DB&B: MARKING 20 YEARS OF DESIGN EXCELLENCE V9N2
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A GLOBAL COMMUNITY | CULTURAL PARTNERSHIPS | SERVICED OFFICES REIMAGINED | OPEN CLASS SPATIAL NETWORK | BEYOND SKIN DEEP | ACCELERATING INTEGRATION | RETHINKING SHARED SPACES
AT ITS BEST, THE MODERN WORKPLACE IS A HOLISTIC EXPERIENCE.
Collaboration, not surprisingly, results in a significant boost in productivity when done right, whereas silo mentality is proven anathema for any business remotely interested in progress.
n contrast to the static office environments of yesteryear, the workplace of today is something of an ever-changing sea. These days, corporations are learning to go with the flow by heightening the focus on work patterns, day-to-day communication and human relationships. Collaboration, not surprisingly, results in a significant boost in productivity when done right, whereas silo mentality is proven anathema for any business remotely interested in progress. The flexible workplace as we know it is, therefore, highly symptomatic of our fluid, social networking times. As we intensify our collective desire for workplaces that respond better to shifting people dynamics, we are also inclined to do a little soul-searching, delving deeper into our own needs as individuals and what is required of us as we make ourselves at home within modern-day office ‘tribes’. In that regard, out-of-the-box design thinking trumps a one-size-fits-all solution every time. In this current issue of Office Concept, we pay tribute to the art of working together by spotlighting Asia’s most exceptional modern offices and the creative minds behind these buzzing environments. Acknowledged office design experts throughout Asia, DB&B has been setting new benchmarks with respect to innovative workplaces that inspire greater connectivity amongst staffers and other users. With prolific projects like Singapore’s MSD IT Global Innovation Hub and the Telstra Philippines office under its belt, the firm’s highly original design approach reinforces the notion that office layouts fare remarkably well with a side of play. Know of a firm or project showcasing a comparable level of ingenuity? Feel free to write in and let us know. As we at Office Concept move on to future editions, it is my hope that we’ll come across more chances to promote deserving work from within the region. Until then, I’ll leave you to ponder on the following pages…
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Large and small squares, planks and skinny planks.
AROUND THE BEND
An innovative offering by the established Italian furniture company, this stunning seating set turns heads by improving on tried-and-tested basics. Intended for public or private spaces, Keport’s structure is composed of a steel frame and seats made with expanded fireproof anthracite grey polyurethane. Paired with polished aluminum legs and an optional white or anthracite HPL top table, the set is available as two, three or four seater benches.
The Boutique Leather sofa is a timeless classic with a subtle twist. Developed for Dutch studio Moooi, this sophisticated piece is the perfect complement to just about any interior. Designed for ultimate comfort, Marcel Wanders’ impeccable lounger boasts strong contours and intricate patterning for a very stylish sit-down. Vying for something more playful? Look to Moooi’s collection of on-trend cover patterns and sofa feet for all your personalisation needs.
When it comes to waiting rooms or reception areas, it’s hard to go wrong with this unique seating system from London-based Boss Design. A highlight of its namesake range, the Adda’s smartly devised shape allows for ongoing customisation. At once straight and curved, its format gives way to all manner of appealing configurations. A cool selection of cover colours play up its beautifully rounded form, evoking both relaxation and play.
LET IT FLOW
Accommodating collaborative and individual work arrangements, the Kendo seat is a godsend when it comes to teaming up or working solo. Featuring plush padding and high back- and side-rests for privacy, this boxy number is as functional as it is easy on the eyes. Available in one or two colours, the duo-tone upholstery is definitely a notable highlight, as is the rotating side-top table and tablet-smartphone charger feature that come with this two-seater.
A departure from the conventional office chair, the Coza hits all the right marks with respect to aesthetics and functionality. Doing away with multiple components or complex assembly, this swiveling task chair from Boss Design and German designer Martin Ballendat hinges on a single ribbon of material in allowing for unmatched flexibility and support. A visual and functional wonder, this unique number is as fluid as it gets.
The new ZANTE workstation combines unparalleled design sophistication and quality materials with design flexibility for a range of different layouts and office spaces.
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Often relegated to the realm of single workstations, sit-stand tables can prove to be fairly limited where collaborative endeavours amongst staffers are concerned. Incorporating double workstations, the revolutionary Tyde range by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra makes the benefits of combined sitting and standing a communal affair. To boot, the deal is sweetened with the inclusion of a near silent electric height adjustment motor and newly developed sound-absorbing screens.
The HeadLine literally does what other office chairs can’t do. Designed by Mario and Claudio Bellini, this strategically constructed number focuses on providing support for oft-neglected areas such as the shoulders, neck and head in addition to the ever-important lumbar zone. Promoting good posture and lessening muscle strain, the answer lies in the chair’s overall flexibility as well as an elongated backrest designed to reinforce the lower back and neck.
Brilliantly conceived by British design consultants Broome Jenkins for Boss Design, the Deploy table is a utilitarian marvel that does virtually anything you want it to. Wonderfully modern in appearance, its minimalist structure belies its versatile capabilities. Staying true to its given moniker, Deploy gives way to a multiplicity of functions that make it indispensible in the workplace. Coming in various sizes, it also offers the benefits of a static table-top or flip-top.
If messy cables put a damper on your workday, you might be inclined to wonder where the Roxxane Leggera CL has been all your life. Created with freedom, convenience and easy living in mind, this cableless table lamp by Nimbus is a real ‘luminare on the go’. Unrestricted by cumbersome cords, this compact, barely-there number is ideal for illuminating dim, hard-toreach areas thanks to its advanced batteries and highly efficient LED technology.
Known for their edgy offerings, Italian lighting expert Oluce doesn’t disappoint with this contemporary wall light design. Daringly purist, the Line 147 lamp diffuses light upwards and downwards to dramatic effect. Its sizable format and the pared-down chic of its materials – transparent Pyrex glass and polished aluminum – make it an arresting inclusion in office and domestic spaces alike. The resulting light play is an added attraction, heightening Line 147’s artful appeal.
A notable fixture at the SAS Royal Hotel - the famous Copenhagen establishment that once featured groundbreaking works by Danish designer Arne Jacobsen - the AJ Table lamp continues to stand the test of time. Originally introduced in 1960, this iconic design from Louis Poulsen is pleasingly appropriate for work or home environments. Fully tiltable and original in every sense, the asymmetrical head is a true Jacobsen hallmark.
KOKUYO FURNITURE JAPAN’S LEADING OFFICE FURNITURE 024 THIS PICTURE: Regional Head for Asia Pacific, Managing Director of Kokuyo Furniture, Katsuyuki Konishi
A YEN FOR WORKPLACE WELLNESS AS REGIONAL HEAD FOR ASIA PACIFIC MANAGING DIRECTOR OF KOKUYO FURNITURE, KATSUYUKI KONISHI HELMS ONE OF JAPAN’S LEADING OFFICE FURNISHING AND SERVICE PROVIDERS. KOKUYO WAS FOUNDED IN 1905, SELLING COVERS FOR JAPANESE-STYLE ACCOUNT LEDGERS. TODAY, THE COMPANY OFFERS PRODUCTS RANGING FROM PAPER PRODUCTS TO WRITING MATERIALS, OFFICE SUPPLIES AND OFFICE FURNITURE.
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he company’s design philosophy is to keep ergonomics at the top of the agenda, while creating furniture that shapes work styles, improves work performance and enhances its users’ overall well-being. Headquartered in Osaka, Japan, Kokuyo also has offices and Showrooms in China, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia. Office Concept caught up with Katsuyuki Konishi to discuss the company’s quest in developing furniture that makes for healthier and more productive work environments, the business ethos that defines the Kokuyo brand, and the strategy that he hopes will lead the furniture division into the future, among other topics.
Q: YOU HAVE A 26-YEAR HISTORY WITH KOKUYO. HOW DID IT START? A: I joined Kokuyo at the age of 23, after I graduated from university. During my tenure, I was rotated across different positions in various departments within the company. These 26 years I have taken on roles in domestic sales (Japan), production control, marketing, corporate strategy, and overseas sales and management. Q: HOW HAS KOKUYO CO. LTD. BEEN ABLE TO SURVIVE FOR MORE THAN 100 YEARS? A: The origin and essence of Kokuyo’s business as stated by our founder Zentaro Kuroda is ‘’kasu no shoba,” which means providing underappreciated business necessities. At that time, we provided products that were considered “troublesome” or “bothersome,” and it was through this spirit as well as our sincerity and thoroughness towards developing new products for our clients that we began to gain the trust within the industry and stand out from the rest of the pack.
Q: KOKUYO HAS BEEN A KEY PLAYER IN THE OFFICE FURNITURE INDUSTRY. WITH OFFICE TECHNOLOGY CHANGING—MORE WORKERS USING TABLET COMPUTERS AND MOBILE PHONES—CAN YOU DISCUSS WHAT NEW DESIGN CHALLENGES KOKUYO’S ENGINEERS AND DESIGNERS ARE TACKLING TODAY? A: Today’s work trend is characterised by the increasing sophistication of furniture users. With this in mind, we cannot develop products based on our own perspective alone as this will not be good enough for product development and the company. We are therefore committed to discovering the latest work trends and developing products that meet the needs of the market. In Japan, we have a committed team that is working relentlessly to study and understand the latest global work trends. They travel around the world, visiting and studying major multinational companies to gain insights into their work style. From these findings, we transmit that knowledge and share it by publishing the findings in our in-house magazine, Worksight. The research findings are shared with our development, business and marketing departments for the purpose of designing future products.
Q: WHAT DISTINGUISHES THE KOKUYO FURNITURE BRAND? A: We develop products not solely for profit. I would like to think that we are a humanistic organization that prioritizes the user’s needs and interests. In line with our corporate philosophy “to enrich the world through our products and services,” every design and detail of our furniture is designed and developed with the users in mind. The product must not only look good, but it should also be safe to use in addition to benefitting the user and the environment in the long run. Q: AN INTEGRAL PART OF KOKUYO’S DESIGN PHILOSOPHY IS IN “PROVIDING PRODUCTS THAT MAKE PEOPLE’S WORK AND LIVES MORE FULFILLING AND CREATIVE.” CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW THE COMPANY ARRIVED AT SUCH A MISSION? A: We cannot merely sell products as today’s consumers are discerning and sophisticated. We have to have a philosophy, a story and an ethos to share with the consumer. Our furniture should not merely be furniture sitting pretty in the office, but furniture that helps shape work styles, improve work performance and enhance its users’ overall well-being. Therefore, in order to be sustainable and innovative, we have to look at the bigger picture and determine what is beyond us so as to develop a mission that takes these elements into account. Q: HOW DO YOU PLAN TO INCREASE THE VISIBILITY OF YOUR BRAND IN 2016? A: I’ll be looking to consolidating our brand efforts globally, especially in Asia. Hence, we are planning more marketing programmes and initiatives to create more awareness. Besides this, we will continue to consolidate our relationship with our existing partners to build a long-term commitment with them, while at the same time invest more time to reach out to new prospects and customers by opening up new markets. As for product development, we will be working hard behind the scene to design more breakthrough products and new products that reflect current work trends and cater to market demand.
BOTTOM RIGHT: The iconic AIRFORT chair.
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Q: WHAT IS THE OUTLOOK FOR ERGONOMIC OFFICE CHAIRS, WHICH HAVE BEEN A STAPLE OF KOKUYO? A: The ergonomic chair will be here to stay. With the current trend of introducing height-adjustable tables, we see a growing body of research on the health benefits of standing at work, which is a way to improve well-being at the workplace. Still, common sense tells us that we cannot be standing for a good eight hours while working, as there comes a time when you need to sit down to work. In view of this, there is still a need in investing in a good ergonomic chair. No matter what the current work trend may be, the ergonomic chair is still a key performer — you cannot do without it. Q: WHAT IS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PRODUCT THAT KOKUYO HAS ROLLED OUT? A: We have a number of products that are deemed successful in different markets. For example, our system panel PRESENCE enjoyed significant success in ASEAN markets, while our made-in-Malaysia storage cabinet, MEDIX, shared similar success, as we supplied huge quantities of this product to multinational companies. We also witnessed the successful launch of our budget chair ENTRY, which is pocket friendly and packed with a full range of essential functions. However, I think our most successful product has to be our iconic ergonomic chair, AIRFORT. We used a simple technology such as the airbag to create one of the most comfortable and ergonomic office chairs in the industry. In fact, orders have continued to soar for the AIRFORT chairs! Q: WHAT DO YOU WANT THE FURNITURE DIVISION OF KOKUYO TO ACCOMPLISH IN 2016? A: Our goal is to be the number one office furniture manufacturer in Asia. Of course, this is a lofty target, but we at Kokuyo Group are determined to achieve this goal. Every year is important as we aim for breakthroughs and to turn in a profit. In 2016, we must be profitable as a group in ASEAN, so that our brand will be better known. This year, we will be a step closer to achieving what we have set out to achieve by 2020. Q: WHAT HAVE THE HIGHLIGHTS AND CHALLENGES BEEN DURING YOUR TENURE AT KOKUYO? A: It has been a challenge personally to take on the different roles that my job rotation dictates. Every position requires me to pick up new skills and lead a different group of personnel. Still, the biggest challenge thus far has been leading the China team and making further inroads into China’s markets. Admittedly, as a Japanese company, we encounter some difficulty. We have to constantly convince the local market to see beyond who we are, and to channel their attention to our product and service quality instead. That has been our strategy, which has thankfully proved successful! I am truly grateful that I have been given the opportunity to bring Kokuyo to the next level.
Q: HOW HAVE YOU MAINTAINED YOUR DRIVE AND PASSION FOR THE COMPANY FOR TWO AND A HALF DECADES? A: I believe everyone is rooted in a mission. Kokuyo’s philosophy of “enriching the world through our products” is a mission that all our staff should embrace. I believe this mission has helped the company grow, as it is my mission to grow together with the company as well as see my staff progress in their career. Achieving all this not only makes me happy, but also bears testament to my decades of drive and passion, and will continue to drive me in the years ahead.
TOP RIGHT: The pocket friendly ENTRY chair.
BOTTOM LEFT: MEDIX storage cabinets.
BOTTOM MIDDLE: Air Lumbar Support technology from AIRFORT Chair.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Sleek functions from the AIRFORT chair.
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LEADERSHIP VIEWPOINTS AS THE WORLD OF DESIGN TRANSFORMS AND TRANSITIONS, INDUSTRY LEADERS ARE CONSTANTLY CHALLENGING THEMSELVES TO INNOVATE. WE GO UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THESE LEADERS TO UNCOVER THEIR PLANS.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR | DB&B
THE JOURNEY OF IDEA FORMULATION
THE JOURNEY OF IDEA FORMULATION DB&B
Often enough, creative personnel gets the spark of inspiration out of nowhere, one that will initiate the journey of idea formulation. Along the way, the idea is gradually refined and eventually, materialised. We speak to awardwinning interior designer, Joey Quek to find out more.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR | DB&B
DB&B THE JOURNEY OF IDEA FORMULATION
“I AM CONSTANTLY INSPIRED BY VISUAL IMAGERY AND THE PACE OF CITYSCAPES.”
An artist, a musician and an interior designer; Quek has always had an eye for the arts. As the Creative Director at DB&B, he manages a team of both young and senior designers from all walks of life. With 17 years of experience and counting, Quek aims to inspire and empower the team in creating workplaces that unite spatial design with a purpose.
Q: You started your career in Malaysia and Australia and now you are in Singapore. Could you share what it means to you, to design office spaces? A: I have been very fortunate to have worked and lived abroad and be exposed to different work cultures and varying degree of challenges over the years. These are the takeaways which I use to incorporate into each workplace I design. Some have misconceptions that workplace design is rather mundane and uninspiring. On the contrary, I find it a complete and welcomed challenge altogether with a scientific methodology applied within the spatial context. With major shifts in the industry, the goal to create a more personalised space with environmentally sustainable principles makes it even more exciting for me as a designer. The spaces we work in are increasingly akin to living spaces. Ultimately, it is an amalgamation of the emotive and visual impressions that occupants can relate to. Q: How do you go about approaching a new project? A: One key aspect is the valued process of collaborative working with the client and various parties involved. Aligning with and understanding every business’ future positioning within the commercial realms such as the aspiration, branding, culture, expectations, operational and functional requirements are just extracts of the process. However, they are relevant and fundamental prior to the start of every project. Q: Do you have a defining style that you infuse into your projects? A: I tend to inject a sense of theatricality into what I term as ‘The Arrival Experience’ for the reception space.
After all, the reception is a significant and influential factor that speaks volumes of the client and the business’ impression upon arrival. Q: Describe how you map out your thought process. A: I am drawn by the very nature of simple sketching as it captures the start of collective thoughts, impressions and journey. I am constantly inspired by visual imagery and the pace of cityscapes. Therefore, I express it in the form of doodles or a visual reference, an object or even a pattern and texture that can be strung into a wider language of narrative building. I also do acknowledge how valuable technology is to the design industry in conveying built spaces. It is an essential tool no doubt, but the very basics of thought processes are best expressed first – with a pen and paper. Q: Complete this sentence: I appreciate... A: Being part of an evolving community and industry that continues to push boundaries, be engaged, creatively challenged, and be in the knowwhat-why-how circumstance. It’s refreshing to meet and form alliances with different communities, especially with new clients and industry partners. The wealth of creative license is limitless and I have observed the evolution of design and how it even transcends the physical needs of workplaces. But far more important is the success of managing and if not, exceeding client expectations and the overall delivery stemming from a fruition of holistic and communicative approach. Q: What is your vision for DB&B? A: 20 years is a significant milestone for DB&B. We, as a team, aspire to elevate the brand and design standards and to continue pushing creative boundaries within the context of commercial realism.
I feel that it’s important to create an identity that is appropriately bold yet dignified, dynamic, progressive. Not withstanding the fact that it should be imbued with a restrained, minimalist elegance that surpasses time, and not just initiated by trends.
TOP: Quek’s conceptual sketch of an arrival experience
SINGAPORE THE EVOLUTION OF WORKSPACE DESIGN
THE EVOLUTION OF WORKPLACE DESIGN ABOVE: DB&B Singapore Office.
“DB&B’S WAYS2WORK WILL EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS AND CORPORATIONS WITH AN INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT THAT SUPPORTS UNIQUE WORKING STYLE, CULTURE AND SPECIFIC SPACE REQUIREMENTS.”
What is a great workplace? In the region, the demand for unique spatial experience, brand's expression and functional performance have polarised from one industry to another. Office design is no longer a tool for productivity but became a common experience where users are engaged in sharing a distinct identity in a corporate body.
or 20 years, commercial interiors specialist, DB&B has forged on the transformation of workplace design with a holistic effort. The regional firm’s deep understanding of how a workplace should function has propelled them to the #11 spot at the Interior Design Giant Ranking this year, up two spots from 2015. Beyond aesthetics, some of the elements that also shape the group’s unique design approach to a great workplace are work patterns, economic outlook and practical users’ requirements, to name a few. WEAVING INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE NEEDS Understanding that people make the space is fundamental. But a dive deeper into the demographics will reveal that behavioural constructs that diverge between generations, educational pedigree and environment would weave a dynamic utility to the spatial fabric. For instance, some tend to work more productively in groups. Thus collaborative setting is key to real estate maximisation. However, others might differ. By understanding the interfaces in the workplace, it pushes designers to evolve beyond the creative realm into facility advisory. The designer’s role here is to facilitate
TOP LEFT & RIGHT: MSD IT Global Innovation Hub (Singapore).
and advice on how the space is best utilised to support the users whilst considering the practical, cultural and limitation aspects. CHAMPIONING WORKPLACE CHANGES With that said, in a workplace development exercise, key leaders and stakeholders also have corporate agenda to meet. Thus, the change management process - to ensure that these objectives are communicated throughout, is key to success. As designers, the aim is to always balance productivity, efficiency, operational cost, wellbeing with business sustainability. To meet these demands and anticipate the future needs, DB&B recently launched Ways2Work - a strategic design development framework that marry creativity, practicality and buildability in the pursuit of a great workplace. The framework streamlines processes, communications barriers and aligns expectations. Going forward, DB&B will be riding on the Ways2Work framework in its future design approach. Its aim is to empower individuals and corporations with an inclusive environment that supports unique working style, culture and specific space requirement.
A GLOBAL COMMUNITY
AS A MEETING POINT FOR GLOBAL EXECUTIVES, MSD IT GLOBAL INNOVATION HUB IS EQUIPPED WITH A VARIETY OF ACTIVITY-BASED WORK SETTINGS TO PROMOTE COLLABORATION AND CONNECTIVITY
SINGAPORE | 32,000 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN CONSULTANCY
SINGAPORE MSD 040 ABOVE: Unique carpet patterns add life to the reception and demarcates the adjacent open pantry.
The MSD IT Global Innovation Hub (The Hub) in Singapore is an incubation space that hosts the world’s brightest minds. This 32,000 square feet space is the third and latest addition to MSD’s global network of innovation hubs. This is the third global hub after Prague, Czech Republic and Branchburg, USA.
n Singapore, The Hub focuses on enabling people and the company to harness digital innovation for better healthcare, especially in the areas of diseases that may develop into significant problems 20 years from now. The Hub is the meeting point for traveling users, thus collaboration is essential. As their designer, DB&B’s ultimate goal was to create an environment for users or visitors from global offices to feel right at ‘home’ when they are in Singapore. Working with two large floor plates, DB&B had to innovate beyond corporate space planning and weave the qualities of a ‘home’ that people from all walks of life can identify with. Their breakthrough was understanding how a ‘home’ can be re-interpreted in commercial offices. To do that, DB&B established two concepts: ‘neighbourhood’ to create a sense of belonging and ‘iconic spaces’ to mirror destinations.
TOP: The comfortable booths are ideal for focused or collaborative work.
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“THE SINGAPORE-BASED ASIA PACIFIC IT GLOBAL INNOVATION HUB IS PART OF A THREE-HUB, GLOBAL NETWORK THAT PEOPLE CAN USE TO SHARE IDEAS AND BEST PRACTICES AROUND THE WORLD IN REAL TIME.”
SINGAPORE MSD 044 ABOVE: Employees are empowered with the freedom to choose between the various types of work settings to suit their own working styles.
WORKING IN A NEIGHBOURHOOD DB&B planned the 32,000 square feet space into four working zones, often referred to as ‘neighbourhoods’. Every ‘neighbourhood’ contains self-sustaining facilities that will support and enable work to happen anywhere, such as lockers, a project room, privacy room, phone-booth, collaboration areas and a small number of workstation clusters laid out in an open space. These comfortable-sized ‘neighbourhoods’ enable MSD’s nomadic users to form microcommunities during their residence, especially for those who collaborate on a project. To work on individual projects, users may also do so at focus or enclosed rooms without stepping out of their ‘comfort zone’. By colour-marking the ‘neighbourhood’, DB&B created spatial identity and provided navigation within the large space. The space also incorporates quintessentially Singaporean design features. Whilst representative of the Hub’s location, these features serve to commemorate MSD’s significant presence in Asia.
TOP: Layout plan for Level 6 – In the open concept office, users may belong to a ‘neighbhourhood’ indefinitely.
BOTTOM LEFT & RIGHT: Each coloured ‘neighborhood’ is equipped with self sustaining facilities to enable work to happen anywhere.
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“THESE COMFORTABLE-SIZED ‘NEIGHBOURHOOD’ ENABLE MSD’S NOMADIC USERS TO FORM MICRO-COMMUNITIES DURING THEIR RESIDENCE, ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WHO COLLABORATE ON A PROJECT.” ABOVE: Collaborative technology like interactive media wall is integrated into the space to support discussions.
TOP: Staff can recharge or hangout at the resting pods available.
BOTTOM: Quick touch down spaces are conveniently located near the general work area.
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MEETING AT ICONIC SPACES The ‘neighbourhood’ meets at ‘iconic spaces’, which serve as chill-out, touch-down and recharge areas. Most of these spaces are modeled after famous landmarks in Singapore to provide geographical context whilst celebrating MSD’s presence in Asia.
ABOVE: MSD staff were given a choice to vote for their favourite heritage sites as the Peranakan Kopitiam and The Botanic Gardens.
Quintessentially Singapore destinations such as UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens and ‘kopitiam’ or old coffee houses donned in local Peranakan style, inspired the creation of the library at level 6 and theater at level 7 respectively. Users may ‘visit’ these areas to socialise or simply unwind. Another icon within the space is the staircase that links the two-storey Hub. This highlights the access, connectivity and mobility which feature prominently in The Hub’s culture. Together, these elements work to create a comfortable place for the users to call ‘home’ while they are in Singapore.
TOP RIGHT: The ‘iconic spaces’ for users to relax and rejuvenate are inspired by Singapore’s heritage icons.
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TELSTRA IMPLEMENTS FUTURE WAYS OF WORKING TO EMPOWER EMPLOYEES WITH FLEXIBILITY AND MOBILITY
PHILIPPINES | 7,000 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN & BUILD
Telstra, an Australian telecommunications company serving an international clientele, recently embarked on a quest to redesign their offices. First piloted in Sydney, Australia, Telstra now implements â€œFuture Ways of Workingâ€? or FWOW in their regional offices to empower their employees with full flexibility, providing options to where and how they work.
s the appointed designer for the Telstra Philippines office, DB&B worked with their project manager to create an attractive office that reflects both the Filipino and Australian cultures. The design itself has to be sensitive to the local settings in a way that fuses Australian heritage and Filipino culture into a vibrant cross-cultural workplace.
TOP: Meeting rooms equipped with plug & play media to support seamless communication with clients or overseas colleagues.
ABOVE: The lounge is furnished vibrant soft seating and acoustic panels to create contrast against the ‘warehouse’ feel of the office.
PHILIPPINES TELSTRA FLEXIBLE AT HEART
One defining aspect that differentiates Telstraâ€™s workplace is its hot desking set-up, where employees outnumber the desks. The number of available work spaces is only 75% of the total number of employees. Hence, there is no assigned seating and office-based employees can move around and choose where to sit or stand, depending on the nature of task at hand. At the focus-work area, employees can work without distractions on desks with visual and acoustics privacy. There is also semi-private zone to perform individual tasks in a team environment. To support group activities, teaming tables are designated for collaborative work and common spaces for informal meetings and discussions.
TOP LEFT & TOP RIGHT: Focus work areas are demarcated with trellis for better privacy at focus work areas.
BOTTOM: Iconic kombi van remodeled as a table to facilitate discussion.
PHILIPPINES TELSTRA 056 ABOVE: A jeepney - an ubiquitous symbol of the local culture, takes the centre stage at the pantry.
VIBRANT JUNCTIONS Whilst the office is located at a commercial building, the design team created a twist by infusing a ‘warehouse’ feel via the use of industrial materials. Cement finish and brick walls start at the reception, offering a subtle hint of what more there is to see inside the office space. As a design feature, DB&B gave prominence on quintessential icons of both cultures - a jeepney (public transportation in a form of a truck in the Philippines) and a kombi van with surf boards are used to host teaming tables. These tables are readily equipped with multimedia plugins to facilitate discussions. The eclectic additions to the office embody Telstra’s emphasis in cross-cultural collaborations. To separate the quiet nooks from the informal gathering spaces, wooden and glass panels are introduced as alternative partitions, while adding an aesthetic attribute to the space. Collaboration spaces are made accessible from work desk settings for staff to shift quickly between modes of work and thus encouraging knowledge transfer at the same time. The space is also furnished with soft tactile materials and colourful loose furniture that complements the industrial look. The combination of earth tones and vibrant hues work together to create a dynamic space for users to work, move and play.
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SERVICED OFFICES REIMAGINED
SUNLAND OFFERS AN INNOVATIVE LAUNCH PAD FOR EMERGING BUSINESSES
SHANGHAI | 14,000 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN & BUILD
SHANGHAI SUNLAND 060 ABOVE: The intricate details carved on the curvilinear timber walls adds an interesting feature to the space.
Established in 1994, Sunland Shanghai’s comprehensive business units comprises real estate development, leasing as well as commercial and residential property management. To design their new serviced offices, Sunland invited DB&B to provide their expertise. Given this blank canvas, the commercial interiors specialist took this opportunity to explore a fresh concept.
B&B sought to create an inviting and inspiring space that would appeal to Sunland’s potential tenants, visitors and users alike. Understanding that serviced offices are often a launch pad for emerging companies, the design team set ‘sky is the limit’ as a main concept. Through creative use of forms and shapes, users are encouraged to freely imagine their future and boundaries in this attractive office.
TOP: Shared facilities like the teleconference room and pantry are located centrally and side by side for easy access.
SHANGHAI SUNLAND 062 ABOVE: The arch-shaped lighting envelopes the reception area and complements the flowing lines applied in the space.
SKY IS THE LIMIT The distinctive style starts upon entrance of the space, where curvilinear lines envelopes the reception area and adjoining waiting area. These soft flowing lines serve as a demarcation of the public and staff areas whilst creating a refreshing contrast with the surrounding rectilinear office layout. Central to the layout is a unique reception counter shaped in the form of a cloud. The counter harbours a concave chamber in the middle to give it its unique look that reminds us of The Cloud Gate sculpture by renowned artist Anish Kapoor in Chicago. Cohesive to this sinuous narrative is an arch- shaped lighting over the ceiling, which creates a dramatic effect over the reception counter. Calm and neutralised colour palettes are used throughout the space to accentuate the curves and guide sightlines. Against the reception, dark timber finishing helps to set a sophisticated look and set the mood to a cosy ambiance.
TOP: Free form structures as a ceiling feature highlight the creative use of shapes with a sense of movement.
WORK EASY For easy access to all tenants, shared facilities like the meeting room and teleconference room are located centrally in the 14,000 square feet office. Unlike the enclosed general office workspaces, glass partitions are employed in these rooms to create the sense of transparency whilst providing sound insulation. In the meeting room, the organic theme is implied through free form structures on the ceiling, which are also found on the ceiling installation at the breakout area. On the other side of the central core lies the breakout area, which functions as a recharge and discussion zone. To enhance and elevate the space, DB&B introduced vibrant, bold pops of modular furniture, including versatile soft seating. Custom-built booth seating in the shape of organic forms are also made available to facilitate meetings and spontaneous exchanges. With the playful patterns imprinted on the carpet, these design elements weave a cozy recreational space fit for users to lay back and dream.
THE STUDY PHILIPPINES
THE STUDY’S ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO LEARNING
PHILIPPINES | 4,000 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN & BUILD
PHILIPPINES THE STUDY 066 ABOVE: A unique classroom that serves a functional purpose while inspiring a sense of wonder.
Nestled within a posh mall along the commercial district of Ortigas, Philippines, ‘The Study’ is Enderun Tutorial & Language Center’s first satellite campus. The tutorial center is known for its language courses and also offers academic workshops and short specialised courses.
oing away with conventional desk settings and blackboards, one will not associate the space with an educational facility. Instead, The Study features warm and welcoming classrooms that make learning collaborative and exciting. For this project, DB&B was tasked to create a fun, yet conducive learning environment. Enderun wanted a learning hub where students are encouraged to take ownership of their academic life through modern teaching and independent learning. Having designed Enderun’s McKinley Hill campus in Manila in 2012, DB&B was able to grasp the client’s requirements for The Study and executed it perfectly.
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AREA EXPLORATION To provide choice and facilitate all kinds of academic lessons, DB&B planned for a number of classrooms that can accommodate 3 to 17 students. Each classroom features a unique environment, reaching to a sense of wonder in the students. Because learning should be fun, the vibrant colour palette work together with the whimsical lighting to create interesting settings. Visitors and students can peer into the classrooms through the glass partitions, creating an open environment despite the compact size of the overall area. The choice of furniture also supports learning by featuring ‘stories’ behind their creation. For example, the chairs and tables used in the rooms are locally crafted to give a context to the design process. Each room also featured a unique look that is marked by distinct door colours, creating ‘destinations’ for exploration and imagination.
LEFT & RIGHT: Two large classrooms with different themes that accomodate up to 10 pax.
STUDENTS ENGAGEMENT Aside from classrooms, ‘The Study’ houses a computer laboratory, a conference room, a student lounge, study halls and even a café run by the students. Open to the students and public, the café is another feature that engages students beyond traditional learning. Adopting the modern-country style for ‘The Study’, an array of stylish wooden furniture was used against the exposed bricks backdrop. In the reception area, white brick walls help to brighten the space and create an attractive contrast with the wooden furniture, medium tone hardwood flooring and soft-coloured furnishings. In the conference room and study lounge, DB&B introduced floor-to-ceiling shelf space where students can display their works along with study materials. This creates a sense of ownership of the space and encourages the students to interact with their class environment. It is no wonder that students actually look forward to come to class in this learning centre.
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INSIDE-OUT, THE GARENA STORY FOCUSES ON CONNECTING PEOPLE THROUGH DESIGN
SINGAPORE | 80,000 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN & BUILD
SINGAPORE GARENA ONLINE 072 ABOVE: Large window panes allow abundant natural light to flood into the corridors of the office space and reduce the need for artificial lighting.
Garena is rapidly evolving as a global internet giant. In the next few years, they aim to double their talent pool and further diversify their products and services. Recently, they consolidated a few offices into a double storey space that spans over 80,000 square feet at the Galaxis, Singapore.
TOP: Green, vibrant acoustic panels in the 28-pax boardroom matches the striking carpet patterns.
arena’s design objective was to maintain internal cohesion, while setting the corporate stature to future partners and investors. In addition, DB&B envisions the office space as a great platform to enhance employee satisfaction rates in the competitive technology industry. Derived from Garena's online business domain, the design team came up with 'Connectivity' - a powerful idea that seeks dramatic expressions both in the aesthetics and spatial experience to unite everyone in one strong identity. CREATE A LASTING IMPRESSION The team planned a strong metaphor that expresses connectivity through the use of ‘membranous’ vernacular in a distinct collection of textures and modules. The visually-apparent and attention-grabbing dramatic effect is met with the hero metaphor of a sprawling network in the ceiling installations, formed with tensile and metal suspenders. Contextualising this illustration is the fluid language that speak of a connected network, weaved in a harmony of strong contrasts and subtle insinuations at various surfaces. There is an imaginative array of 'membranous' patterns on carpets, glass balustrade, acoustics treatments, frosting patterns, surface laminates and more.
SINGAPORE GARENA ONLINE 074 ABOVE: A solid staircase is erected at the heart of the circulation to connect the two office levels.
The other design elements that signify network and expansion in various forms are also distinct. The simple narrative of trees and chairs at the cafeteria faithfully echo the metaphor of a connected network. Even the sinuous corridor carpets speak of the same language. These elements work together to build an immersive story of connectivity. A CONNECTED JOURNEY For a space with such a rich narrative, the team pays incredible attention to creating a coherent experience throughout. At the entrance on level 17, users are greeted by the reception via a prominent counter and distinctive floor markings. The floor’s curved direction intuitively leads external guests into the visitors’ lounge, boardroom and meeting rooms at the back of the lobby. To open access from one storey to another, the team planned a solid staircase right at the centre of both levels, which further amplifies that connectivity is also the heart of DB&B's planning strategy. Here, tensile membranes are vertically stretched and glides through the double volume staircase, creating a dramatic impact that visibly links the two levels.
LEFT: Barrisol tensile in the form of membranous pattern stretches over the ceilings along the corridors and at the public areas.
RIGHT: The organic workstations are custom made and speak of the ‘connectivity’ theme.
SINGAPORE GARENA ONLINE 076 ABOVE: The large cafeteria serves as a townhall when needed and plants brighten up the spaces whilst connecting with nature.
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO PLACES Given the younger employees’ demographic at Garena, DB&B created a variety of spaces that breaks the monotony of desk work. The general work area is an egalitarian space where desks are laid in an open plan. Privacy was a key consideration for those who prefers to work in a focused environment, thus phone booths, focused rooms and semi-open collaborative spaces can be found strategically within the clusters of workstations or ‘neighbourhoods’. Custom made bean-shaped workstations are another feature that speaks of connectivity. At the work area, one workstation is connected to another in an organic pattern that surrounds a central cable tower. These cable towers are customised to house data and connectivity points for the users to share. DB&B also provided common facilities for Garena’s employees to relax and rejuvenate. Tucked in a corner of their work area are nap and massage rooms. Apart from the tea points located at the heart of the work area, users may relax at the sunny cafeteria and games room. To boot, the cafeteria features a sweeping view of lush greenery at Singapore's prime research and development complex, visually connecting the outdoor in and the indoor.
TOP: Amenities are aplenty in Garena’s office – Naps rooms are available for staff to recharge during lunch and after office hours.
NU SKIN MALAYSIA
BEYOND SKIN DEEP
THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN SPACES AT NU SKIN CLEARLY DESIGNED TO ECHO THE COMPANY’S BUSINESS OFFERINGS
MALAYSIA | 8,000 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN & BUILD
MALAYSIA NU SKIN 080 TOP & BOTTOM: Double-helix structures at the show room area reflect Nu Skinâ€™s focus on research and their nature of business.
Famed for their premium-quality anti-aging products and unique business approach, Nu Skin’s business has grown to over 50 international markets in a span of 32 years.
s Nu Skin’s operations is built on a direct-selling and distribution business model, it is pivotal that the space caters to the interactions between their customers.
A CUSTOMER DRIVEN SPACE Nu Skin’s 8,000 square feet space in the heart of bustling Kuala Lumpur play hosts to a variety of spaces. These areas have specific purposes that cater to their customers. Upon entrance, visitors are welcomed by a spacious reception that opens up to a product display and consultation areas. This is an open and high-interaction space where distributors could connect with each other and conduct product presentations to new customers. Understanding that education is key to experience Nu Skin’s product, there are also consultation rooms and meeting rooms that cater to smaller or one-to-one engagement sessions. To experience Nu Skin’s products more intimately, Nu Spa is created and tucked away for privacy. This is where all Nu Skin’s products are on display for testing purposes whilst providing a quiet space for staff to engage with the clients. RESEARCH DNA ‘Polished and Consistent’ are the words to describe the overall feel of the space. Nu Skin has a reputation of being scientific and research-based. To capture this, DB&B uses high-gloss and solid materials such as glass, marble and stainless steel. The tall double-helix installations in the showroom area further support a clinical impression. Essential to global corporations like Nu Skin is the consistency of experience throughout all their spaces. As their designer, DB&B is aware of this and applied Nu Skin’s identity in the graphics and colour palette that can be found throughout the space. Because this is a people-centric space, a “Wall of Fame”- staple to any Nu Skin’s space around the world- was dedicated at the showroom to feature high performing distributors.
ABOVE: Marble surfaces are used extensively in the Nu Spa area, where customers can sought consultation from the experts.
TOWER TRANSIT’S FLAGSHIP BUS DEPOT PLACES EMPLOYEE WELL-BEING AS PRIORITY
SINGAPORE | 37,000 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN & BUILD
SINGAPORE TOWER TRANSIT 084 ABOVE: Meeting rooms are fitted with operable walls and can be extended to form a training room.
When Tower Transit became the first bus operator to be awarded Singaporeâ€™s Government Bus Contract, they wanted to ensure employee welfare is made a key focus in its recruiting efforts. To manage its Singapore operations, The London-based firm needed to fill up 750 bus captain positions over the course of six months.
ith that in mind, integration becomes a priority. Externally, Tower Transit will be integrating with the existing public transportation in Singapore. Internally, there is a need for rapid integration between the new captains, employees and workers. For this project, DB&B worked handin-hand with Tower Transit to design a bus depot that focuses on integration and building a healthy community.
TOP: A touchdown space that connects to the pantry allows for impromptu discussions.
SINGAPORE TOWER TRANSIT 086 TOP: A recreational lounge with cosy furniture is BOTTOM: Bus captains can utilise the rest area dedicated for bus captains to relax and engage before or after their shifts. with each other.
UNIQUELY SINGAPORE OFFICE Operating from the new Bulim bus depot, Tower Transit’s large facility covers 10 hectares and can accommodate up to 500 buses. It is fully equipped with refueling and bus maintenance facilities, while the office, staff recreational area and cafeteria is located at the depot’s main building. Welcoming visitors and employees at the office reception area is a unique feature wall made of various sized rectangle blocks. These form the outline of the Singapore Island. The significance of the design feature is salient as it is a mark of Tower Transit’s success as the first foreign bus operator to enter the competitive and highly regulated Singapore market. DB&B also brings the concept of ‘Garden City’ – Singapore’s famous moniker – into the office design. At various pocket of spaces, potted plants give rest to the eyes and create a lively environment. INTEGRATED REST AREA As bus captains have to undergo up to 60 working hours per week, well-being is the biggest consideration when designing the staff recreational area and cafeteria. The dedicated 12,000 square feet area houses a variety of staff facilities, including a canteen dining area, a lounge area, internet kiosks and lockers. A key amenity – the rest area with day beds, allows captains to recharge after a long day of driving. The lounge area is also furnished with foosball and ping-pong tables and staff can engage in games at the casual lounge. Taking advantage of the large window, the seating area is a perfect spot for users to rest while basking with natural light.
TOP: The spacious canteen can host over a hundred drivers during their break time.
TURBOMECA’S NEW OFFICE IS ALL ABOUT BALANCE AND EQUALITY
SINGAPORE | 33,000 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN & BUILD
SINGAPORE TURBOMECA 090 TOP: Neutral colours and simple forms are applied in various areas to express Turbomecaâ€™s identity.
BOTTOM LEFT & RIGHT: Touch down spaces for collaborative or individual work are abundant at the cusps of work areas across the three floors.
Turbomeca is the world leader in helicopter engine. Its Singapore-based subsidiary recently moved to a new location in the Seletar Aerospace Park to support its customers in the Southeast Asian region. The 33,000 square feet new building adds capacity for the maintenance of Turbomeca engines and also houses a qualified technical training center.
or this project, DB&B created a warm and open office for the multicultural and multinational users. The aim is to have an office that everyone can relate to and take ownership of. With the knowledge that the building receives a lot of daylight due to its location on a flat site, DB&B used colours and simple forms to express Turbomeca's identity. This results in a unified look and feel across all three levels. BALANCE & EQUALITY When users come into the office, they will instantly notice the abundance of light overflowing from the large windows. As the interiors receive a lot of natural light, the warm but reserved colour palette seems to fit perfectly in setting a balanced workplace. There are various departments and business units housed under one roof, so connectivity is the central to the planning. To connect these departments, a central internal staircase is built to navigate the multilevel building. Levels 1 and 2 host open offices, collaboration areas, training rooms and other enclosed offices. Apart from the collaboration areas and open office, Level 3 also features a large pantry area. Planning wise, DB&B designed the space in an egalitarian way. Apart from the Managing Director office, no other enclosed offices ‘own’ a window to themselves. In effect, this creates bright open spaces. DB&B also
planned for collaborative areas to be shared among a few workstations. With trellis demarcations, light may flow seamlessly to the core of the space. COMMUNAL SPACES In the office, the availability of various breakout and touch-down spaces further facilitate internal collaborations at work. The cool palette of blue and white are cleverly chosen as a neutral background to the multicultural team and their collective activities. The colour also serves as a reminder of Turbomeca’s brand identity. In contrast to the cool palette at the work stations, the pantry at level 3 features a colourful fabric backdrop and playful furniture to create a sense of whimsy. This pantry is the main community space for users to celebrate internal events. The large pantry also opens up to an outdoor deck that presents an unblocked view of the Seletar private airport. As the airport is a few buildings away, users may catch a close up sight of private planes landing and taking off from time to time. This postcard perfect deck is further furnished with colourful outdoor furniture to invite users to step outdoors and chill.
GOOD TO GREAT
IT’S DESIGN SYNERGY FOR THE GALLUP OFFICE GALLUP
SHANGHAI | 6,200 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN & BUILD
SHANGHAI GALLUP 094 TOP: Marble counter and timber panel wall finishes are used in the pantry to achieve the look and feel of the design.
BOTTOM: In the event that all meeting rooms are occupied, informal discussions can be held at the open lounge area.
Gallup, one of the world’s leading business consultancy firms recently expanded to open a second office at the Shanghai International Commerce Centre. Located at the heart of Shanghai, the office is a bustling hub that hosts a high volume of interactions.
TOP: The meeting cum training room with comes with various desk settings.
he designer, DB&B, was successful at combining professional and functional features with hospitality touches. The result is a cohesive space that further complements Gallup's stable image.
GOOD IMPRESSION At 6,200 square feet, the space needs to be designed to host maximum interactions without deviating from Gallup brand's exclusivity. The challenge was to marry hardy and utilitarian materials with elegant finishes. Not only DB&B rose to the challenge, they did so hospitably. Welcoming visitors to the Gallup space is a warm impression produced by the synergy of timber and bright light. Here, users’ eyes are directed towards the reception desk. Resembling an art sculpture or a precious piece of jewel, the marble counter is wrapped inside a glass casket that hints slightly at the company’s solid stature, exclusivity and security. This impression continues to the general work area. Complementing the lightness and warmth at the entrance, Gallup's work area is open to facilitate engagements and a wide array of activities. DB&B chose timber, glass and neutral colour palette that conveys the same look and feel.
SHANGHAI GALLUP 096 ABOVE: Glass panels used for enclosed rooms reflect Gallupâ€™s open learning culture and presents visiting clients a positive impression.
GREAT IMPACT Located in a LEED Gold premise means that tenants have to comply with the building’s sustainability regulations, especially relating to mechanical and engineering fittings. However, Gallup took this a step further by consciously opting for sustainable materials and finishes to minimise their overall carbon footprint. Afterall, this office is part of Gallup’s commitment to creating a lasting impact in the business communities and the environment included. As it covers a large area of the office, flooring choice is prime example. For the timber flooring, bamboo was chosen over imported hardwood for cost and freight efficiencies. Not only bamboo is more efficient to produce, it is also lighter and easier to transport as DB&B sourced for the materials locally. Being situated in Shanghai, the centre of commerce in China, has its set of advantages when it comes to sourcing and producing design features. In addition to flooring, DB&B also chose locally sourced and often green certified materials such as electricals, adhesives and lightings. This effort has significantly reduced environmental, time and economic costs without compromising on the overall quality of Gallup’s office.
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RETHINKING SHARED SPACES
FORWARD LOOKING VISION FOR ROHDE & SCHWARZ’S REGIONAL HQ
ROHDE & SCHWARZ
SINGAPORE | 85,000 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN & BUILD
SINGAPORE ROHDE & SCHWARZ 100 TOP: The pantry and break out spaces are naturally illuminated with clear views of the outdoors.
BOTTOM: Quality environment for employees to mingle and brainstorm.
Can an engineersâ€™ office move away from enclosed offices to a more collaborative one without compromising their work? Can they look into the future without compromising their present needs?
ohde & Schwarz, German communications engineering giant has been expanding its presence steadily in Singapore and was looking to set up their Asia headquarters in Singapore. With an established relationship with DB&B since 2006, Rohde & Schwarz consulted the interior design firm to provide design advisory and construction services for the 85,000 square feet space. The driving force behind this large project includes executing efficient spaceplanning and maximising real estate to accommodate future expansion. FOCUS ON NEEDS For the Rohde & Schwarz employees, moving away from enclosed offices may be intimidating right off the bat. Hence, the DB&B team addressed the potential concern by educating the users on the benefits of flexible work models and shared spaces. To strike a balance between the usersâ€™ needs and real estate savings, DB&B proposed an open office environment, which encourages a collaborative culture, in addition to fulfilling both sets of requirements. Areas throughout the workspace are designed for individuals and group activities, which center on collaboration, interaction, deep-thinking and focused work.
Aside from the workstations laid out in an open concept, enclosed rooms designated for managers and closed door discussions are tucked to the core to allow natural light to flood into the workstations. DB&B also offered modular workstations that allows staff to change their workspace environment as and when they desire. RATIONAL PLANNING On a macro level, the building was planned in a rational, yet dynamic manner that is easily understood by the client. Lower levels host spaces designed for the public while the upper levels host work areas and private meeting spaces. At level one, the large cafeteria serves as a gathering space to foster a sense of community. Doubling up as a townhall, staff can use the cafeteria to hold internal events or announcements. Level two hosts training rooms, boardrooms and other enclosed rooms in an efficient layout with one primary circulation. This rational planning aims to maximise the use of space, thus it was also applied on the upper floors where the general work area is.
A VISUAL BALANCE
ORICA’S CORPORATE SPACE IS TESTAMENT THAT LESS IS OFTEN MORE
PHILIPPINES | 19,000 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN & BUILD
PHILIPPINES ORICA 104 ABOVE: Oricaâ€™s reception is a blend of white clean space with hints of earthy colours in the furniture and flooring.
With a company history stretching back to 1874, Orica has evolved into a global company with a workforce of over 12,000 employees. The companyâ€™s operations in over 50 countries meant that creating a respectful and inclusive work environment remains a crucial consideration when it comes to managing its diverse workforce.
rica is the largest provider of commercial explosives and blasting systems to the mining and infrastructure markets, the global leader in the provision of ground support in mining and tunneling, and the leading supplier of sodium cyanide for gold extraction. As a firm grounded by the principles of transparency, collaboration and performance, Orica was looking for an interior specialist who was able to reflect these values in their office space. DB&B rose to the occasion and took on the challenge. Taking reference from the company logo, DB&B sought to design a space which focuses on form and tension. FORM AND TENSION Decked in white with some hints of earth tones in the furniture and flooring, the reception presents a natural and fresh look-and-feel to the visitors. The use of predominant white also creates an impression of volume and vastness of the space at the reception area. Here, design tension is created using a combination of curvilinear wave lines contrasted with straight lines on the same surface. The multiple layers of wave lines stretch from the ceiling to the walls, with cove lights sitting on the ledges that add spark to the space. Together, the colour and finishes of the furniture and floor with the extensive white canvas walls and wave like characteristics form a harmonious tension. This subtle contrast is then applied throughout the space and becomes a defining feature in Oricaâ€™s office.
PHILIPPINES ORICA 106 TOP: White creates a stunning look when teamed with dark coloured finishes in the boardroom.
BOTTOM: High booth seating creates privacy during collaborative work sessions.
As the key client-facing space in the office, the boardroom is injected with intricate wall and ceiling details that immediately steals one attention. Similar wave lines create layers of textures on the walls while the trellis design on the ceiling creates a pleasant contrast without being too overpowering. HARMONIOUS BLEND OF COLOURS Stepping further into the work area will reveal the use of colours to bring life to the space. The operational spaces are a harmonious blend of the practical – clean, modern workstations – and the vibrant – collaboration booths in saturated shades of colours, dark timber trellis as partitions between adjacent breakout areas, as well as storage spaces which double up as a writable whiteboard surface in pops of blue. The same idea is translated in shared spaces like the pantry. A variety of high counter, dining and coffee tables are provided while ocean inspired graphic walls and vibrant soft seating is the perfect ambience for staff to take a break from work and soak up sunrays even when indoors. Overall, the clever use of colours and forms contributes to the visual balance achieved in Orica’s office.
TOP: Staff can relax and dine in the pantry while enjoying a panoramic view of their surroundings.
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FITTING INTERIORS DISCOVER THE RIGHT FIT & BALANCE WITH CAREFUL MATERIAL SELECTION
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T2 by Herman Miller
BENEATH THE SURFACE
THIS PICTURE: Made with multiple settings in mind, the T2 desk can be used as a home office or in a standard workplace.
SAVVY AND INNOVATIVE, GLOBAL FURNITURE COMPANY HERMAN MILLER CHAMPIONS THE IDEA OF A FULLY DIGITISED EXISTENCE. THE REVOLUTIONARY T2 SMART DESK REFLECTS THIS AS WELL AS THE BRAND’S LONG-TERM COMMITMENT TO BETTERING LIVES THROUGH DESIGN.
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THIS PICTURE: Seen here in canary yellow, T2 comes in six different colours, with nine options for the trim.
n this day and age, it’s fair to say that there’s no escaping technology – it’s all around us, whether we like it or not. Tablets, smartphones and other devices have taken over, quietly affecting how city dwellers live and interact with the world as they achieve the status of everyday objects we increasingly can’t live without. A globally recognised name where topnotch furnishings and related technologies are concerned, Herman Miller has been devising solutions for day-to-day living since the West Michigan-headquartered company was founded over a century ago. Underscoring the company’s approach of designing for a better world, the brand’s thoughtfully conceived products address how people from all walks of life work, live, learn and heal. One of Herman Miller’s most celebrated contributions to the flexible workplace, the T2 desk brings new meaning to the act of sustaining a connection with our immediate surroundings. A mobile, height-adjustable workpoint, the desk’s streamlined look starkly contrasts the intricacy of its concealed inner workings. Dubbed the next generation smart desk, T2 brings together digital technology, selfmonitoring features and state of the art ergonomics. Featuring two operating systems, digital and manual, the desk’s operations are reliant on a touchscreen control panel that provides users with updated information about height adjustments. Constructed with portability in mind, T2 is set on concealed castors that allow for a smooth ride across the office while built-in sensors keep accidental collisions at bay in terms of unseen objects below the desk. Technical bibs and bobs such as microchips, high-performance actuator and structural beams have been carefully tucked away, giving sole visibility to the retractable main cable which connects the desk to a powerpoint. hermanmiller.com/asia
TOP RIGHT: Concealed castors make sliding the desk across the office a collision-free experience.
MIDDLE RIGHT: A power bar for devices, along with other technical essentials, is tucked away for a seamless look and feel.
BOTTOM RIGHT: A LED-lit indication panel provides real-time information on height adjustments.
CASE STUDY - MEDIBANK
GREEN OUTCOMES AT MEDIBANK HQ
THIS PICTURE: Red fabricated Innovation Capsule.
PRIVATE HEALTH INSURER MEDIBANK HAS RELOCATED STAFF TO A LANDMARK DEVELOPMENT IN DOCKLANDS, IN A BID TO CREATE ONE OF THE HEALTHIEST WORKPLACES IN THE WORLD. DEVELOPED BY CBUS PROPERTY, THE BUILDING IS LOCATED AT 720 BOURKE STREET WHERE MEDIBANK OCCUPY ALMOST 26,000SQM OF PREMIUM OFFICE SPACE ACROSS NINE OF THE BUILDING’S 16 LEVELS. THE RESULT IS A WORKPLACE WHICH TRULY EPITOMIZES MEDIBANK’S ‘FOR BETTER HEALTH’ PURPOSE.
CASE STUDY - MEDIBANK SCHIAVELLO
he workplace encourages physical movement and a more mobile style of working. From an internal spiral ramp and staircase atrium leading up from Bourke Street to internal bike storage, to a sports court, edible garden and a demonstration kitchen; every feature was designed with employee wellbeing in mind. The building also brings a green skyline to Docklands with the building’s exterior draped in Native plants, and creates a new public precinct, incorporating cafes and a timber amphitheatre at its base. Designed by HASSELL, the building and Medibank workplace showcase the best in sustainable building and design by targeting a six-star Green Star and a five-star NABERS rating. HASSELL also invited Kerry Phelan Design Office, Russell & George and Chris Connell Design to contribute to the design of the ‘Plaza’, which offers a range of spaces where Medibank staff can meet, work and relax. “The result is a rich and diverse level that houses four distinctive ‘clubhouses’, each created by a different design team to inspire different responses and create layers of character and meaning in the workplace”, says HASSELL Principal, Anthony Dickens. Program required close coordination under a tight, nine month time frame with shifting delivery dates. Work on the Plaza included: bespoke work points in various rectangular shape configurations creating a visual cityscape effect, a fireplace area, timber kitchen, bespoke lockers and numerous seating arrangements. A large canopy made of steel and veneer panelling was created on the concourse as were digital screen encasings. Organic shaped wall plating features throughout in various materials. Schiavello Construction carried out highly detailed partitioning work and installed ceilings and doors throughout all 16 levels. Multiple internal house-shaped structures consisting of a stencil- like aluminium frames were also constructed.
LEFT: Looking through the atrium with a clear view to The Cloud and HASSELL’s cityscape.
TOP RIGHT: Feature curved golf ball walls.
SCHIAVELLO CASE STUDY - MEDIBANK
Although not visible, Heritage Glass factory glazed seven steel frames for the Atrium Roof which were meticulously craned into position on site, and also completed work on The Cloud; a frameless floating glass box made of suspended glazing. Schiavello International and MAP provided bespoke solutions for the building which adopts activity based working principals. Kase storage was customised to integrate recycling bins for a neater appearance, while Marina meeting and Marina fold tables created a unified aesthetic in multiple settings. MAP provided bespoke furniture solutions throughout various neighbourhoods including a lifestyle food and beverage space designed by its founder, Chris Connell. An informal area, clusters of bespoke upholstery and customized tables were coupled with the Rib stacking timber chair and Magnum stools.
TOP LEFT: Steel canopy and veneer panelling create a stunning arrival on the concourse level.
MIDDLE LEFT: Kerry Phelanâ€™s design of the plaza meets HASSELLâ€™S green cityscape.
LOCATION: 720 Bourke Street, Melbourne AREA: 46,500sqm (Building), 26,000sqm (Occupied by Medibank) DURATION: 12 months PROJECT TYPE: Interior Construction, Joinery, Glass, Furniture BUILDER: Brookfield Multiplex PROJECT MANAGER: Montlaur Project Services ARCHITECT/DESIGNER: HASSELL in collaboration with Kerry Phelan Design Office, Russell & George, Chris Connell Design PRODUCTS: Kase custom storage: Marina meeting & fold tables. MAP Rib chair, Magnum stool, bespoke seating and tables RATING: 6 Green Star and a 5 Star NABERS
THIS PICTURE: Lifestyle food and beverage space designed by Chris Connell.
INTERFACE CASE STUDY - SAP
SPACE TO THINK
By Jamie Oâ€™Brien
THIS PICTURE: Visual islands are created with varied patterns from the Net EffectTM Collection, while special shag tiles from the Human NatureTM Collection provide the bridge between these areas.
SAP DESIGNS INNOVATIVE SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS FOR ENTERPRISE COMPANIES. FOR THEIR OFFICES IN SEOUL, KOREA, THEY WANTED TO TOTALLY RETHINK THE SPACE AND CREATE INTERIORS THAT WOULD FOSTER COLLABORATION AND GROUP WORKING – IT HAD TO BE A PLACE WHERE THEIR BEST MINDS COULD GET TOGETHER WITH CLIENTS AND CREATE.
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“After many meetings with the client, our team came up with the idea of a ‘marketplace’ – instantly we knew it was perfect. Traditionally, marketplaces are open, active and vibrant, with constant interaction and conversation.” - Woojin Lee of DMC
TOP: On LineTM and Off LineTM provide simple linear patterns with fine detail.
here were three main requirements in the design brief: Open – they needed the space to be expansive and communal; Mobility – essential for a software solutions company offering advanced mobility solutions; Flexibility – they wanted adaptable, multi-use spaces to help future proof their offices. Designer Woojin Lee of DMC Plus explains how they came up with the concept for the project: “After many meetings with the client, our team came up with the idea of a ‘marketplace’ – instantly we knew it was perfect. Traditionally, marketplaces are open, active and vibrant, with constant interaction and conversation.” Just like a market, the office space created is open and adaptable. Instead of movable and transient market stalls, workspaces are filled with modular desks and dividers, and breakout areas have movable beanbags and park benches. As the space is largely open, bold patterns, transitions and highlights were employed in the floor coverings to create divisions rather than using traditional fixed walls. This was a brave decision, as it’s unusual to find such strong patterns in a working environment. “It can be too much for a workspace”, added Woojin. The bright colours and bold flooring designs were offset by minimalistic furniture, white walls and lighttoned wood grain. The design used natural, textured tones for work areas and hot desk space, with grass-like irregular lawn flooring encircling and bordering the kitchen and other multi-use spaces. Meeting rooms use bright oranges and marine blues, while striking orange accents create visual bridges between zones. The Urban Retreat™ Collection was used to create the grassy areas, making use of its transitional tiles to blur the lines between work and play areas. Net Effect™ carpet tiles bring a sense of moving water to meeting rooms or create pool-like areas among the pebbleinspired floor tiles, simulating the textures created when the ocean meets the shore. The On Line™ and Off Line™ Collections are used together to create subtle irregular stripes in working zones so that employees can focus without distraction. Without the striking floor design, SAP Korea’s office might feel soulless and empty – all straight lines and plain white surfaces. By making the flooring the hero, the designers have created a space that feels organic, free flowing and multi-textured – the perfect space for ‘outside the box’ thinking.
TOP RIGHT: Urban RetreatTM tiles create beautiful organic transitions from green to beige.
MIDDLE & BOTTOM RIGHT: Aquarius and Savannah from Colour MeTM brightly accent meeting rooms.
THE FEEL GOOD CHAIRS
THIS PICTURE: The Feel Chair series comes in 3 different models and is available in five colours of mesh fabric.
DEVOTED TO POSTURE AND MOBILIZATION SUPPORT, THE FEEL CHAIR SERIES IS A COCOON OF ERGONOMIC BLISS: SLEEKLY COMFORTABLE, ADJUSTABLE, AND SUPPORTIVE.
EURO OFFICE SEATING 128 THIS PICTURE: Visually emotive of comfort, the Feel Chair features an innovative mechanism that keeps the lower back in good alignment even while twisting if the seat swivels.
he furniture maker Euro Chairs has come out with a new range of task chairs that takes an innovative approach, and hones in on ergonomics and full-back support. Touted as the optimal chair for the modern office environment, the Feel Chair collection supports every body type, work style and office activity. The configuration of the back and seat components is designed to limit backward rotation of the pelvis in both the sitting forward position when performing active desk work, and sitting back while in a listening and observing mode, thus enforcing good posture and avoiding the dreaded effects of the insidious office sit-in. The chairs also boast different adjustments to offer support through the full range of dynamic seating postures while the curved back conforms to the userâ€™s natural body shape using multiple points of flexibility all along the length of the chair back, thus cradling the whole of the back, and enhancing the possibility of higher and more prolonged levels of concentration and effort. Scoring further points in the feel-good department are the flexible mesh fabric or leather backrest that provides the necessary lumbar support, armrests that can be titled and adjusted in terms of height, as well as a castor base for easy mobility. Featuring a choice of five mesh colours, the chairs have a fully welded steel frame, and comes in 3 different models: high back, medium back, and cantilever â€” the first two on castors and the third with a skid base. eurochairs.com
TOP & BOTTOM: The key idea that the Feel Chair embodies is that sitting is a collaboration between chair and human.
CASE STUDY - LITTLE RED ANTS
LITTLE RED ANTS: LOOPING THE CREATIVE STUDIO
LITTLE RED ANTS IS A CREATIVE STUDIO KNOWN FOR CHURNING OUT COMPELLING VIDEOS FOR A MULTITUDE OF CLIENTS. THE NATURE OF THEIR WORK MEANS THEY WORK ROUND THE CLOCK, AND THEIR NEW OFFICE AT CT HUB 2 AT LAVENDER STREET NEEDS TO BE A SANCTUARY FOR EAT, SLEEP AND PLAY, IN ADDITION TO WORK. THIS PICTURE: Subtle grouping of functions is achieved with lighting. The loops of hanging lights mark out the space for the writers and editors. As they work 24-7, alternate warm and white down lights are installed with dimmers allowing for the change of ambience to suit different needs.
PRODUCE WORKSHOP CASE STUDY - LITTLE RED ANTS 132 THIS PICTURE: The single looping piece of furniture is poetic and is made possible through digital fabrication.
EDITORS / RENDERERS
CHARGING STATION/ SHOE CABINET
EDITORS / RENDERERS
MEETING ROOM / CASTING MEETING ROOM/ CASTING
SHOE RACK / CHARGING STATION
TOILET SERVER ROOM
he brief also called for a space that promotes communication as every project demands contributions from numerous staff members. As everyone has their little role and contribution to the big picture, they should have their own little space in this ‘ants’ nest’. It is all about working cohesively as a single body and creating a sense of bonding and belonging. To some extent it is anti-hotdesking. The result is an open-plan office space occupied by a single piece of furniture – a continuous figure-of-eight work desk that casually demarcates the worker’s space and the visitor’s space. It was designed to flow with their work cycle (from writers to editors) and to mirror the way they work (from work to rest, eat and play). The work desk serves as an organisational structure that absorbs and appropriates all storage and functions into its own form. The table bends up to cover the editing suite, full bathroom, server room, meeting-cum-casting room and pantry – forming an elevated platform – before bending down and looping back to the work stations. This single connecting structure also presented the possibility of concealing all cabling within it. The desk is one long looped cable train, and the cables are planned and laid concurrently during assembly on site. Naturally the single biggest challenge in this project is the fabrication of this central feature, which is an object that most carpenters will reject. The designers were able to use the company’s prototyping capability to test out possible solutions. To create the sinuous form, the internal curved supporting ribs and table top of the desk were cut using the CNC machine at the PRODUCE WORKSHOP. The finishing maple veneered ply sheets were scored with regular shallow cuts allowing it to bend over the curved structure forming a seamless joint between surfaces. This means that the carpenters need only to fit the customised cut pieces together using modular timber battens. Digital fabrication is the hero to realising the vision of this project.
TOP LEFT & RIGHT: Illustration of the open concept office space with the single piece of furniture.
MIDDLE RIGHT: The elevated platform covers the editing suite, full bathroom, server room, meeting-cum-casting room and pantry, and provides additional space and storage.
BOTTOM RIGHT: All storage and functions form part of the central feature object in order to accentuate it. There are built-in iPad docking stations on the table and document racks hanging underneath it.
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PICTURES ABOVE: The rendering and editing suite can be opened up to be part of the colony or closed off to create a sound proof environment. It is fitted with a cosy video lounge and hidden storage.
CLIENT: LITTLE RED ANTS CREATIVE STUDIO LOCATION: CT HUB 2, 114 LAVENDER STREET, #11-80, SINGAPORE 338729 PROJECT CONSTRUCTION DURATION: 10 WEEKS TOTAL FLOOR AREA (SQM): 170 SQM PROJECT LEAD: PRODUCE WORKSHOP [NOT REGISTERED AS AN ARCHITECTURE FIRM IN SINGAPORE] LEAD DESIGNER: PAN YICHENG OTHER PROJECT TEAM MEMBERS: LOH JIAN HAO, JAY; DON YAP; STANLEY TAN; FU YINGZI; CHUA HONG ZHI; CHANTAL TAN; TEO XIAO WEI OTHER PROJECT PARTNERS/CONSULTANTS/SPECIALISTS: CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: C2E CONSULTANTS CARPENTERS: TECK LEE CARPENTERS METAL WORKS: WAH CHYE ENGINEERING WORK ACOUSTIC CONSULTANT AND SUPPLY OF ACOUSTIC PANELS: SOUND MATERIALS PTE LTD OPERABLE ACOUSTIC DOORS: DORMA FAR EAST PTE LTD FABRIC DUCTING: THE LGM GROUP PTE LTD PHOTOGRAPHY: EDWARD HENDRICKS, CI&A PHOTOGRAPHY (COPYRIGHT OF IMAGES: PRODUCE WORKSHOP)
THIS PICTURE: The elegant structure of the figure-of-eight work desk is immediately evident on entering the office, and is a great conversation starter.
FIXTURES & LIGHTING: STEEL STRUCTURAL SUPPORTS: CUSTOM-MADE BY WAH CHYE ENGINEERING WORK LOOPING DESK: PLYWOOD CONSTRUCTION WITH MAPLE VENEERED PLYWOOD FINISH; CUSTOM-MADE BY PRODUCE WORKSHOP AND TECK LEE CARPENTERS RETRACTABLE TABLE TO CEILING: CUSTOM-MADE BY PRODUCE WORKSHOP ROTATING TV CONSOLE AND CABINET: CUSTOM-MADE BY PRODUCE WORKSHOP CUSTOM STEEL LOOP LIGHTING: CUSTOM-MADE BY WAH CHYE ENGINEERING WORK; LIGHT FITTINGS FROM LIGHTCRAFT INTERIOR FINISHES (FLOOR, WALL, CEILING, SOFT FURNISHING, ETC) LOOPING DESK: MAPLE VENEERED PLYWOOD TILED BATHROOM: HOMOGENOUS TILES FROM HAFARY INTERNAL FLOORING: VINYL FLOORING BY EVORICH AND ARMSTRONG CABINETS: LAMINATE FROM LAMITAK FURNITURE: SOFA IN SOUND ROOM: CUSTOM-MADE BY MACTRIM INTERNATIONAL PTE LTD WORK CHAIRS: VERY TASK CHAIRS AND ZODY STOOL CHAIR SOURCED FROM HAWORTH SINGAPORE PTE LTD
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THE PRIVVA IS A SIX IN ONE THAT TRANSFORMS COOKIE-CUTTER OPEN WORKSPACES INTO VERITABLE COMFORT ZONES.
he walls of Asia’s workplaces continue to come crashing down, paving the way for open-plan offices that encourage informality, collaboration and casual collisions. So as workers forego their audio and visual privacy, how can they, specifically those who by nature are energized by solitude, get any work done, let alone increase their productivity? Designers at Oasis may well have addressed these two opposing ideas — the need for collaboration and the need for privacy — in a single design solution. The Privva is a modular and flexible furniture system that is an assemblage of acoustic shelter, acoustic conceal, sofa, stool, backrest cushion and table. The genius of the Privva system is that it allows users to customize their work spaces and partitions to accommodate different kinds of work. In other words, the Privva can be configured to be a variety of open or partly-closed “retreat” spaces that enable different personalities to find the work environments they need. To create quiet zones or spaces where employees go and seek refuge or hunker down at their desk for concentrated and individual work, the Privva can be assembled to resemble a partially-hooded nook furnished with sofa and desk, with the acoustic shelter and conceal absorbing ambient sound and carving out a space within a space. The Privva also offers diverse informal settings that provide plenty of opportunities that draw workers together and accommodate work and casual communication while fostering informal collaboration and innovation. From reconfiguring the sofa to allow more sitters poised for copious chatter to readjusting the table to suit a conference setting or repurposed as standing desk for a Zen-like work experience, the Privva is an office furniture solution for the 21st-century worker requiring concentration, collaboration and everything in between. Designed by Sujak, this workplace wonder bagged the Gold Award in Furniture Excellence at the recent Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) 2016, ticking all the boxes in terms of functionality, flexibility, creativity and workplace wellbeing. arte-como.com
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CARPETS INTER CARPET FLOORING 138 THIS PICTURE: Mix it Up and Modern Craft by Carpets Inter provide designers the tools to bring their own vision and concept to corporate offices.
MAGIC CARPETS ENGINEERED TO BE HIGH PERFORMANCE AND SUSTAINABLE, CARPETS INTER’S CARPET TILE OFFERS INFINITE DESIGN FLEXIBILITY, MAKING IT THE PERFECT MATCH FOR ANY MODERN OFFICE INSTALLATION. TOP: This large scale design in three different shades is especially suitable for open areas and can be installed in a myriad of ways.
or architects and designers who stress over finding the perfect style, colour and texture of floor covering for office spaces, Carpets Inter, Asiaâ€™s largest contract carpet manufacturer, has just the answer: Mix It Up carpet tiles. Thanks to their modular design, these top-grade carpet tiles are cost effective and can be mixed and matched in a multitude of imaginative patterns and styles to create a distinctive look and feel for a workspace while providing walking comfort. From soft pastels and spare patterns to bold, playful geometric patterns, these highly versatile carpet tiles help to define specific areas by highlighting conference rooms, workspaces and reception areas with a standout design, colour or tile layout. To raise the design bar even higher, Carpets Interâ€™s design team has rolled out Modern Craft, an extension of the Mix It Up concept. Clients can customize their floor using modified tile shapes and sizes, thus adding another layer of creativity in terms of floor layout. Available in wide planks, skinny planks, mini planks, triangles, and square tiles, the Modern Craft carpet tiles are entirely adaptable to the needs of a project and can be used individually or in combination with 50x50cm square tiles to achieve a truly unique and inspired design for an office installation of any size.
TOP LEFT: With the Modern Craft technique, Carpets Inter introduces several different shapes that can be combined to create limitless floor layouts.
TOP RIGHT: Solid colour choices, when measured against black, can create a visual appeal anywhere from elevating to frankly playful.
In fact, there’s more to Carpet Inter’s carpet tiles than meets the eye — or foot. A machine-tufted loop made from 100% Nylon BCF with stain protector and soil repellence, these carpet tiles offer an array of additional benefits, such as ease of installation, and under floor maintenance with minimum disruption. And should the carpet flooring become ripped or damaged, the solution is as simple as replacing one or two tiles. Green-conscious buyers can opt for a hard backing that features EcoSquare® PVC, a new generation of recycled content PVC carpet tile hard backing, and EcoSoft®, an eco-friendly cushion backing. Providing twice the sound absorption when compared to ‘hard-backed’ carpet tile, the EcoSoft® contains the equivalent of 37 recycled 600 ml PET drinking water bottles per square metre, is PVC- and bitumen-free, and is 100% recyclable. carpetsinter.com
TOP: This floor layout precisely complements and enhances the interior environment with a quiet and practical aesthetic.
BOTTOM: A colourful combo of Mix-It-Up and Modern Craft carpet tiles energizes an open office workspace and says, ‘Welcome.’
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VISION, CELEBRATING FOUNDING OF KOKUYO 110 YEARS
KOKUYO, FROM JAPAN TO THE WORLD + WORKSIGHT SEMINAR
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
40 INSPIRING YEARS
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
TRADE SHOW & EVENT
ODE TO ART SPOTLIGHT
STROKES OF PERCEPTION
orn in Korea in 1963 and having attained his Masters in Fine Arts from Keimyung University, Korea, in 2007, the adept Lee Jung Woong never fails to astound, using Korean rice paper and Western oil paint to bring poetic and almost literal life into his subjects. His Chinese brushes and ebony ink, ink splotches, swipes and bleeds showcase dynamism and motion that far surpasses a simple two-dimensional image, accompanied by gleaming wood and brush hairs that are visible in the coarseness of every individual strand. The amount of detailing renders his works flawless, sometimes causing viewers to lean in, trying to find the brushstrokes that created the glossy smoothness of the handles, the soaked transience of the paper and the compliance of every brush hair. From vast expanses to crowded canvases, the dynamism of his brush in its hyper-realistic rendering emanates intangibility that strikes the mind and stirs the soul, adding an amplitude of meaning to his stunning aesthetics and resulting in a perceptive masterpiece of infinite motion. Contrasting colors and spiritual energies is not the end of his elaborate expression, however, as his choice of western style and paint to depict a Chinese object is as much a play on culture contrasts as it is on the artist and his subject. Lee Jung Woongâ€™s works are hence, multifaceted in both meaning and visuals - their magnificence is only amplified by a variety of interpretation. Lee has had his works exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions worldwide in countries such as America, Switzerland, Singapore and Spain, and was featured in auctions by Sothebys and Christies. He is becoming an increasingly sought-after artist in prestigious collections the world over.
Lee Jung Woong, Brush, 100 x 167 cm, Oil on Korean Paper odetoart.com
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