Office.Info April 2014

They appear in the most extraordinary places, grab everyone’s attention – and then disappear again. The “pop-up” concept is booming, no matter what industry is involved. Levin Wotke examined the concept a little closer and visited a Guerilla Bakery, a Concrete Kitchen and a very special flea market. Sounds interesting? Then keep reading!

Philosopher Robert Pfaller deals with interesting phenomena of contemporary culture as well. He spoke to us about what makes a good life and explains, why the habit of having cocktails at lunch disappeared from modern working life.

From good life to good design:  Milan invited design lovers from all over the world to the Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Find out more about the latest trends in our review and get a first glance at TIMBA, the new table by Bene and PearsonLloyd.

Office.Info March 2014

They are global market leaders (sometimes), have a lot of good ideas, are innovative, create two out of three jobs in the European private sector, and yet they remain largely unknown to the public: we are referring to the so called Hidden Champions, leading firms among small and medium-sized companies or SMEs. We take a good look at the recipe for success of those small, but effective enterprises in our leading article "Innovation guaranteed"

Prangl,  an Austrian transport technology company, is also an SME, that made it to Hollywood –  find out how in our project report.

You might have noticed it already – our trendletter has a brandnew look, just like the Bene website! Launching the new website took us 1.485 cups of coffee, 2.485 emails, 4.967 HTML Pages and numerous meetings – but the result does us proud: precise, responsive design and an Online CAD configurator are only a few of the new features, that were developed by the Viennese web-agency Liechtenecker. For us, those digital natives created an Office.Playlist with some of their favourite tracks.

Office.Info February 2014

Start-up! That’s the starting signal for Bene’s new Office.Info trendletter: Welcome! Much-trumpeted in politicians’ speeches and omnipresent in the media, start-ups are what some economies are pinning all their hopes on. But it's not so easy to say what exactly a start-up is. Reason enough for us to look at the history of the start up, right back to its origins in Silicon Valley. Read about what we discovered in the article "A Founder’s Era".

Are you ready to start something up yourself? You’ll find valuable tips for founding a company in our “Big Bang Theory for Start-ups” Please take it to heart, so things really run well ... and what it’s like when your start-up business turns out to be a real success - Johannes Knoll from Runtastic tells about what it is like being the world market leader in mobile fitness apps.

Ready to jump right in? Here you are: Our new Office.playlist sends the Runtastic Workout Mix straight to your ears – and will motivate you... to get started!

Office.Info December 2013

"I wanted to be guided by trust in myself, in other people and the world" – conceptual artist and political scientist Jeanette Müller works on transitions between science and art and focuses on the issue of trust. We interviewed her about her projects, which take the artist around the world.

You might have guessed it already: The keyword of this month’s issue is trust. But what is worthy of our trust? The leading article reviews the themes and issues the Office.Info discussed in 2013. Hopefully, this review provides a helpful guide for next year’s challenges as well.

Trust is an elementary basis for our everyday lives. It is especially important to have trust, when one decides to take on new challenges and conquer territories, formerly unknown. Find out more about how to prove competence and build trust in our article "The Ghana-Connection".

Office.Info November 2013

Innovations, innovations – sound like sensations! While certain inventions have really been sensational, many are surprising. Imagine what our world would be like without them... but can brainstorms and great ideas be planned or at least encouraged under certain circumstances? We examine this question in our November edition of Office.Info where we shed significant light on the issue.

Dietrich F. Brennenstuhl from the lighting innovator Nimbus agrees with Picasso: "I do not seek. I find", he reveals in the discussion on how and where real innovations emerge. You are in for a surprise.

You will also learn more about how to place offices in the right light and what design trends are shining forth in the world of lighting.

Office.Info October 2013


FC Cologne coach Peter Stöger sums it up: "Working with people has to be fun" and "Every day is a challenge". Those who work with or in a team know what this successful football coach is talking about. Peter Stöger, an Austrian in Cologne, talked to Désirée Schellerer about what really counts when you want to succeed at your game. And so we kick off the second half of our feature on teams!

What really counts when you want to make sparks fly in teamwork? What kinds of spaces generate the desired friction? These are the questions Angelika Molk explores in her article "Teamwork for All!". Curious? Read more below.

See how inspiring office design can encourage creativity as well as team spirit by taking a look at the new spaces of the netzkern Internet agency in Düsseldorf. The staff at netzkern is not just visibly but also audibly creative, as their new Office.Playlist demonstrates: It’s just as colourful and cheerful as the netzkern team itself.

Office.Info September 2013

A good team is capable of achieving things that a single individual could not possibly bring about on his or her own. But what makes for a good team? Ronnie Heiner did some research on the subject of teamwork – find out more in our leading article.

Ulrike Diebold, an internationally well renowned Professor for Surface Physics, seems to be quite a teamplayer herself: in an interview with Angelika Molk she tells us about the importance of teamwork in the sciences, and the requirements and rules for successful cooperation.

It takes a motivated team to organize a festival– this year, the Graz-based cultural event steirischer herbst looks at the nature of dangerous relationship cocktails, of connections which, for all their fragility, are passionate, explosive and always powerful. Our Office.Playlist presents a selection of inspiring songs from the festival’s music programme – enjoy!

Office.Info July 2013


Clemens Setz, shooting star in contemporary German-language literature, enjoys doing nothing on occasion, and feels lucky not to need anyone’s permission to travel anywhere. How do you feel about holidays, idleness, recuperation? We examined idleness quite closely for the summer issue of our magazine: Read about the invention of time off, the art of idleness and the right to be lazy in our leading article. By the way, have you ever heard of Oblomovism? No? Well then, go for it!

Goethe despised all types of comfort when working, because he believed that comfortable furniture makes one passive and would be counterproductive when working. The shift in work methods, the culture and furniture of sitting and more were discussed at Bene Expert Talks in Graz and Vienna – take a look at the review article for more.

Does doing nothing sound like paradise to you? You better think twice: "Paradise might be an island. So is hell", writes Judith Schalansky in her "Atlas of Remote Islands", and tells great stories about fifty islands she has only visited with her finger on a map –reading, highly recommended for idle hours.

Office.Info June 2013

This edition of the Office.Info is all about presenting, representing and exposing oneself. That’s right, we are talking about status symbols. Show me, what you like, and I will tell you – well, to find out what there is to tell, read our leading article about symbols of high social status, power or style.

Wouldn’t you like to know, what it is like to design luxury objects? We spoke with designer and architect Kai Stania – he has designed accessories for Cerruti and Cacharel, and his AL executive furniture even made it into a James Bond movie.

Another shiny and new object of desire is our Office.Playlist: #40 features songs about golden girls and diamond dogs.

Office.Info May 2013

Rolling Masterplan

Imagine walking through a city – and suddenly the house in front of you changes its shape. A nightmare? Or science fiction? Neither one, nor the other - just responsive architecture. Find out more about what houses are nowadays able to do in our article on contemporary architecture – adaptive and changeable.

Adaptability is a crucial quality, in biological evolution as well as in our daily lives. People’s biographies are no longer strictly linear, the "zig-zag" careers are replacing classic career paths. Someone with good insight into how people work today is Ali Mahlodji, CEO and founder of the online-platform WHATCHADO. In an interview Ali talked to us about his mobile dream-office and the rules in the start-up business.

Zig-zag and then straight ahead, this is how we walked through Milan during the Furniture Fair Salone del Mobile 2013. We found out all about the newest trends, and were happy that Bene crossed our path too - namely at an exhibition of contemporary Austrian design, curated by March Gut, a design studio based in Linz. After the hustle and bustle of the fair, the two masterminds of the studio agreed to put together an Office.Playlist for us – enjoy!