Why do collaborative spaces fail?


By Keti Malkoski When developing a future workplace strategy with a client one objective or driver for change that is frequently identified by stakeholders, is the aim to promote collaboration between people and teams. To achieve this, modern work environments incorporate a range of informal and formal ‘collaborative’ spaces within various workplace areas. These spaces are becoming increasingly diverse; created in a range of sizes to support individuals and groups, with varying degrees of enclosure and privacy, and they incorporate different […]

Q + A with Doshi & Levien


By Jessica Capolupo In their own words, their work ‘celebrates the hybrid and the coming together of cultures, technology, industrial design and fine craftsmanship’. From developing shoes with Her Majesty’s bootmaker John Lobb, to producing a furniture collection with Schiavello, the duo are highly sought after by industry leaders and were named ‘Designer of the Year’ at the 2015 Elle Deco International Design Awards. From their London studio, they take turns to talk family holidays, marriage proposals and their upcoming […]

Age of the Millennial, what does it mean?


 By Christopher Schiavello The hospitality sector is rapidly changing and 2016 promises to be a year of increased demand, growth and acquisitions. The key driver of change in the coming years for the hospitality and hotel sector will be the expected generational shift. Millennials (or Gen Y) aged between 21 and 35, are beginning to enter their prime earning years and will have a definitive impact on how disposable income is spent. According to research recently released by Deloitte’s, Millennials […]

Are our workplaces ready for high impact – low touch technologies?


By Schiavello Behaviours previously confined to science fiction are now contemporary design considerations as new technologies appear on the market – providing workers with dynamic and new ways of working. Consider for a moment, today’s technologies are on track to be four times more powerful by 2020. This exponential increase of computational power will continue to create seismic shifts in workplace behaviour. New interfaces are enabling alternative ways to control computers, generate and navigate digital content and, share experiences. These […]

Occupancy Monitoring to Track or Not to Track


  By Jessica Capolupo If real estate is the second highest cost to a business, then unused space is the peril of any organisation striving for greater efficiency. But for any business looking to reduce the bottom line, are occupancy sensors the key to uncovering the truly efficient workplace, or are they an invasion of privacy? Gone are the days when we were content with apparatus such as motion sensors that could cut lighting electricity usage by as much as […]

The Streets of a Workspace


By Keti Malkoski Transitional spaces or circulation pathways including stairs and corridors are the ‘streets of a workspace’, transporting employees from one place to another. These pathways represent a significant portion of workspace real estate and if activated effectively, can contribute to enhancing connectivity between employees and teams. When organisations embark on the journey to create a new workspace, they establish change objectives related to improving people and business effectiveness to ensure a return on their investment. Improved people and […]

Quiet the Mind


The success of any competitive organisation is dependent on its effectiveness to create, transfer and embed knowledge. This focus on a knowledge currency has fostered the complex knowledge environments that characterise work today: workspaces that are constantly flowing with information. Work is no longer procedural, as we work on many tasks simultaneously within alternative physical and virtual environments, and with diverse people. Working in today’s world of hyper-connectivity means that we are bombarded with information; work is saturated with information […]

How to Think About Generational Leadership


In today’s workplace, leaders are challenged with managing vastly different generations within the same workspace. It is essential that leaders are able to understand the different generations of individuals who have grown up in different times, have opposing values and possess different experiences and expectations. A successful leader is aware of, and acknowledges that generational differences exist in the workplace and stresses the importance of learning how to adjust their leadership and communication styles to best suit the individual needs […]

New Climate Products


Meet the new products added to the user-centred Climate range bringing even more flexibility to the malleable workplace furniture platform. Tables Three new table configurations are now available: Teardrop – Supports collaboration, space efficiency and non- traditional desk clusters through its unique form and shape. Learn more Pebble – Caters for people who need more surface real estate with its rectilinear work surface and softened edges. Learn more Kayak – Allows greater versatility through a curbed and straight edge, with […]

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What makes a successful leader in a flexible workplace?


Flexible or agile workplaces – with increased user mobility inside and outside of the workplace, alter the interactions and relationships between employees and teams. The subsequent reduction in visibility of employees and teams means that future ‘flexible leaders’ need to possess certain skills or competencies to effectively manage a flexible workforce. Thus, a prevalent question in workplace change management discussions is: What makes a successful leader in a flexible workplace? The answer: Successful leaders in flexible workplaces are similar to […]

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