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!

Office.Info April 2013

The term "Corporate Social Responsibility" is already part of the standard business jargon. We’ve decided to examine CSR a little closer – find out how businesses recognise their responsibilities to the environment and to society in our leading article.

As entrepreneurs change the face of business, social entrepreneurs act as the change agents for society and try to solve society’s most pressing social problems. Some of them are supported by Ashoka, the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide. We spoke to Marie Ringler, head of the Austrian branch, about changemakers and modern office life.

New ways of working can also be found at "The Hub", a coworking space in Vienna’s creative district, offering an international network and the perfect environment for people with fresh ideas in the social sector.

With the working environment being always in motion, office furniture are also constantly refined or even redefined. Read about the history of the swivel chair in our article "Roll on", and get to know RIYA, Bene’s latest chief attraction.

Office.Info March 2013


Who doesn’t remember and who didn’t love those childhood stories about helpful little elves? Now it seems as if digitalisation is bringing this "dream" one step closer to reality. In conversation with Angelika Molk, Mercedes Bunz, an active intellectual pioneer of digitalisation who lives in London, pleads the case for creative drive and scientific curiosity, enabling us to experience technological progress as helpful and positive - including automation.

In his article, Ronnie Heiner wonders aloud whether this digital type of automation will mean the end of work – after all, by the end of this century 70 per cent of the tasks that humans do today will be done by machines. And he reports on why we need utopias.

The excitement continues with an insight into the fascinating parallel world of the distant galaxies of Star Wars! Why? R2D2, C3PO and all that, of course. We attempt to track the design elements of the saga – including their influence on today’s designers and architects.

Even Mozart knew that music can be made using algorithms. How "mixed" music from the web can sound today is exactly what the ccMixter community experiments with – the Office.Playlist #37 offers a sample.