Welcome to our January edition and, as is customary this time of year, we reflect on OnOffice’s achievements throughout the year. Getting dry January over and done with, we celebrated our February issue with a spectacular party at lighting firm Fagerhult’s showroom.
Highlights of our spring issues included an in-depth look at the emergence of meanwhile spaces for small, creative businesses, and at the other end of the sector, the gigantic headquarters of Sky on the south-westernmost part of London in our May issue. Milan and the ensuing madness of covering the multifarious furniture fair beckoned in April, while the following month saw OnOffice present at several public-speaking engagements at Clerkenwell Design Week – thank goodness for the party which we co-hosted with Modus.
In the summer, we were delighted to represent OnOffice and Media 10 at the PPA awards for magazine excellence, having been nominated in two categories. As summer passed, we prepared for the London Design Festival and our LDF issue featured Yinka Ilori who, with star turns at both the Citizen M hotel and upcycling pop up Restoration Station, turned out to be one of the most talked-about designers of the week, if not this year.
One of the last covers of the year – November’s Department Store in Brixton – contributed to our choice of number one in our Power List, our annual look at who’s who in the world of workplace. To find out more, see p.40. We also enlisted the services of John Sacks to independently compile our report on which European manufacturers have performed best during 2017. To find out who has made the cut, flick to p.50.
This being our power issue, we bring you news from San Francisco and Airbnb’s power couple Aaron Taylor Harvey and Rachael Harvey. This husband-and-wife team has overseen designs for the firm around the world, most notably in their California headquarters at 999 Brannan in San Francisco. This was a building that was once a place to buy a microprocessor and now is the nerve centre for the growth of everyone’s go-to site when they don’t want to book a hotel.
It was incredible to see the sheer scale of what team Harvey has created, along with the work of Rebecca Ruggles – who, among other elements of the interior, headed up Listing Row, a project which engaged employees in recreating their favourite Airbnb listings with their own special touches. Our favourite was a Montana jail-themed room. Read all about it on p.64.
As the year drew to a close, we chalked up two more nominations, this time in the prestigious British Society of Magazine Editors awards.
Thanks for all your support during the year and we wish you a happy and prosperous 2018.
Till next time
INSIDE THE ISSUE
From the editor As the year begins, we look back on the best of 2017
News Mark Barfield wins plans to develop Stephenson House
Grant Gibson on… The discreet wall-mounted foldout desk by Drisag
On London Peter Murray tells us how to give way for a better city
On Topic Kirsten Murray on how every workplace has a story to tell
On Culture Katrina Larkin unlocks Hull’s cultural potential
On Show Highlights from shows such as UKCW and Design Joburg
Practice Playlist The perfect work soundtrack to see you into the New Year
The Power List Onoffice’s definitive guide to the influencers of 2017
Manufacturers A crunching list of Europe’s top manufacturing figures
Woodwork Walking in a winter timber land with Vitsoe’s new HQ
The Perfect Host Airbnb’s office takes inspiration from its listings
Spacious Sydney Woods Bagot’s Parramatta campus reigns in flexibility
Library of Light MVRDV designs a large, spherical luminous library
Land of Steel Newcastle has much to offer in its creative landscape
On the Double Toronto shows us a new template for urban working
On Co-working Clare Dowdy revives post-industrial creative spaces
Capture This Walter Knoll’s desktop photography exhibition
The Perfect Shade KITE reinvents the eyewear indutry in east London