Who better to grace our August technology-themed cover than William Newton, the driving force behind WiredScore in Europe and beyond? For the uninitiated, this digital benchmarking company is set to do for connectivity what BREEAM and LEED have done for standards in the area of sustainability.
No longer will potential tenants of an office building be in the dark about how quick, easy and costly it is to set up online in a particular location. On the flip side, landlords can also make their digital prowess part of their marketing package. Read the full interview in the magazine.
Our tech theme is continued in our OnSite section where we take a look around the offices of AnalogFolk, in London’s Clerkenwell where the corporate mission is to ‘bring digital to an analog world’. This has been done with interiors aplomb by Design Haus Liberty, which had to contend with this digital creative agency expanding whilst the project was on site.
Also in EC1 is the new offices of Fred Perry, the culmination of eight years of collaboration with architects Buckley Gray Yeoman. Completing our OnSites this month our longstanding contributor Caroline Ednie brings us workplace news from Basel. Evolution Design, which had previously worked on Google projects in Tel Aviv, Dublin and Zurich, was responsible for transforming a 1950s office block for PwC in the Swiss city. Health and wellbeing was the central tenet of the scheme, a topic we’ll more fully cover in our November issue. This project even features a pod especially for taking power naps in, which we’re very jealous of. Our in-depth feature on includes technological advancements on a macro level, such as how virtual reality can help stakeholders better interact in the building and construction process, to design details in pieces of furniture that harness technology for the comfort of the user.
Many manufacturers have embraced the prevalence of flat screens, laptops and mobile devices in the modern office environment. Read all about the latest iteration of Modus’s Edge range in the issue. OnOffice favourites PearsonLloyd explain how technology has helped to break down what a traditional office is and how they responded to that with this latest design.
I also represented OnOffice at London Tech Week, our first appearance at the event, thanks to an invitation from Steelcase. I moderated a discussion on whether creativity is the new productivity with panellists including our very own columnist Philip Ross. This coincided with the launch of Steelcase’s collaboration with Microsoft, the results of which can be found in the issue.
IN THE ISSUE
From the editor The July issue explores the technology shaping the office
News The Twentytwo office concept offers top amenity space
Grant Gibson on… Carl Hansen & Søn’s Rocking Nest Chair by Anker Bak
On London London’s Green Belt lacks vision, says Peter Murray
On Topic Carlotta de Bevilacqua on the possibilities of li-fi technology
Products Brands showcase their latest products, all in one place
The Shredder TateHindle’s Sarah Brown talks design that fails the user
Creative folk Design Haus Liberty’s unique London space for AnalogFolk
Sleep on the job PwC Switzerland’s workspace features power nap pods
Statement space BuckleyGrayYeoman creates an elegant HQ for Fred Perry
Welsh wonder Cardiff is the heart of Welsh culture and commerce
COVER STORY: William Newton WiredScore’s man in Europe on connected workspaces
On the double Philip Ross on the future of workplace location technology
On co-working London’s libraries were the city’s first hotdesking spaces
Tailored tech Workplace technologies focus on wellbeing and choice
Home comforts The Edge collection gives a soft aesthetic to the office
Furniture meets tech Microsoft and Steelcase team up to promote creativity
Wood work Another Country launches the wooden Work Series
This issue explores how technology is shaping the workplace, from digital benchmarking to the intersection of furniture and digital design