The world of work is changing. People are changing. Ideas flow, workspaces are fluid and processes are flexible. As a global benchmark for innovative working we need to question one thing in particular: EVERYTHING. As Bene has always done. With desks you can stand at. With chairs that are more than just great to sit on. With concepts that spur work. With offices that INSPIRE.
In the PARCS collection, PearsonLloyd wanted to give people a real choice of space and experience, so that they were not dictating how or where people should work. They did not want to presume that they knew what would be comfortable for a particular type or length of meeting. It was more that they wanted to facilitate a different type of use, a different type of interaction, a different type of communication.
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.
At the leading design fair Maison&Objet in Paris in September, Bene introduced their latest innovative solutions for the working environments of tomorrow, which allow fluid boundaries between work and leisure.
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.
Nine young men and women sit in a circle on wooden stools. They are here together to discuss the future of work. These entrepreneurs, influencers and managers, already have a good amount of work life experience to know how it all goes, or at least they have an inkling of how it does. But what they certainty have a good idea about is what the working world might look like in ten or twenty years’ time.
Over the course of two hours themes including artificial intelligence, robotics, workplace dynamics and management systems, as well as personal objectives and the meaning of work, are explored professionally and with purpose. And with empathy, too!
Bene London celebrated this year’s opening of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) with first night party attended by over 300 invited guests. The launch of the STUDIO Workbench surrounded by PIXEL boxes was a success.
A kaleidoscope shows us beautiful designs made from many different shapes. Constantly shifting components and creating something new. The same is true for varied product ranges such as STUDIO, PIXEL and the WORKPLACE Portfolio.
Pioneering concepts for the working environment of the future: As never before, rapid change is affecting every aspect of our society, politics, economy and consequently also our working lives. As part of a large-scale study, Bene conducted interviews and discussions with more than 40 international experts in order to identify current trends, summarise them, and present an overview of their potential impact on working environments. The results of this research project have just been published by Bene as the Future of Work Report 2018, now available online at http://futureofwork.bene.com/.
The world's largest design fair took place between 4–9 April: the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. Major brands and up-and-coming international designers presented the trends of tomorrow. PIXEL by Bene obviously had to take part.
The Salone Internazionale del Mobile has been the centrepiece of the international scene every spring for 56 years now. Around 2,000 companies presented the latest design trends over approx. 200,000 m2 of exhibition space. More than 3,000 visitors came in search of inspiration this year. The six days also included around 1,300 different events. The Salone Ufficio takes place every two years as part of the Salone Internazionale. This year’s "International Biennial Workspace Exhibition", originally established in 1982, was devoted to the theme "Workplace 3.0". Around 120 exhibitors presented their solutions for the working environment over approx. 10,000 m2 of exhibition space.