Welcome to the September issue, our Social space special. This month sees OnOffice deputy editor Charlotte Taylor embark on her first ever cover story, detailing how modern workplaces need to cater for both collaborative, social spaces, as well as quieter, more contemplative areas. It seems that we don’t all neatly fit into introvert and extrovert boxes, but instead many of us are ‘ambiverts’ who need a variety of work settings to help us operate happily and productively while in the office. This insightful feature can be found in this month’s issue. Flix by Ineke Hans for Hitch Mylius is the subject of Grant Gibson’s column this month and taps into the duality of needing to be seen but not necessarily disturbed by the office hubbub.
Our seating special continues this theme further with everything from cocoon-like sofas for concentration to bar stools for brainstorming, including projects from the likes of MoreySmith and CallisonRTKL. We asked a variety of stakeholders, from designers to dealers, what the current and future trends in seating are, and the results can be read in the issue. This section of the magazine also includes a couple of quirky seats that piqued our interest: a rattan design that straddles the domestic and contract market and a furniture manufacturer collaborating with Ferrari no less!
OnSites this month include Brinkworth’s work for D&AD where the interiors can adapt with a workforce that flexes up and down during the year as those all important yellow pencils are given out. Elsewhere, first time contributor Tom Ravenscroft turns his attention away from his usual specialism of BIM and data centres into something more interiors-focused. OnOffice dispatched Tom to the offices of Cathay Pacific and there he uncovered a clever mix of east and western influences, even incorporating a bit of feng shui. Pick up a copy to find out more.
RegiOn legs it to Liverpool this time around as we find out all about the goings on around Merseyside, including the low down on the new RIBA North. Plus, for all you stationery nerds out there, we present the most covetable desk accessories of the moment in the issue.
Finally, we’re always about bringing you the latest trends and you can’t get much fresher than the output from annual graduate showcase New Designers. I was delighted to be a judge at this year’s 100% Design/New Designers award and our interview with the winner is featured in the magazine. Look out for a full preview of this year’s 100% Design in the next issue.
From the editor The September issue looks at social spaces in the office
News Adjaye Associates to redevelop 5 Strand
Grant Gibson on… Flix seating by Ineke Hans for Hitch Mylius
On London Sadiq Khan’s London Plan to focus on ‘good growth’
On Topic Brand delivery should extend to staff and offices, says 20.20
100% Design 2017’s New Designers 100% Design Award winner
New designers Office furniture highlights from rising new talents
The Shredder Fora’s Katrina Larkin tires of dull spaces experiences
Cut the mustard Yellow touches at D&AD’s office celebrate brand history
Top flight MCM unites Havas Media with stairs and between spaces
First-class office Align creates an elegant office for Cathay Pacific airline
Playing with colour Chromatic colour contrasts with white spaces at Playster
Lively Liverpool The city makes way for RIBA North and Liverpool Waters
Cover story: The mindful office Designing workplaces for the psychological needs of staff
On the double Workplace narratives are taking a subtler approach
On co-working Lambeth council provides co-working in meanwhile spaces
Pull up a chair Different work settings turn to seating as their markers
Sitting pretty The Gandia chair brings domestic comfort to the office
Driving success An office armchair inspired by Ferrari car interiors
In the hot seat OnOffice speaks to designer Sven von Boetticher
Pen to paper A selection of beautifully designed office accessories
Catholic campus MSMR designs a multi-use space for a religious order
Bundle of joy Opendesk launches Thor ter Kulve’s flexible Bundle desk
Our “social space” issue looks at how modern workplaces need to cater for both collaborative and contemplative moments, and the need to sometimes be seen but not disturbed