. Take a tour through the workspace in our image gallery below.
Architects: Camenzind Evolution with Henry J. Lyons Architects
Furniture: JDD | Joint Design Direction
Project Management: Gardiner and Theobald
Photography: Peter Würmli
100% Design went off with a bang this September, drawing over 25,000 visitors with a brand new format including a dramatic light tunnel entrance, a web-like auditorium designed by Paul Cocksedge and the new 100% Office section – the first dedicated workplace design show for LDF. Big brands and emerging designers alike took part, showing an impressive array of products, and here we’ve selected three of our favourites…
Swedish designer Camilla Schlyter’s Stealth desk has a piano-like shape, its hooded partition creating more of a sense of privacy in open-plan workplaces. Multiple desks neatly tessellate to create a more dynamic alternative to the usual straight lines of workstations, and, in common with Ragnars’ other desks, Stealth is height-adjustable, so users can easily switch between sitting and standing.
Emerging designer David Irwin launched four new products including the EXTL lights for Deadgood (above, with Irwin’s Working Girl table), faceted aluminium pendant lights finished in matt black anodised lustre, and three products for new Brooklyn-based brand Juniper: the M lamp, a wireless light inspired by a miner’s lamp; Cross side chair, a walnut chair with a wool upholstered seat; and Alvin desk and chair, made in tubular steel and maple.
School friends James Mercy and Joe Duffell only started furniture design company JDD (Joint Design Direction) in 2010, debuting at 100% Design. Now it is an international brand with clients like Unilever and Google, the latter of whom approached them to design some special pieces for its Ireland office. JDD showed two of these designs, the Bill and Ben pods, at this year’s show, intended for use in breakout or relaxation spaces, in-between desks or even in the canteen. According to the pair, the products represent what JDD is all about: adaptable, flexible products delivered in bold colours and geometric forms.