When designing NOOXS, the London design firm PearsonLloyd was inspired by working methods that are common in architecture. We talked to Tom Lloyd and Luke Pearson about their inspiration, how to delegate work and their favourite song to brainstorm to.
WHEN DOES AN OFFICE NEED NOOXS?
TL: NOOXS came out as a sort of hybrid between traditional partition systems and the market of privacy furniture that arrived out of the collaborative space. NOOXS is about flexibility and simplicity really. If you need something in your workspace, which can easily be moved around. Or maybe you come into a new project or you need to refresh your workspace: Then you can bring in NOOXS much more easily than the traditional built solutions.
HOW DOES NOOXS COMPLEMENT THE BENE PORTFOLIO?
LP: It’s the perfect bridge between the collaborative furniture collections of PARCS and a more traditional portfolio of partitioning systems. It opens a new hybrid sector that benefits from both cultures.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE THE NOOXS DESIGN?
TL: Actually we did have quite a few inspirational thoughts on NOOXS. I think we were seeing it as a kind of micro architecture. We were looking at lots of different types of small buildings hidden in the landscape. This might be in the city or it might be a garden shed. It might also be like a mini theatre on the beach. There are a lot of spaces where you have very small pieces of architecture that stand within the landscape. That was a strong sort of early position for where NOOXS might arrive.
ARE YOU ALWAYS UP TO DATE WITH WHAT IS TRENDING IN YOUR FIELD?
TL: We try to be. I think it is important to see what is happening, but also to ignore it,
because if you keep up with what you see, you’ve got to remember that it takes someone a couple of years to develop a product. If you look at what is happening today, it is kind of what somebody noticed three years ago. You have to imagine what is happening three years ahead, because it takes you two years to develop it. And then it has to be perfect for the market for three to seven years. So we are always in a strange relationship with what we want to discover in the future and what we are learning from what is already in the past and what hopefully is perfect for the present.
HOW CAN YOU DELEGATE THE WORK AMONG MANY PEOPLE AND STILL HAVE CREATIVE CONTROL?
TL: We have a continual flow of both teamwork and individual work. We talk with our teams all the time and every day we respond to the needs of our studio, the needs of our clients and our personal needs to find the best routes through the work. Luke and I also have to bring in our strategic and personal view so projects can benefit from the power of the team. This is what we try to do every day in a very successful way.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE TERM WORK-LIFEBALANCE?
LP: It is unstable. I think this term is more something from generation X than the millennials, because there always was a sense that you worked or you didn’t work. I think today it is much more blended for everyone, especially with technology. You are never only working and never only not working (laughs). It is becoming more about a blended lifestyle. But obviously sometimes you just have to only work and sometimes you have to leave work behind so that you can recover and relax fully.
WHERE IS YOUR ULTIMATE INSPIRATIONAL ENVIRONMENT?
TL: Often, I have my best ideas when I am moving, when I am either travelling, on my bicycle or moving between spaces. Sometimes you have to catch the ideas as they arrive and your brain is working very fast. There isn’t an ideal environment – it’s about catching the ideas as they arrive.
BEST CITY IN THE WORLD?
CHAIR OR TABLE?
TL: David Bowie.
LP: The Stooges.
FAVOURITE SONG TO BRAINSTORM TO?
TL: Everything by Schubert.
LP: Can’t feel my face – The Weeknd.
DO YOU SOMETIMES WISH YOU WERE A START-UP?
LP: We are.