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Everyone likes a story about the nerdy kid who becomes the coolest. For GamFratesi it’s a story that came true at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair. The couple, Stine Gam (Danish) and Enrico Fratesi (Italian), first exhibited in 2007, among the bright young things at the show’s forum for new talent, the Greenhouse. Seven years and a string of successful products later, the show’s organisers invited GamFratesi to be 2014…
Image Credits Christian Åslund
The world’s gaze may have swivelled away from South Africa following the mourning of Nelson Mandela, but the design community’s focus remains fixed here. This year, Cape Town takes on the mantle of World Design Capital, and proves itself a city capable of producing world-class workspaces. Just off Nelson Mandela Boulevard stands the Atlantic Centre, home to branding agency 99c. Locally based studio Inhouse Brand Architects was asked by the…
Image Credits Micky Hoyle
The practice of working from home is given an unusual twist at the San Francisco offices of online property rental marketplace Airbnb, where employees can conduct meetings in rooms modelled on some of the homes listed on the company’s website. Upon entering the atrium of the former manufacturing facility in San Francisco’s SoMa district that houses the company’s new headquarters, the first thing staff or visitors see when they look…
Image Credits Carlos Chavarria / Leslie Williamson
An innovative facade makes for smarter, more expressive architecture. Here’s how three new landmark office developments are working hard from the outside in. Public engagement with architecture can often swell when a building acts as a dynamic organism, changing and reacting to its surroundings throughout the day. When it comes to office buildings, there’s nothing less friendly than a lifeless, ominous block, but with city high-rises multiplying and growing taller,…
Image Credits Christian Richters
Openness and inclusivity aren’t words universally associated with school life, but at St Ambrose College, Greater Manchester, a truly original approach to layout by Sheppard Robson has achieved just that. Tasked with the usual puzzle of spatial arrangement – trying to squeeze the government-standard-sized classrooms, assembly hall, canteen, corridors and breakout space into a tight plan – the practice elected to amalgamate all the space assigned to corridors and communal…
Image Credits Hufton + Crow
From its rainbow-coloured headquarters on a quiet back-street wedged between Camden High Street, Regent’s Canal and Kentish Town Road, media giant Viacom transmits to tens of millions of homes across Europe. MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central are the best known of more than 50 channels broadcasting from this office, one of the American company’s two main European hubs. MTV had previously resided here for 20-odd years, but the building was…
Image Credits David Churchill
After 15 patents and two-and-a-half years of development, the collaboration between flooring company Desso and technology giant Philips has come to fruition. Well… almost. Together they have created carpets with embedded LED technology that will allow architects and designers to light up floors with anything from direction arrows and room numbers to entire screens showing the news. The product is being installed at pilot projects in the UK, France and…
10 Mar

Office Next Moscow

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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…
Amid the tired office blocks that line the City Road, the Alphabeta building’s ebullient branding stands out like a beacon. Though its heavy masonry and rhythmic arches predate even Miesian corporate architecture by a long chalk, the building, formerly known as Triton Court, is being marketed as “the newest architectural expression of the ‘new economy’”. From the outside it seems a more likely home for some dusty financial institution, as…
Image Credits Edgar Hoffmann
The area around Old Street roundabout in east London has become synonymous with the tech industries. Christened the Silicon Roundabout in wry homage to California’s Silicon Valley, the distinction is an important one: whereas San Francisco’s technology and software companies inhabit large purpose-built business parks south of the city, London’s tech boom occupies disused office blocks and light industrial buildings in the city centre. All this makes the decision of…
Image Credits Tim Crocker

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