Step by step we are moving into a new normal. The most important new game rule for collaboration is: SOCIAL DISTANCING. We at Bene say: PHYSICAL DISTANCING to stay social. The right distance, has always been essential to interact efficiently as a community, team, or group to proactively shape our future and our goals together.
The boundary between the home and the office has become more fluid. Against the backdrop of the current global crisis, we are experiencing a stress test for the home office. It turns out that working from home works in principle, but are also realising the benefits of working in the office too. This will have an impact on the use concepts and design of office space in the future.
At Bene we specialise in designing and furnishing working environments, and so we know how to set up a functional and ergonomic workstation at home, where you can work efficiently and effectively.
The artist Ibraheem Khamayseh used PIXEL boxes as the background for his beautifully artistic Arabic calligraphy, forming the word “friendship”, which embodies the spirit of teamwork and of PIXEL. A huge mega-PIXEL surrounded by a wide variety of PIXEL configurations with Ibraheem’s calligraphy was a much-photographed feature that attracted a great deal of interest from the public at this year’s Dubai Design Week.
In 2009 a new kind of furniture was launched: PARCS inspired unconventional office layouts, breaking out from established formats and routines. Jointly developed by the London design duo Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd, it defined a new style of office interaction. Integrating the communal zones into the office also led to another significant change: the spaces became more colourful, the materials softer, and the colour schemes of office landscapes became a way to define the brand.
We are surrounded by colours all the time. They affect our emotions. They have a major influence on the ambience of a room. Even in the office. Colours are on floors, walls, ceilings, furniture, work accessories, the people around us, and the landscape outside the window. Together they form a never-ending spectrum of nuances, tones and contrasts. Despite all this variety: identity is the result of a conscious selection of materials and colours, especially when it comes to furniture and spaces. Above all, colourful fabrics set vivid accents to an office landscape. In addition to pleasant basic colours, this creates optical highlights.
In 2009 a new kind of furniture was launched: PARCS inspired unconventional office layouts, breaking out from established formats and routines. Jointly developed by the London design duo PearsonLloyd, it defined a new style of office interaction – informal, inspirational and communicative. We celebrate 10 years of PARCS and revisit the background to this success story.
The Salone Internazionale del Mobile was founded in 1961 to promote Italian furniture manufacturing and exports. It soon became one of the most keenly anticipated events in the design industry calendar. This year Bene will be there too, to present the newest member of the Bene product family, PIXEL.
PIXEL might look like a box, but it can also be a table, a bench, or a stand, and so much more. It can even all of these at the same time. Come and visit us at the Salone del Mobile in Milan and get to know PIXEL.
Welcome Muuto! We are delighted to be able to welcome a new partner brand: chairs, sofas, luminaires and much more from Muuto will be available in selected Bene showrooms in the near future. We have used this fantastic new partnership as an opportunity to put three questions to Muuto's CEO Anders Cleeman.
The name Muuto says it all – "muutos" means “new perspectives” in Finnish. Muuto Design develops its Scandinavian heritage fully in line with this concept, based on plenty of passion and bold creative approaches. High standards in terms of aesthetics and functionality, as well as a love of craftsmanship form part of its philosophy, as does trying out new materials and techniques. This philosophy of new perspectives is brought to life in collaboration with unique and modern designers.
It took only 17 days to build the Office of the Future. In this period, no concrete needed to be mixed, and not a single wood chip fell to the ground. The building was printed with a 6 meter high and 46 meter long 3-D printer. Fully functioning and equipped with electricity, water, telecommunications and air conditioning, it is the first office in the world to be built in this manner.
2A Magazine is the Middle East regional source for information regarding architecture, design, and art. ‘2A’ intends to establish a polyphonic relationship with the professional, international audience and should therefore focus on structures that make this relationship possible within its most comprehensive form. As part of its expanding activities 2A is now organizing the 2A Asia Architecture Award (2AAA).This event takes place annually to highlight and celebrate regional and Asian achievements in architecture.
The award is a critical effort to recognize and acknowledge architects who have engaged in creating and designing buildings and cities in Asia originating from their specific cultural and geographical localities and possess specific quality and characteristics attributable to their local origins.