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GOOD THINGS TAKE TIME
We’re nearly a decade old and if we do say so ourselves, that’s quite a feat for a Malaysian-run publication founded on humble aspirations: championing good workplace design and establishing an international readership in the course of doing so.
esign, people and craftsmanship go together like peas in a pod. Here at Office Concept, we’ve made it our ongoing mission to bring this to the fore by showcasing projects, designers and brands that, in our opinion, go above and beyond the standard creative brief. Almost ten years into the game and it’s still no less than thrilling to do what we do. My infinite gratitude goes out to our readers, supporters and talented collaborators. Without each of you, the magazine wouldn’t be what it is today: Asia Pacific’s premier print platform for office interiors and products. On that note, I’d always like to take this opportunity to announce that we’ll be expanding our distribution to Vietnam come next February and are elated to be adding this up-and-coming design hub to our growing network. With this particular issue, I’d like to convey my thanks to Kelvin & Frank Reid for letting us showcase its stellar interior design projects. A Singaporean firm on the rise, KFR’s young directors lets us in on makes good design tick: an integrated way of thinking that takes into account user experience, functionality and sustainability. Curious? Dive in and find our more. We hope you’ll enjoy the following pages. As usual, they have been prepared with care and with you, our dear readers, specifically in mind. Until next time…
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For POSH Design Lab, office furniture should be a life-enhancing experience. Activity, the studio’s new office chair design for Herman Miller, takes this sentiment to heart. Made to accommodate constant human activity, every part of this flexible chair has been engineered with motion in mind. Special features, including a sliding seat, an adaptable tilting mechanism and Activeback, a lightweight backrest with enhanced support, make this piece an indispensible work companion.
With the aim of reintroducing the bench back into domestic eating areas, German brand Girsberger has debuted Permesso. Designed by Kurt Müller and Daniel Leist, this new and improved spin on the freestanding piece is an impressive study in simplicity and lightness. Supported by a rounded or angular frame of chromium-nickel steel, Permesso’s upholstered seat and backrest appear as strikingly suspended horizontal forms, comfortably propping up the sitter and any other accompaniments.
Geared explicitly towards young high-tech companies with a feel for cutting edge aesthetics, Hack is an innovative table system that renders the traditional desk obsolete. Designed by Konstantin Grcic, the system, a series of matching units defined by raw wood paneling, gives the impression of an experimental project in the making. Portable and easy to dismantle, the height-adjustable Hack incorporates a sit-stand option as well as defined niches for work and relaxation.
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With increasingly fluid workflows, businesses everywhere are stepping up office organisation strategies. Fortunately, they’ve got their work cut out for them with the advent of innovative systems such as Herman Miller’s newly launched Exclave. Designed by Gianfranco Zaccai and Continuum, this spatial ecosystem facilitates collaboration and creative thinking via human centred components that address sightlines, posture and circulation. With staffer wellbeing and adaptability at its core, Exclave’s futureforward sensibility gets optimal results.
While its building block-like formation might score major points visually, there’s more to this lightweight modular system than meets the eye. Laying the foundation for multiple arrangements, Banc’s marriage of comfort and modern elegance is a godsend for waiting areas, exhibition areas and lounges alike. A viable link for open areas, this network of mobile seating, tables and benches, enables easy communication thanks to an added capacity to engender discrete room-within-room situations.
Referencing the trend for laidback office furniture, Days Office, a new offering from Japanese brand Kokuyo, makes you feel right at home. Eschewing the humdrum palette of traditional workplaces, vibrant colours and finishes feature heavily here, enlivening the collection’s casual stacking chairs, high stools and adaptable tables. Focused on the ‘cosification’ of workplaces, Days Office aims to promote better staffer relationships through designated areas hinged on work, relaxation and social time.
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Endowed with sound ergonomics and unmatched comfort, the debut of Keyn marks another notch on Herman Miller’s belt. A collaborative endeavour between the brand and London-based design studio forpeople, this stackable number reclines up to ten degrees, yielding effortlessly to the sitter’s movements. This built-in flexibility is the result of its patented CradleFlex technology. A perforated, breathable backrest and varied upholstery options cap off the innovative design, purveying style and function.
Created by brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the sensuously formed Belleville chair is a shapely homage to the lively Parisian neighbourhood the designers call home. Referencing classic French bistro furnishings, everything from the materiality to the fabrication of Belleville evokes mystery. Paired with matching tables, the chair’s graceful structure is at once modern and a throwback to a glorious past. Elegant material and upholstery choices heighten its flair and versatility.
Workplaces of today are evolving at light speed, rendering the conventional structure of the office obsolete. While major physical changes aren’t always possible, one can readily resort to a growing number of stylish quick fixes. Bay, a range of mobile screens by Orange Box featuring upholstered and acrylic surfaces, is becoming a go-to option for many offices. Boasting flat and curved surfaces, this sleek partition is instant privacy on wheels.
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Versatile fixtures imbued with sophistication and whimsy have long been a Brand van Egmond signature. The Dutch studio builds on what it knows best with Floating Candles. Composed of shining stainless steel, this hanging lamp personifies the very quintessence of light. Featuring interchangeable components fashioned as traditional candleholders, this unique design offers one the freedom of customisation. Whether your wont is a standalone ‘candle’ or a shimmering chandelier, it’s your call.
For lightings manufacturer Louis Poulsen, light quality and tasteful product design come together as one. Underscoring the above, VL38 floor lamp sums up the brand’s core philosophy in one streamlined little package. A vision in aluminum and brass, this standing fixture’s adjustable shade – painted white on the inside for gentle luminosity – was designed for optimal light distribution. The pared down silhouette is brought to the fore with a simple powdercoated, white finish.
No stranger to avant-garde concepts, Italian lighting experts Oluce comes out on top once again with the Do With 339. A floor lamp like no other, this stunning number by designer Carlo Colombo sets itself apart by doing away with excessive embellishments that divert the gaze from its bold, elongated structure. A painted metal cylinder, the lamp’s body tapers triumphantly upwards, illuminating dark corners and giving way to ambient spaces.
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. KELVIN & FRANK REID & TEAM
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Frank Chen Co-Founder & Director
IN HIS ELEMENT Frank Chen, co-founder and director of Kelvin & Frank Reid Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based interior design practice, didn’t begin his career in interior design. Trained in quantity surveying, Frank first started work as a quantity surveyor, later dabbled as a building products salesperson before landing a job as interior designer, and eventually starting his own company F2D & Associates in 2008. In 2012, he cofounded Kelvin & Frank Reid, and has not looked back since. A firm believer that design and function should exist in a harmonious relationship, he defines his key role as “space sculptor,” combining design elements that enhance a client’s brand and image, as well as delivering on effective, productive and cohesive work environments. Frank’s diverse experience has not only influenced him as an interior designer, but has proved useful in managing and mentoring a motley crew of designers. Here the hands-on director opens up about his personal mantra, professional relationship with his partner, ID team and clients, as well as his aspirations for 2017.
Q: What initially led you to real estate and interior design? A: I worked as a quantity surveyor after graduation in 1997, subsequently as a building products salesperson, before being offered to join an interior design firm. In 2008, I founded my first company, F2D & Associates, and eventually went into partnership with Kelvin in 2012. We had in-depth discussions about how we could integrate real estate and interior design based on our backgrounds and experiences, from branding to operation to policies and missions. The conversation went on for two months, and it was a breakthrough in both of our career paths when this partnership was formed. Q: For you, what epitomizes good office design? A: Fundamentally, the design elements that enhance the brand and image of the client are most important, in addition to elements that enable an effective, productive and cohesive environment. Design is subjective to individuals and organizations; a good office design reflects the core values and vision of an organization, and unites people through a series of well-defined and innovative spaces. More broadly, design can translate the vision of the organization and showcase its corporate culture and beliefs, as well as operational aspects. Q: What does it mean to ‘sculpt space’? A: It is a process of crafting, an action that begins from conception to creation. When sculpting space, one must be mindful of every functional aspect, user experience and sustainability. It not only demands great craftsmanship that is acquired from years of experience, but also calls for patience to listen, in addition to understanding the space. Space sculpting translates every feedback into a design language that both the designer and his or her client understand, besides those who come into contact with the sculpted space. Q: Is there a personal mantra or philosophy that you subscribe to? A: To take ownership of what we do. This is most important to those who are involved in the design process. This sense of taking ownership results in executing tasks to produce an outcome that exceeds the expectation, a result that also reflects the passion a person has for his/her work.
Q: How do you and your partner Kelvin Chiang complement each other? A: Although we have different experiences and backgrounds, we complement each other’s decision making. Our chemistry at work allows decisions to be made swiftly and surely. We wear a few hats at work; for instance, I handle design, project management, marketing and communications while Kelvin handles finance and project budgeting. We work closely together on aspects of business development, human resource, as well as defining the vision of the company. Happily, decision-making at Kelvin & Frank Reid is not a long drawn-out process as we support each other’s views, and this ability to complement one another has been the driving force of our company’s gradual expansion and exposure to higher profile projects. Q: What does a typical day look like for you? What do you do to unwind? A: To be honest, every workday feels like day 1 when the company began business. I am always excited to meet my team and eager to produce something good. I also enjoy looking into the development of skills and capabilities of every team member and his/her opportunities to grow with us, being consistently aware of the vast potential of these individuals who form our vibrant team. After a long day, I like catching up with business associates, and meeting up with new friends to exchange experiences. Q: What is the most enjoyable and difficult aspect of what you do? How do you overcome the latter? A: Creating cohesiveness in the team to generate effective outcomes is ironically a challenge I enjoy the most. Not surprisingly, there are immeasurable challenges in building relationships within the team, and managing the different mind-sets and beliefs of individuals who come from diverse backgrounds. I guide, coach and encourage as I place a high emphasis on each individual’s development simply because I believe when there is effective teamwork, any outcome can only be good.
entity. I find him to be friendly and humble when he visited our office a few years ago. My source of inspiration also comes from working with people, whether on short-term or long-term stints. I find similarities in design and choreography; in dance, emotions translate into movements. Similarly, interacting with people helps stimulate my thoughts, and pushes me to think quickly and creatively to generate a design. Q: If you hadn’t gone into your current line of work, what would have been the alternative, and why? A: Graphic design. I have aspired to be a graphic designer since I was young. Q: What do you look forward to achieving in 2017, personally and professionally? A: Every year we decide on a theme for the year; for example, 2015 was the year of creativity, while 2016 is the year of elitism. Each theme is carried forward to another year. Though we have not decided on the theme for 2017, we are looking into expanding the team; thus, we may decide on a theme reflecting this intention. Expanding our team also means pursuing projects that are higher in profile, size or nature as getting greater exposure in the industry can enable us to be recognized as a creative and dynamic force to reckon with. Personally, I wish to curate more self-initiated creative projects, as well as collaborate with passionate and talented designers or artists in this region. These projects will not only help in showcasing my personal passion in collaborating with like-minded design professionals, but will also allow me to gain greater exposure overseas.
Q: Who or what inspires you? A: Chris Lee of The Asylum. Chris founded this multidisciplinary design firm, which has gone on to become a globally recognized, award-winning
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Kelvin Chiang Co-Founder & Director
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Dedicated to designing through the eyes of each client, Kelvin Chiang, co-founder and director of the eponymous real estate interior design company Kelvin & Frank Reid Pte Ltd, approaches every project in a tailored fashion, not only informing the design language, but catering to each clientâ€™s desires, needs and expectations. From reshaping and redefining a new approach to delivering a more advanced level of service in workspace planning to creating well-thought-out spaces that respond to a world increasingly focused on creativity, innovation, and wellness, Kelvin seems to have it all figured out. Office Concept chats with the accommodating director about the up-and-coming Kelvin & Frank Reid, which already boasts clients in Australia, UK, and US, his ultimate business goals, and projects he currently has in the works, to gain further insight into what sets the company apart from the rest of the REID pack.
Q: How has office design in Singapore evolved since you first started out in this industry? A: 15 years ago, many design practices tried very hard to convince clients to covert from ‘L’ shape desks to bench-style desks to achieve space- and cost- savings in real estate. Along the way, hot desks were introduced and had its fair share of limelight to drive costs down. This was followed by green mark certification and environment sustainability, which were the rage in new office buildings in the CBD. Design materials that were chosen had to be scrutinised to qualify for use in these new buildings, which in turn drove manufacturers to relook the production line. In recent years, ABW (activity-based workplace) or agile workspace has evolved tremendously. Invariably there are the yaysayers and naysayers of this workspace design trend, but I think ABW is here to stay, In fact, ABW has plenty of room to develop in Singapore. Kelvin & Frank Reid is a firm believer of this methodology of space usage; we already have an in-house capability to perform this sort of workspace strategy. I also firmly believe that a well-thought-out design and layout that has considerations for wellness will give organizations a direct return through a lower rate of work-related injury, higher productivity, lower absenteeism, and improved employee satisfaction, morale, and creativity, all of which translates into significantly reduced turnover and new hire training. After all, office spaces are for people, and people have to feel good when they use these spaces. Q: How did you meet your partner Frank Chen? Was it clear fairly early on that you would start a company together? A: I met Frank in 2004 through an introduction of a mutual ex-classmate (Frank’s polytechnic mate and my university mate), Kirk Tan, who was connecting Frank and myself in the hope that this could lead to business opportunities and cross referrals. I was in office real estate while Frank was in office interior design. To date, we have yet to thank Kirk. 12 years ago, I had no entrepreneurial intentions. In fact, I regretted not setting up shop back then. In retrospect, I was then a big believer that entrepreneurship was inspired, and you have to be mentally ready to strike out on your own in order for a business to succeed. Q: Tell us a little about what you do in the company and how that compares with Frank’s role.
A: In an enterprise of 22 members, both Frank and I must take on as many roles as possible. This is important as the company is in expansion mode and we will therefore need different points of view to make milestone decisions. On the other hand, we are mindful that the duality of decisions can create bottlenecks. Thankfully, due to an understanding that is borne from a deep friendship, we always arrive at a consensus. We both manage clients and design and build processes together or separately, depending on the scope and scale of the project. There are times when we are both involved in the entire lifecycle of a project. However, we identify the company’s directions, implement strategies and manage the staff together. Q: What projects are you most proud of at the moment and why? A: Beca. Beca is a group of mechanical and electrical consultants for some of the world’s largest and most renowned commercial developments, which include DUO, Changi Airport Terminal 4, RWS and Marina Bay Sands. We had the privilege to work with these experts who monitored our mechanical and electrical designs of their new office. Although Beca has access to many established architects, yet the company opted to collaborate with Kelvin & Frank Reid for its new Asia hub. I am enormously proud of this Beca project as the person in charge and sole decision maker for design elements was based in Melbourne; however, certain design-related decisions were left to us to make, and he stood by our decisions. Beca personifies the dream client that any designer would love to have, and this easy relationship demonstrates the level of trust and capability the Kelvin & Frank Reid team has achieved. Q: What sets Kelvin & Frank Reid apart from other firms in Singapore? A: We entrust both our senior and junior colleagues with decision-making responsibilities. Nonetheless, we discovered it can be a struggle for the junior designers to be making decisions as they did not expect Frank and myself to entrust them with projects although they are fresh out from school. The junior designers are, of course, guided by the seniors. Still, we believe that when junior designers are allowed to make critical decisions, they will have ownership over their decisions, which can produce a desired outcome for, seemingly, the most trivial of tasks. This sort
of gruelling process is highly appreciated by the junior designers, especially when they see themselves grow exponentially. Q: You have quite a diverse clientele. Media, oil petrol, electronics and retail companies have all enlisted your services. What do you have that they want? A: Commitment and personal involvement from Frank and myself. When clients know that the owners themselves are involved in their build process, clients will know the design company will leave no room for hiccups because the company’s reputation and owners’ livelihood are at stake. Q: In your opinion, what is the key to a good client and designer relationship? A: Communication. Design is subjective while function is fixed. Within these two contrasting parameters, a relationship can be at risk if clients place function above form, or we go overboard with design aesthetics. Hence, effective communication can certainly help avert potential errors and problems. Q: Does Kelvin & Frank Reid have a signature aesthetic or approach? If so, how would you describe this? A: We do not have a signature aesthetic as we design and build according to our clients’ needs. Approach, however, is very well-defined — we have to understand the needs of clients. Although we persist in implementing functions, we never insist on a particular design based on our own design preferences. Q: What is the secret to longevity in this industry? A: Always design and build by putting function over form. Think of yourself as a stakeholder who is investing an amount of capital expenditure on design and build, and ask yourself what are the opportunity costs and the level of your willingness to go ahead with the capex. Clients like to work for the long term with a design firm that puts the client’s interests first before the design firm’s own. Q: What do we have to look forward to in terms of upcoming trends in office design? A: Mobility Ergonomics Wellness.
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he journey of Kelvin & Frank Reid began with 9 years of friendship between two gentlemen, Kelvin Chiang and Frank Chen, when they came together and sat down on a weekend to discuss about a breakthrough in each other’s career. Kelvin whom had then spent the last 14 years in office real estate brokerage and advisory; and Frank, whom has been in construction and office interior design industry since graduation in 1997, decided to integrate the two expertise and form a partnership. It was as quick as on the same day of the weekend in-depth discussion, that the company’s name was agreed by the two founders Kelvin & Frank Reid Pte Ltd. “Reid” represents ‘Real Estate Interior Design’ which is on the motion that office designs and office build will need additional knowledge of fundamental real estate principles to be sustainable and holistic. With the believe on success and a strong sense of long term commitment, the duo agreed to stake their
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names as a brand recognition in the incorporation of this breakthrough. The partnership took place in 2012, which was an extension from each of their own business, began with the original team from Frank’s founded company F2D & Associates Pte Ltd. Kelvin & Frank Reid’s team has organically expand, from a team of 9 to a team of 22 within 4 years. Although the two gentlemen came from different educational background and have been practicing different professions, they seem to be thinking very much alike even till date. Through developing businesses, managing operations and finances, both found instantly a common philosophy - to own an enriched life. In the process of running business, success may be subjective in many different definitions with revenue and profit being the most commonly regarded indicator.
During a business trip to Kuala Lumpur, whereby Kelvin & Frank Reid was invited to pitch their design to one of Malaysia’s largest telecoms; Kelvin and Frank had simultaneously brought up and mutually agreed, pursuing an enriched career life with different experiences became their aim. It was also a result from the process and procedures that both of them been through; from setting up an office in Kuala Lumpur, to a few design pitch invitations that took place in 2014, it had been truly enriching. On sharing of the past 4 years since incorporation, Kelvin and Frank have experienced equally in building a core team and delivering various nature of projects. As an old Chinese saying goes, 万事起步难(all things are most difficult to start off), the first year had been a sailboat through the rough sea, facing with hopes of employing the right people, convincing potential clients strategizing and re-strategizing to realize our goals. Second year onwards, with the focus of having the right people in the team, the team took care of the
end results with exciting engagements of top notch clients such as FMC, Bridgestone, a state owned fund manager, Edrington Group, Intertrust, a Taiwanese bank and importantly being appointed as a long term designer for a local telco. The core team that they built has in turn inspired them to see a clearer vision which is aspiring to be the most creative office interior designer in Singapore providing innovative solutions, design elements, productive environment. The daily missionary task of the company is to be creative right from the core of the team itself. Moving forward, Kelvin & Frank Reid will be restless to create further enhancement on people development, service processes, identifying and developing new design trends that will set us apart from our current self. We would want to be the most creative design firm, re-creating ourselves in the future journey. kelvinfrankreid.com
SINGAPORE FMC TECHNOLOGIES
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THE KEY DESIGN GOAL IS TO RESHAPE THEIR WORKSPACE AND WORK HABITS THROUGH INTERIOR DESIGN
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FMC Technologies is a global leader for the energy industry providing oil service equipment. After a competitive pitching process, Kelvin & Frank Reid has been appointed to design and build their new office of 48,000 sqft located at Creative Building, in Singapore. The overall time to complete this project, from the space planning, design conceptualisation until the construction occurred within an intense period of 15-weeks.
TOP: Reception Area. Red accent colour emphasizes the continuity of space. The overall design is inspired by technology and innovation.
o optimise the space and facilitate communication, we have designed an open-plan layout with transparent meeting rooms and numerous collaborative areas. The objective was to create an environment based on transparency and improved communication, so people can see and be seen without barriers. Numerous breakout areas and collaboration areas have been implemented across the space to encourage informal meetings and interactions amongst FMC Technologiesâ€™ employees. Touchdown points were also created as temporary workspaces for visiting staff and the frequent flyer employees.
TOP: Apply colourful and greenery create a psychological healthy working atmosphere for employees. Different colours carpet accentuate the volume of space.
BOTTOM: The Meeting Room - The frosting film on the wall allow more privacy. This boardroom is design to cater up to 40 occupant and can be divided into two smaller meeting rooms.
SINGAPORE FMC TECHNOLOGIES 036 TOP: One 2 One Area - Collaboration area facilitate the sharing of idea among colleagues.
BOTTOM: Relaxing Area - Wood tiered seating area with cushion combined ingenuity of space and overall aesthetic.
INNOVATIVE WORPLACE To reduce the overall noise due to the openness effect, Kelvin & Frank Reid segregate the space into a series of neighbourhoods and positioned the meeting rooms strategically to cluster the different departments and buffer the sound level accordingly. Located at the heart of the space, Kelvin & Frank Reid created two large meeting rooms of 20 pax each, easily converted into one common space assigned as town hall. Kelvin & Frank Reid integrated a large number of greeneries and plants across the space to decrease the ambient toxins, balance the humidity level and improve the wellbeing of the staff. To complete the office space, Kelvin & Frank Reid injected fresh graphic design naming the different zones; as well as way-finding panels to orientate the employees in this spacious workplace. The keywords to describe the design of FMC technologies new office would be open, collaborative and flexible.
BOTTOM: Waiting Area - It is designed to accomodate large number of guest. While providing them with a calming athmosphere with soothing colours.
SINGAPORE FMC TECHNOLOGIES 038 LEFT: Signage and Icons Design - Workplaces are demarcated with trellis for better privacy.
RIGHT: Iconic kombi van remodelled as a table to facilitate discussion.
Due to the size of 48,000sqft space on one floor, Kelvin & Frank Reid offered graphic and signage design services to FMC, when we were appointed the design and build project in 2014. The icons that resemble different departments, rooms and other facilities were designed by Kelvin & Frank Reidâ€™s team and also created icons in 3D acrylic cut-out, to categorise type of trash in pantry for ease of identifying and before disposal by the users as well as designed path findings accompanied by symbols, clearly defined the direction for users as well as their guests or visiting staff. Design a unique combination of frosting film and soild colour stickers, highlighting the corporate colours while enhancing the environment with various shapes, colours and textures.
TOP LEFT & TOP RIGHT: Install Icons in the office.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Install Signage.
THE HARMONY OF INDUSTRIAL AND LUXURIOUS MATERIALS
SINGAPORE | 26,000 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN CONSULTANCY
SINGAPORE BECA 042 TOP LEFT: Cafeteria Area - To create a garden athmosphere with its accent grass flooring.
TOP RIGHT: Bar Height Counter - The faux concrete floor finish and black alluminium for pendent lights and the bar stools contribute to create the industrial aesthetic.
ECA has appointed Kelvin & Frank Reid to design their new regional hub in Singapore. BECA is one of the largest service consultancy firms with 19 offices and 3,000 employees worldwide. Located in Westgate Tower on two floors, BECA’s new office is designed to welcome 250 people in an engaging and open working environment. BECA’s brand, values, legacy and stylistic themes are incorporated into the workplace to guarantee clear visibility of the brand and create cohesion with other BECA’s offices, while Singapore themes are incorporated to create a regional look and feel.
BOTTOM LEFT Dinning Area - The selection of furniture. Colours and artificail grass create a playfull athmosphere.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Bench Seating Area - Creates a contrast in colours and materials.
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The fit out is designed with fiscal responsibility in mind to reflect the quality, professional and functional values of the BECA brand, without being showy or extravagant. Meeting spaces and studio areas are scattered evenly throughout the workplace to ensure equal proximity to amenities with appropriate separation. Natural light and good ventilation are also incorporated to support healthy lifestyles, sustainability initiatives and energy efficiency. The reception is a key element in portraying the first impression and the counter depicts the companyâ€™s engineering services as a synthesis of the fundamental structural elements.
TOP: Waiting Area - The design above evokes the imagery of a chestboard. The faux grass carpet keeps the continuity of the garden atmosphere.
THIS PICTURE: Waiting Area - The second waiting area features magazine collection for visitors.
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THE MEETING ROOMS TREND ARE LINKED BY THE CHAIRS DESIGN BUT KEEP A DIFFERENT SPIRIT WITH DISTINCTIVE MOOD.
TOP: Meeting Room One - Accomodate eleven pax with on eTV and a large white board.
BOTTOM: Small Meeting Room - Accomodate in hous training session and group discussion.
THIS PICTURE: Conference Room - The conference room designs to cater for VIP guest through high quality finishes and materials.
INTERTRUST OVERALL MOOD IS HIGHLIGHT BY THE USE OF NATURAL COLOURS AND MATERIAL WHICH REPRESENT THE FOUR ELEMENT
SINGAPORE | 12,000 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN & BUILD
SINGAPORE INTERTRUST 050 THIS PICTURE: Reception Area - The lines all over the reception area captures a specific design language throughout the space.
ntertrust Singapore provides a wide range of services to private and corporate clients who wish to roll out corporate structures in Singapore. Their main objective was to mix their 3 business divisions under one office space. This became our first achievement as the 3 divisions needed to get enough space for each other to continue their activity and more collaboration area to increase their efficiency. The second achievement was to incorporate more meeting room and a training room of 20 pax on top of their existing head counts. In order to make the best out of the space we design a training room which could be easily used as an extension of the pantry area leaving more sharing space for the employees. In order to enhance the space, we differentiate the area with contrasting flooring and distinctive lighting and ceiling conducive to create unique atmosphere for the people. The design of reception area has a wide signage wall with a long pathway, leading from the front towards all the meeting rooms. The internal office space gains maximum openness, line of sight and window views, which is one of the elements that our team is appointed.
TOP RIGHT: Pantry Area - The set of coach and armchair can also be used by the employee for unformal talk.
SINGAPORE INTERTRUST 052 TOP: Meeting Room - The printed adhesive for decoration and privacy. The decorative pattern right fit the entire office by displaying the Singapore skyline.
BOTTOM: Waiting Area - Meeting room and the reception area create a flow of movement. It can be accessed directly from the reception area without entering the open space.
THIS PICTURE: Pantry Area - Wooden flooring and cosy coach in the area allow employee to relax in a different atmosphere.
SINGAPORE INTERTRUST 054 THIS PICTURE: Training Room - The training room designs to blend into the pantry area with ease.
TOP: Concealed Training Room - The wood finished tables match with carpet flooring to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
BOTTOM: In the training room can find a concealed door access to store room.
WORK & PLAY
THE DESIGN ORIENTATES THE IDEA OF BRINGING OUTDOORS AND INDOORS
SINGAPORE | 8,300 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN & BUILD
SINGAPORE BGC 058 TOP: Entrance Area - Brick wall and the artificial window create an illusion of looking out a cityscape.
BOTTOM LEFT & RIGHT: Training Area - It simulates Olympic running track and awards podium
GC Singapore is one of Asia Pacific’s most dynamic search and recruitment companies and was voted the Top 10 HR Vendors of 2009 for Singapore. BGC has appointed our team to design and build its new 8,300 sqft office, located in one the most environmentally sustainable commercial buildings of Singapore: Ocean Financial Centre. The main objective of this project was to design a working environment reflecting BGC’s unique office culture of two diverse design identities - BGC Group and BGC Search in a cohesive manner. The overall design approach is to create a young, vibrant and “want to be in” workplace, at the same time to comply with the stringent Green Mark requirements of the building. We also worked closely with BGC’s Feng Shui Master to shape the working environment in respect to its philosophy.
TOP: Pantry Area - Simulate a walk in the park.
TOP RIGHT: The graphics on the wall represent a skyline of a city. The operable wall allows direct access to open space.
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NOBLE MATERIAL AND HIGH VALUE PRODUCT INNOVATION ASSOCIATION CLEARNESS
FMC REPRESENT THE TECHNOLOGY AND FUTURE WHICH HAVE BEEN TRANSPLANT TO THEIR WORKSPACE AND WORKS HABITS
EDRINGTON VALUES (QUALITY, INTEGRITY, INNOVATION) ARE TRANSLATE INTO THE DESIGN BY THE USE OF THE MATERIALS AND TEXTURES SELECTED BY THE DESIGNER.
SINGAPORE | 8,000 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN & BUILD
SINGAPORE EDRINGTON 062 TOP: Reception Area - The selection of glass and wooden materials draws attention to the reception area and corporate branding of Edrington.
BOTTOM: Waiting Area - Same finishes as reception area ties all together.
drington Singapore has partnered with Kelvin & Frank Reid to design and build their 8,000 sqft office space. After a competitive pitching process, our team had the honour to be selected as their preferred partner to develop their first office in Singapore. Edrington is the producer and distributor of the worldâ€™s best Scotch whiskies including The Macallan, The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark and Highland Park, complemented by Snow Leopard Vodka and Brugal, Caribbean rum.
TOP: Meeting Room One - The decorative pattern on the glass allows privacy and emphases corporate identity.
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EDRINGTONâ€™S CURRENT SUCCESS STEMS FROM A HERITAGE OF EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE DEDICATED TO QUALITY, INTEGRITY, INDEPENDENCE AND INNOVATION. THE ORIGINS OF THE COMPANY STRETCH BACK TO THE MID-NINETEENTH CENTURY, WHEN WILLIAM ROBERTSON FOUNDED THE ROBERTSON & BAXTER COMPANY IN GLASGOW. TOP LEFT & TOP RIGHT: Bar - Design for training purpose and client whisky tasting.
The design approach was to create a subtle and dazzling office, which would inspire people and highlight each of their individual brands equally. The heart of this project is located at the bar area specifically conceived to hold private functions and tasting trainings. A rain of light bulbs was positioned above the bar to give a feminine touch to the industrial feel with a chic shelving system designed to highlight their limited-edition bottles.
TOP & BOTTOM: Bar Area - Bar looks stunning in the daytime with right selection of materials which connecting the reception area.
SINGAPORE EDRINGTON 066 TOP & BOTTOM: Boardroom Area - Operable walls between boardroom and bar can join into special event and function.
THIS PICTURE: Boardroom Area - Operable walls are in place, the boardroom is fully equipped to provide presentation purposes.
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ADAPTIVE SPACES THE SERVICED OFFICE WAS PLANNED TO BE FLEXIBLE WITHV A TOUCH OF MODERN INDUSTRIALISM, CREATING A COZY WORKING ATMOSPHERE
WORKSPACE AT KEPPEL
SINGAPORE | 6,400 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN & BUILD
SINGAPORE WORKSPACE AT KEPPEL TOWERS 070 THIS PICTURE: Reception Area - In consideration of the shared environment, neutral colours were strategically deployed to attain spatial harmony.
In this area dedicated to short or long term lease of office, Keppel is offering more than a desirable address in the CBD. You’re offered a diverse range of hybrid workspaces that combine the benefits of serviced offices, with the vibrant and friendly atmosphere of co-working spaces. You’ll enjoy access to private desks, conference rooms, pantry area and more, all while having the creative freedom and time.
s a project it was full of challenge first because we had to draw a layout not for one unique office but with the idea of multiple company sharing the same offices. Kelvin Frank Reid needed to focus on the privacy that can offered each desk within the open space and the multiplication of private conference room and meeting room in order to give them the opportunity of cohabitation with efficiency. To give harmony to this service office Kelvin Frank Reid decides to use neutral colours palette (grey) and natural element. The association of the grey colours and the natural element give a touch of industrial building nearly renovated which is a big trend in today’s office. It is also transcript in a very cool and warm atmosphere as the offices is surrender with high ceiling window which allow a lot of natural light inside.
MIDDLE RIGHT: Open Space Area - Physical separation between each individual users are balanced out by the visual openness of the office space.
SINGAPORE WORKSPACE AT KEPPEL TOWERS 072 BOTTOM: Hot Desk Area - In the mini discussion space, funky stools inject vibrant colours to the overall neutral palette.
“KELVIN & FRANK REID CREATED A FUNCTIONAL AND CONVIVIAL PLACE TO WORK. INSPIRED BY THE POWER OF THE WORKSPACE EVOLUTION THIS UNIQUE AREA REFLECTS THE NUMEROUS POSSIBILITY OF OFFICE.”
TOP LEFT & TOP RIGHT: Collaborative Area Provides comfy seating for discussion spaces.
COMBINING AESTHETIC WITH BRANDING COLOURS TO AERATE A NEW MOOD FOR THE ENTIRE OFFICE.
SINGAPORE | 5,000 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN & BUILD
ARGUS IS A LEADING PROVIDER OF PRICE ASSESSMENTS, BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND MARKET DATA FOR THE GLOBAL ENERGY AND COMMODITIES MARKETS.
rgus is an independent media organization publishing market reports and business intelligence reports regarding the energy market and the commodities. Present in 19 countries, Argus decided to partner with us to design their new office located in the Singapore Land Tower. The objective was to reinforce their position in the market with the subtle injection of design elements related to their industry and their field of study through modernistic concept at the front office space. The proposed space planning aims to encourage and to promote communication between staff within their various departments. The challenge of this project was to create a working environment consistent with their corporate image by conserving their existing workstations and some existing structures.
TOP LEFT & TOP RIGHT: Meeting Room Area Different materials and colours bring out a fresh corporate identity for client envisioned.
BOTTOM: Breakcout Area - The ambience hue was deployed in consideration of corporate branding identity.
SINGAPORE TRESURY WINE ESTATES
AESTHETICS OF TASTE
WOOD PLAYS AN ACTIVE ROLE IN THE ART OF WINE MAKING. THE NEW INTERIOR SERVES USERS THE IMPRESSION OF BEING PART OF THE WINE MAKING PROCESS.
TREASURY WINE ESTATES SINGAPORE | 5,000 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN & BUILD
SINGAPORE TRESURY WINE ESTATES 080 TOP & TOP RIGHT: Entrance and Reception area - Incorporating natural tones with bright lighting recreates the joy of winemakers during a good harvest. A print of a vineyard serves as the backdrop for the meeting room, the choice of carpet mimics the rich soil.
reasury Wine Estates is an Australian-based global winemaking and distributor with an impressive wine portfolio of 80 brands including but not limited to Penfolds, Rosemount Estate and Wolf Blass. After designing their office in 2013, Kelvin & Frank Reid recently partnered again with TWE to design and build a new tasting bar at their main entrance. The reception area has been converted to a wine bar, which can facilitate up to 40pax once the operable wall of the meeting room is opened. Entrusting the project to Kelvin & Frank Reid based on our high commitment and responsiveness, our team worked very closely with Treasury Wine Estates to accommodate their existing needs and future projected growth within the partially fitted unit. The design concept aims to reinforce their market position and to reflect their company image. Vineyard scenes were implemented on the full side of the meeting rooms to provide a unique meeting environment aligned with their brand identity. A reversible LCD screen, visible from one of the meeting rooms and outside of the office was installed to allow the marketing team to showcase their wine portfolio.
MIDDLE RIGHT: Bar - The wall behind the bar is an open display cabinet showcasing the various wines produced by the company.
SINGAPORE TRESURY WINE ESTATES 082 LEFT & RIGHT: Meeting Room - The operable glass wall panels are decorated with wine barrels graphic image to showcase the authenticity of their craft.
SINGAPORE J O HAMBRO
BUILDING AND MATERIALS USED ARE ALL PART OF A GREEN PROJECT WHICH MAKING A HEALTHIER AND SAFEST WORK ENVIRONMENT
J O HAMBRO
SINGAPORE | 2,500 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN & BUILD
SINGAPORE JO HAMBRO 086 TOP: Treadmill desk Area - As part of the client requirements to provide treadmills which allow employees to enjoy sport at work.
BOTTOM LEFT: Open Space. Cushion on top of the workstation giving second seat option.
O Hambro Capital Management (JOHCM) is an investment boutique regulated by the UKâ€™s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). They are managing ÂŁ21.7 billion of assets across a range of award-winning equity funds and segregated portfolios, with expertise in UK, US, European, Asia ex Japan, Japanese, Global/International and Emerging Markets Equities. This project was taking place in a Capita Green which there are specific requirement and regulation in the Green Building. Kelvin & Frank Reid proposed green certified carpet to fulfil the requirement and regulation of natural material with green label for flooring. J O Hambro aims to provide a natural and healthy working environment as well as install treadmill desks. Treadmill desk is a standing desk allow employees complete office task with computer while standing on the treadmill desk. Kelvin & Frank Reid uses glass panel for AWS system, the unique single glazing wall creating the minimalist and clean look that seek the blends in easily. It gives the acoustic performance of a single glazed partition that the nature of glass property can offer.
TOP: First Meeting Room - Discussion room for six persons.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Second Meeting Room - The meeting room features a view to the sky garden outside the office.
AT ASSET MANAGEMENT
WHERE ELEGANCE MEETS COMFORT.
AT ASSET MANAGEMENT SINGAPORE | 1,900 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN & BUILD
SINGAPORE AT ASSET MANAGEMENT
ocated in one of the greenest building of Singapore at Ocean Financial Centre, Kelvin & Frank Reid was assigned to design and build the office space of AT Asset Management Singapore. The main objective is to reflect the enduring and trustworthy reputation of AT Asset Management through the interior design of the workspace. Using premium and high quality materials, the office aims to inspire trust and quality. The pattern and texture of the carpet was established in harmony with the veins of the large stonewall located at the main entrance. The design team implemented a unique glowing access point for an exclusive entrance of one selected room. A raw, natural and warm materialsâ€™ palette was used to reinforce the sense of indulgence and comfort. The meeting room embraces the dazzling view of Singapore financial district with a selection of elegant and fine furniture. The integration of subtle, elegant lighting and the subdued colour scheme across the space to reinforce the overall premium atmosphere.
TOP: The pattern and texture of the carpet was established in harmony veins of large stonewall located at the main entrance.
TOP: The meeting room next to the existing glass faรงade in order to create a bigger space impression for discussion.
BOTTOM LEFT & RIGHT: The offices and open space are separated by a glass panel to ensure sound proof, privacy and luminosity.
STEWART INVESTORS SINGAPORE
WORK AT ‘HOME’ BRINGING HOME INTO THE OFFICE.
SINGAPORE | 1,500 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN & BUILD
SINGAPORE STEWART INVESTORS
tewart Investors, formally known as First State Stewart, is the investment management business of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Stewart Investors is a company that manages business accounts concerning: institutional investment, pension funds, wholesale distributors as well as investment platforms and financial advisory boards of internationally based clients. The design approach aims to incorporate its investment philosophy and corporate image into a warm environment that encourages communication between employees. Occupying a shop-house premise, Kelvin & Frank Reid designed to feature various framed portrait photography on the interior walls to create a fresh, light and elegant feeling to the heritage site. The design team implemented the use of wooden furniture to provide a touch of hospitality. The pantry also provides the staff the opportunity to bring their children, making the office a second home.
TOP RIGHT: Stewart Investorsâ€™ meeting room inspired by a residential dining area.
BOTTOM LEFT TO RIGHT: Corridor, Pantry and second corridor in the spirit of real home.
SINGAPORE STEWART INVESTORS 096 TOP & TOP LEFT: Office Area - Similar to an office room that can find like in a house. This is a hot desking area.
TOP: Waiting Area - The design looks like a leaving room to stay in the home spirit.
BOTTOM: Open Space Area - The open space is located in the corridor of the shop house allowing us to achieve full functionality of a corridor.
COLOUR MATTERS TRANSLATION OF THE BRANDS IDENTITY INTO AN OFFICE FUN TO WORK
SINGAPORE | 1,250 SQUARE FEET | DESIGN & BUILD
SINGAPORE CAMPARI 100 TOP & BOTTOM RIGHT: Bar Area - Colour and design matching Campari brand, similar to other designed bars the space is enhanced by displaying products.
ampari is one of the largest premium spirits companies with an internationally renowned brands portfolio including Campari, Aperol, Appleton Estate and Skyy Vodka. In June 2015, Campari Singapore appointed Kelvin & Frank Reid to design and build their first office in Singapore. Located in one of the finest Singapore skyscrapers â€˜The Gateway Eastâ€™, the office space offers a specular view of Singapore landscape. Space planning was a vital stage during the design process and was studied meticulously to optimize every inch in this office layout. Kelvin & Frank Reid reconfigured the traditional reception area into a tasting bar, pantry and holding area concurrently - to maximise the space usage. To elevate the first impression when stepping in the office, large mirror and vibrant backlighted shelving system were implemented at the main entrance around the bar. Fascinated by Milan Galleria Campari, the design of this workspace reflects the company portfolio and the vibrancy of their product range. In the meeting room, Kelvin & Frank Reid explored the notion of contrast by using industrial elements with cement wall and prestige feel with red carpet and canvas.
TOP RIGHT: Meeting Room - Wood floor and steel chair. Poster matching Campari old advertising campaign.
OFFICE CONCEPT FITTING INTERIORS
DISCOVER THE RIGHT FIT & BALANCE WITH CAREFUL MATERIAL SELECTION
Optimis by Herman Miller
HERMAN MILLER | OPTIMIS HAWORTH | FERN SCHIAVELLO | CASE STUDY - CHALLENGER A. & H. MEYER | NETBOX SPOT CARPETS INTER | CASE STUDY - ECOSOFTÂ® VERSALINK | PLATZ+ ARTECOMO | KISSARA AM OFFICE | RAZOR NIMBUS | CASE STUDY - LIGHTING + ACOUSTICS
ITâ€™S A WRAP
TAKING A CUE FROM ORIGAMI TECHNIQUES, THIS STUNNINGLY ORIGINAL DESKING SYSTEM BY POSH DESIGN LAB FOR HERMAN MILLER LITERALLY BENDS TO YOUR WILL.
HERMAN MILLER OPTIMIS 108 THIS PICTURE: Made for multiple environments, Optimis sets the stage for larger conference meetings as well as small groups.
nown for its envelope-pushing office furniture, American manufacturer does it again with Optimis. Created in collaboration with the talented people at POSH Design Lab, this unique desking system takes versatility to bold new heights, thanks to its ability to adapt to virtually any space. Featuring a modular understructure, Optimis’ convertible design affords an array of possibilities by drawing directly from origami, or the Japanese art of folding paper. The piece, which also nods to the resourcefulness of Shigeru Ban’s award-winning paper and cardboard architecture, can be configured to form individual, linear, 120 and corner desks with the greatest of ease. A few key features make the piece the ultimate must-have for orderly types: inspired by the toril, a Japanese gate that one traditionally encounters on the way to Shinto shrines, a raised toolbar clears surfaces
TOP LEFT: Features such as a built-in power source and a set of adjustable dividers make the Optimis a sought-after workspace addition.
TOP RIGHT: Showcasing origami principles, the foldable design conforms to a variety of workplace formats.
of clutter while propping up desktop accessories such as whiteboards and monitor arms. A set of dividers also doubles as a file organiser, keeping things within easy reach. Robust in every sense, Optimis’ solid framework makes the most of simple sheet metal. Bending and angling the material into specific shapes and structures, the designers have dreamt up an inventive desking solution that reduces the need for joints and pares down on unnecessary materials; not only is Optimis highly utilitarian, its minimalist construction also means a green-conscious approach to your workday. poshworkspace.com hermanmiller.com/asia
DESIGNED WITH COMFORT AND WELLBEING IN MIND, FERN STRIKES OUT ON ITS OWN AS AN ERGONOMICALLY CRAFTED OFFICE CHAIR WITH A CUSHY, STAY-AT-HOME APPEAL.
THIS PICTURE: Functional and versatile, the Fern chair also adds visual appeal to any workspace.
HAWORTH FERN 112 THIS PICTURE: Fitted with cutting edge suspension architecture, Fern seamlessly supports usersâ€™ movements without the need for ongoing adjustments.
itting is a tricky business, particularly in today’s workplace where shifting work dynamics are fast changing the way we work, move and situate ourselves. Working with German firm ITO Design, office furniture experts Haworth have it all figured out with Fern, an exceptional new office chair that yields itself to the user’s support-focused needs. Featuring a unique, sculpted shape that takes a cue from its plant-based namesake, Fern subverts the look and feel of the traditional office chair to give rise to rock-solid ergonomics. The consequence of extensive research and countless prototypes, the finished design is defined by its brilliantly configured structure. Typically an external component of the chair, the suspension architecture has been relocated in the centre, resulting in soft, comfortable edges worthy of an extended repose. The adjustment mechanisms are additionally concealed, adding to the design’s visual appeal and making it ideal for a range of different workspaces. Facilitating total body support, the chair’s innovative suspension system – the aptly named ‘Stem’ - takes centre stage. Drawing inspiration from the framework of a fern, the system’s central loop spine features multiple ‘fronds’ that support different areas of the sitter’s back. Responsive to every twist and turn without the need for constant adjustments, Fern’s built-in flexibility takes into account individual sitting styles and habits, making users feel more engaged and in tuned with their own movements. ap.haworth.com
TOP RIGHT: Fern’s central loop spine features ‘fronds’ that support different areas of the sitter’s back.
BOTTOM RIGHT: In using Fern, sitters reportedly feel more balanced and engaged.
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CHALLENGER BALANCES COLLABORATION AND PRIVACY AT 5 MARTIN PLACE
THIS PICTURE: Parcs Wing Chair and American Diner by Bene, available exclusively at Schiavello.
INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT FIRM CHALLENGER, DELICATELY BALANCES PRODUCTIVITY, PRIVACY, WELLBEING AND CONNECTIVITY AT THEIR NEW SYDNEY HEADQUARTERS LOCATED WITHIN THE ICONIC 5 MARTIN PLACE.
SCHIAVELLO CASE STUDY - CHALLENGER
oods Bagot Workplace Interiors Sector Leader in Sydney, Todd Hammond, says the design created a workplace with longevity in mind, which leveraged the heritage character of the building while paying homage to the future, as well as Challenger’s youth and innovation. “Fitting-out a heritage building means you approach the design differently. While we placed functionality at the core of the concept, the existing heritage void set a pivotal starting point from which to centre the heart of the project.”
TOP: Interior Designer Woods Bagot leveraged the heritage character of the building.
TOP RIGHT: Krossi workstations bring height adjustability to open-plan areas.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Docklands by Bene creates an anchor point in the mobile work environment for a private retreat or focused work.
Spanning 9,000 square metres across four levels are individual and projectbased work points, semi-open meeting spaces and small, private meeting rooms. A heritage-inspired palette meets contemporary and functional furniture that delicately balances the need for collaboration and privacy. Such equilibrium showcases innovative office concepts from Schiavello and furniture partner, Bene. Strategically placed on each floor is a multitude of products from Beneâ€™s Docklands and Parcs ranges. Through an infusion of pastel colours and fabric choices, group and individual work zones are defined. No corner left unturned, even transitional space is optimised for more efficient and focused ways of working, with the placement of Docklands Open Bays along elevator voids providing a desirable destination for people on the move. Schiavelloâ€™s custom solutions also proving collaboration-friendly, over 100 whiteboards are integrated onto the surface of Kase storage units. A progressive workplace that makes staff health and wellbeing a priority, 100% of Krossi workstations in open-plan areas are height-adjustable. Coupled with customised hanging shelves to house plants, it is clear employee wellbeing and productivity are well-considered at Challenger.
CASE STUDY - CHALLENGER
TOP: Marina meeting table elegantly sits within the meeting rooms.
BOTTOM: Parcs Toguna creates a meeting point throughout the office.
PROJECT DETAILS LOCATION: Level 1-4/5 Martin Place, Sydney AREA: 9000sqm DURATION: 6 months PROJECT TYPE: Furniture and workstations PROJECT MANAGER & BUILDER: SHAPE ARCHITECT/DESIGNER: Woods Bagot COMPLETED: January 2016 RATING: 5-Star Green Star (Building)
PRODUCTS: Krossi height-adjustable workstation, Vide panel, Kase storage unit with custom whiteboard, Krossi custom trapezoid & round meeting table, Marina fold table, custom suspended planter, Humanscale CPU holder. Parcs: Pop-up stool, Toguna Square, American Diner, Club table & Wing chair, Ply table Timba: Table & High stool Docklands: Dock-in Bay, Bay chair
TOP: Parcs Toguna supports connectivity and promotes collaboration and team work.
A. & H. MEYER HITS THE RIGHT NOTE WITH THE SUBTLE, SIMPLE-TO-USE NETBOX SPOT, WHICH ALONG WITH PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE ART OF DESIGN SIMPLICITY, HAS SPACE EFFICIENCY BUILT INTO ITS DNA.
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HITTING THE SWEET SPOT
TOP: Available as power socket or a pair of communication modules, the NETBOX Spot fits perfectly into standard 50.5mm cable grommets.
THIS PICTURE: The NETBOX Spotâ€™s unobtrusive circular footprint affords an uninterrupted work surface.
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THIS PICTURE: The NETBOX Spotâ€™s compact size makes it ideal for installation into slimmer and smaller furniture.
erusing A. & H. Meyer’s NETBOX Spot, it’s not difficult to fathom why the company has established itself as an industry trailblazer in cable management systems. Even as trends tilt toward smaller offices and homes and furniture makers increasingly thinking small as a result, the company has aptly responded with a scaled-down electrification unit. Staying true to the A. & H. Meyer tradition of focusing on smart design, quality materials and innovative technology, the German-engineered NETBOX Spot is yet another testament that the designers are in complete sync with the furniture industry. Their rational take on space efficiency not only sets the NETBOX Spot apart from the pack but reflects the company’s continued commitment to enhancing the customer experience. This compact electrification unit, designed as a power socket or a duo of communication modules, fits perfectly into standard 50.5mm cable grommets, making it ideal for installation into new lines of slimmer, lighter, eco-friendly furniture. Its unobtrusive circular footprint gives a cable-free, uninterrupted surface, ensuring optimal workflow, with assembling and disassembling the integrated system a cinch with mounting screws. The NETBOX Spot comes in standard black and is hardwired with a power supply cable available in different lengths. “As a leader in cable management products, A. & H. Meyer is committed to meeting the evolving tastes and needs of the furniture industry,” says Peter Lenhardt, Managing Director, A. & H. Meyer Sdn Bhd. “We’re excited to introduce the NETBOX Spot and give our customers what they want — a well-designed, well-made, functional product that is safe and convenient to use, while transforming furniture into which it is seamlessly integrated into a veritable portal for work and play.” Small in size, big on performance. Prepare to be smitten by the NETBOX Spot. ah-meyer.com.my
TOP RIGHT: The NETBOX Spot transforms furniture into a hotspot for work and play.
MIDDLE RIGHT: A marvel of minimalist design: the NETBOX Spot is sleek, subtle and simple to use.
ABOUT A. & H. MEYER A global provider of high-quality electrification systems for furniture, A. & H. Meyer’s portfolio of switches and socket outlets is one of the largest in the world. All of its products, which are applicable in offices as well as hotels, retail stores and public buildings, are manufactured according to stringent international safety standards for electrical appliances. A. & H. Meyer also develops customized solutions for use in specialized areas. Its Malaysian subsidiary A. & H. Meyer Sdn Bhd, incorporated in 2001, is located in Shah Alam, Malaysia, from which it serves the Asia-Pacific markets. A. & H. Meyer has a solid global distribution and support network that provides end-toend services, from consultation and on-site surveys through to installation, training, field- and telephone support.
CARPETS INTER CASE STUDY - ECOSOFTÂ® 124 THIS PICTURE: Made to withstand ample wear and tear, Carpets Inter flooring products promote walking comfort in addition to noise reduction.
SOFT SPOT DURABLE AND GREEN-FRIENDLY, ECOSOFT BY CARPETS INTER EFFECTIVELY ABSORBS UNWANTED ACOUSTICS TO BOOT, MAKING THESE CARPET TILES A GO-TO CHOICE FOR BUSTLING PUBLIC AREAS.
“ECOSOFT® CARPET TILES PLAYED A ROLE IN THE OVERALL ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE OF THE BUILDING.” Ella Masters from Clarke Keller
CASE STUDY - ECOSOFT®
“THANKS TO AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR - ABOVE LEFT SUPPORTED ALL CARPETS INTER PROJECT WORKS AT TRINITY ANGLICAN COLLEGE.”
ounded in 1974, Thai manufacturer Carpets Inter has spent the past few decades perfecting the art of great flooring, resulting in well-designed, high-quality products that stand the test of time. Every aspect of the manufacturing, from fibre and yarn extrusion to spinning, dyeing, twisting, weaving, tufting and finishing, is presided over with care at Carpets Inter’s state-of-the-art facilities. The much talked about EcoSoft® is no exception to the rule. A new and improved take on carpet tile backing, the green-focused product is composed of materials derived from discarded drinking water bottles, plus five percent postindustrial recycled PET. Its enhanced materiality effectively sets it apart from run-of-the-mill counterparts, such as conventional PVC and bitumen hard backings as well as urethane cushion backing. Carpets Inter’s characteristic emphasis on pleasing aesthetics is also a major plus, as evidenced in a classroom building belonging to Trinity Anglican College, Australia. The New South Wales educational facility recently installed 2,585 square meters of EcoSoft® carpet tiles in three colours, Sanskrit Dasa, Catur and Sapta. Designed by Clarke Keller, the neutrally hued tiles, when combined, created the look and feel of a unified space while doubling the sound absorption of hard backed counterparts. “EcoSoft® carpet tiles plays a role in the overall acoustic performance of the building,” commented Ella Masters, a rep from Clarke Keller. Great design and reduced noise? That makes sound sense to us.
TOP: A classroom building in Trinity Anglican College, Australia, benefited from the recent installation of EcoSoft® carpet tiles.
MIDDLE: The cushy carpet tiles improve sound absorption in areas made for frequent activity, such as the above classroom.
BOTTOM: Marrying enhanced acoustic performance with great aesthetics, EcoSoft® tiles paves the way for relaxed yet productive work sessions.
THIS PICTURE: Creating a link between spaces, the customised design at Trinity Anglican College is composed of three flattering, neutral shades.
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THIS PICTURE: Boasting a robust framework and timeless design, PLATZ+ is a desking system with a difference.
STYLISHLY VERSATILE RENOWNED FOR ULTRA-MODERN OFFICE SOLUTIONS THAT INSPIRE USERS TO THINK OUT OF THE BOX, VERSALINK IS MAKING WAVES ON AN INTERNATIONAL SCALE. PLATZ+, A NEWLY DEBUTED DESKING SYSTEM, SHOWCASES THE MALAYSIAN COMPANYâ€™S FORWARDTHINKING APPROACH.
Designer: John Bennett
BOTTOM RIGHT: PLATZ+ was created in collaboration with John Bennett, an awardwinning British designer specialising in furniture and product design.
A named that has become renowned the world over, VersaLink’s success story began humbly in 1991. Back then it made office furniture exclusively for the local market. But it didn’t take very long before word of its exceptional designs and high-quality products spread beyond its Malaysian shores. Gradually, requests from international customers began flooding in, and business grew. As it continued to expand and innovate, a new brand was created – Versalink, which aptly reflects its versatile nature.
family business with a resilient 25-year history, Versalink is showing no signs of slowing down. Adhering to its tagline ‘Performance by Design’, the Malaysian office furniture manufacturer and exporter has made great strides in the last few decades with an ever-growing range of high-quality products hinged on functionality, sound design and good customer relations. A publically listed company that made its debut on the Singapore stock exchange in 2014, Versalink recently re-launched its Klang-based main showroom, which is situated in close proximity with its head office and factory. Visitors have the option of enjoying guided tours of the three-storey display gallery as well as the Versalink factory. Operating on the principle that a direct link exists between overall office performance and office furniture, the company’s products are informed by the existing dynamics between organisations, users and functional space. Launched at Archidex 2016, PLATZ+ clearly emanates Versalink’s core values as a smart, minimalist solution to everyday desking system needs. Created in collaboration with designer John Bennett, PLATZ+ features a clean, streamlined design that facilitates fluid communication and interaction between staffers. Addressing the shifting requirements of today’s open workspace design, the cutting edge system comes as the perfect combination of utility and pared down simplicity. Its refined, unembellished design is a notable highlight, blending seamlessly into any space.
TOP: In addition to collaborative endeavours, the customisable PLATZ+ is equally ideal for solo office work.
BOTTOM LEFT: PLATZ+ launched at Archidex 2016 clearly emanates Versalink’s core values as a smart, minimalist solution to everyday desking system needs.
BOTTOM MIDDLE: Versalink’s office solutions are created with refined aesthetics, function and user wellbeing in mind.
BOTTOM RIGHT: The Versalink sensibility stems from the idea that experiences, relationships and good design are fundamental to improved office performance.
ARTE COMO BY OASIS KISSARA
IRRESISTIBLY SHAPELY, THE ARTECOMO KISSARA CHAIR IS A VISUALLY ARRESTING LITTLE PERCH THATâ€™S JUST RIGHT FOR WORK AND PLAY.
TOP LEFT & RIGHT: Ideal for cozy conversations or fruitful brainstorming sessions, the Kissara chair also functions as eye candy thanks to its vibrantly hued upholstery.
hough the look and feel of workspaces everywhere have changed for the better with the advent of more creative businesses, there are times when the standard office can still come across as the drabbest place in the world. In lieu of a major interior overhaul, one might do well to change up the furniture as a quick fix. Even the most overlooked spaces can unexpectedly take on a different light when spruced up with a few fetching pieces that would work just as well in one’s living room. The ArteComo Kissara chair by Oasis was designed explicitly for this purpose. Inspired by the Wau Merah, a traditional Malaysian kite, this eyecatching seat scores points for its distinctively sculpted backrest and bold duo-toned palette. A cheery addition in the home or office, the Kissara comes as a breath of fresh air, enlivening cozy communal areas and collaborative work areas alike with its upbeat design. A height adjustable feature and built-in swivel base allows for complete ease of movement, enabling one to interact seamlessly with others without any form of strain. A standout perk is the chair’s ergonomically formed backrest which wraps around the sitter’s back while functioning as a plush support for one’s arms. A highlight of the aesthetically pleasing Kissara furniture range, the chair may also be matched with corresponding pieces such as a lounger, lounge table and a standing table for a fully coordinated look. arte-como.com
BOTTOM: Boasting an unusual backrest, the swivel chair supports the sitter’s entire back while promoting freedom of movement.
EMBODYING MINIMALIST GOOD LOOKS AND EVERYDAY FUNCTIONALITY, THIS NEW DESKING SYSTEM BY AM OFFICE IS EQUAL PARTS UTILITARIAN AND CUTTING EDGE.
THIS PICTURE: Stylish and fully configurable, Razorâ€™s utilitarian design supports multiple work styles and promotes fruitful exchanges between staffers.
ith shifting work dynamics fast redefining office life as we know it, flexibility in the workplace is more imperative than ever. This pressing need for versatility is reflected in the rise of mobile workspaces and the proliferation of increasingly adaptive office furniture; in the past few years, manufacturers everywhere have heeded the call for innovative desking systems that give way to productive collaborative work while supporting tasks that benefit from individual concentration. Razor, a recently launched product by Malaysian company AM Office belongs in this category. Created with multitasking and flexible planning in mind, this smartly devised system is clearly a winner in the style stakes, owing to its simple, timeless design and clean palette. Razorâ€™s understated elegance allows for unrestrained mix and match possibilities; paired with a tabletop with a high-gloss finish for an ultra-modern vibe, the die-cast aluminum legs are central to this productâ€™s appeal. Featuring a chrome finish and gentle contours that give rise to a feeling of movement, these eye-catching stems also serve as a solid base. A set of red portable drawers come as a welcome pop of colour as well as a handy complement to the system; set on rolling canisters, they enable staffers to move personal storage in a jiff. Ideal for individual or public use, a four-digit combination lock with changeable code keeps oneâ€™s belongings secure, particularly in a high-turnover environment. amoffice.com.my
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HARMONIOUS COMBINATION RENOWNED ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING OFFICE OPTS FOR LIGHTING AND ACOUSTICS SOLUTIONS FROM THE NIMBUS GROUP AND APPRECIATES THE HIGH DESIGN QUALITY.
“THIS WAS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR THOSE IN CHARGE AT IBG AS THE EMPLOYEES HAD BEEN USED TO ONE- OR TWO-PERSON OFFICES, AND IN SOME CASE, THE SOLUTIONS FOR ROOM ACOUSTICS IN OTHER BRANCH OFFICES ARE NOT COMPLETELY SATISFACTORY.”
t may sound like an unusual approach to planning, but it really is true: the Nimbus Group lighting and acoustics solutions in the new office of IBG B. Graf AG Engineering in St. Gallen are actually based on a photograph in a brochure. Roger Violka, the director of building technology at IBG, was even inspired by the colour of the Rossoacoustic PADs as the combination with the Modul Q luminaires was exactly what he had had in mind. A leading engineering office, specialising among other things in energy and building technology, opted for LED luminaires and Rossoacoustic solutions from the Nimbus Group with its two brands Nimbus (lighting) and Rosso (acoustics). It was the visual and functional compatibility of the two product ranges that really convinced those in charge. Their minds were made up once and for all following a visit to the so-called Mock-Up, the Nimbus Group’s extraordinary showroom in Stuttgart, where they were received by the company’s proprietor Dietrich F. Brennenstuhl. “We are always aware of our position as role models when we choose a technology or product,”
LEFT: The cafeteria is housed in the structure linking the two buildings. Eighteen PADs were also installed on the ceiling here to enhance the room’s acoustics.
TOP: Seemingly suspended at random, the Nimbus LED luminaires and the Rossoacoustic PADs add diversity to the circulation zones, provide pleasant lighting and ensure ideal acoustic conditions.
FUNCTIONAL ARCHITECTURE, EFFECTIVE FITTINGS Lack of space for the almost 100 employees at the location in St. Gallen was the main factor behind the construction project. That is why the premises were planned with extra capacity for around 30 future colleagues and dimensioned so generously. One is immediately captivated by the unique, slightly elevated position of the outskirts of St. Gallen; the unusually high windows inevitably draw one’s gaze the surrounding meadows and forests. Having taken all of this in, it is clear why Violka speaks of a place of inspiration, communication and presentation. In the assessment of Jürgen Staud of RLC Architekten AG, the building concept of the straightforward “New East Building” stands out due to the balance between proportions, materials, utility and economy. Despite the abundance of daylight, economical LED luminaires were required, especially for the communal and circulation zones. Furthermore, effective acoustics solution were needed to compensate for the hard surfaces – exposed and micro top concrete. EYE-CATCHERS, SPLASHES OF COLOUR AND A GREAT DEAL OF FLEXIBILITY The Nimbus and Rosso products used in the project “conform to the architectural functionality while also displaying a design impulse that does the building good,” says the architect Jürgen Staud. The exposed concrete ceiling is brought to life by the square Modul Q Project suspended LED luminaires and Rossoacoustic PADs of the same shape. Suspended at varying heights, green PADs alternate with white and are interspersed by the extremely slim suspended LED luminaires – a playful contrast to the largely “cool” work zones. Other Rossoacoustic systems have also been deployed at IBG, where they support the versatility of utilisation intended by the architects: the semi-transparent CP30 system panels afford the individual workplaces
more privacy while allowing spontaneous changes to a room’s layout thanks to their low weight. Although just as lightweight, the TP30 Wool acoustic panels have been fixed in position and form practical cubicles for accommodating coats, photocopiers and stationery. They are in the same shade of green as the ceiling pads or in matt black. If necessary, they too can be quickly and easily moved to accommodate growing staff numbers. THE INFLUENCE OF THE ACOUSTICS EXPERT The harmony in the design of the luminaires and acoustic elements was a decisive factor for the client. However, what is even more important to Roger Violka is that the employees are really satisfied with the result of the design of their workplaces. “This was a very important issue for those in charge at IBG as the employees had been used to one- or two-person offices, and in some case, the solutions for room acoustics in other branch offices are not completely satisfactory,” explains Enrico Romano from Gerevini Ingenieurbüro AG. He began by determining the absorption levels that the acoustic measures were to achieve. Then the client selected the products – also taking aesthetic aspects into account – and the acoustics expert calculated the reverberation time and speech intelligibility in the offices and communal areas once more in great detail. This told him how many Rossoacoustic elements would be needed and where they should be positioned. CORRIDOR AND CAFETERIA REJUVENATED WITH NIMBUS AND ROSSO The convincing solution in the new building seems to have had a contagious effect: the client decided to completely rejuvenate one corridor in the main building from the 1970s and also had it fitted out with Modul Q luminaires and acoustic PADs. The result is a lighter, more friendly and, in terms of acoustics, much more pleasant working atmosphere. The cafeteria is housed in the structure linking the two buildings. Eighteen PADs were also installed on the ceiling here to enhance the room’s acoustics. nimbus-group.com
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says Roger Violka explaining the company’s philosophy. Role models because IBG counts energy efficiency, progress and ecology among its watchwords. The “use of energy-efficient […] luminaires at the workplaces” is also an important principle in its environmental management policy.future, among other topics.
BOTTOM LEFT: The new Modul Q Project suspended luminaires are available in three different sizes up to an edge length of 1200 x 1200 mm.
BOTTOM MIDDLE: Chamfered edges and wide corner radii lend the new Modul Q Project luminaires a visual lightness.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Rossoacoustic PADs are available in a finely nuanced range of colours. Besides a warm white, users have a choice of six harmonious natural colours (shown here: Soft moss).
THE BUILDING AT A GLANCE UTILISATION: 5-floor office building CLIENT: IBG B. Graf AG Engineering, St. Gallen ARCHITECT: RLC Architekten AG, Rheineck/Winterthur BUILDING ENGINEERING: Wälli AG Ingenieure, St. Gallen BUILDING PHYSICS/ACOUSTICS: Gerevini Ingenieurbüro AG, St. Gallen LIGHTING DESIGN: Linexa Anstalt, 9490 Vaduz LIGHTING SOLUTIONS: Nimbus Modul Q ceiling luminaires and Modul Q Project suspended luminaires ACOUSTICS SOLUTIONS: Rossoacoustic PADs, Rossoacoustic TP 30 Wool, Rossoacoustic CP 30 System CONSTRUCTION PERIOD: March 2015 – April 2016 NET FLOOR SPACE SIA: 2566 m2 BUILDING VOLUME: 9899 m2
BOTTOM: Rossoacoustic PADs are a perfect match to their glowing counterparts, the Nimbus Modul Q and R LED luminaires.
TOP: The Modul Q luminaires and Rossoacoustic PADs have also brought enormous optical and acoustic improvements to the older main building.
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auro once mused, “I wish I could be a politician to govern fairly, a religious leader to guide pragmatically and a powerful entrepreneur to serve as an example and inspiration to others, but I can’t. However what I can do hopefully is create art that makes people think about global issues.” Indeed, Mauro’s sculptures, which are a hybrid of Pop and Minimalist art, have been wildly successful in captivating the hearts and minds of viewers everywhere. The radiant colours and polished surfaces of his Jelly Babies may seem delightfully humorous on first glance, but they also embody disconcerting revelations on the excesses of the material world we inhabit. Every viewer is always intrigued and charmed time and again by the tireless verve and effulgence of Mauro’s mind. The reflective quality of the resin, crystals and marble that Mauro uses give his sculptures a playful appeal. Yet the luster and the almost delectable charm of his work belie a more important message that Mauro intends to convey: like his shiny but translucent sculptures, we are caricatures of our obsessions and aspirations, and we have been made hollow by our aggressive pursuit of consumerist culture. This is perhaps what shines best about Mauro: the way in which he makes sharp social commentary and mixes it with a dash of aesthetic sophistication. Mauro’s rich experiences prior to his career as a sculptor have no doubt contributed to the adventurous spirit that manifests itself through his many experiments with different medias. Initially trained in theatre studies, Mauro later embarked on a series of interesting careers ranging from film production to interior design. The lessons that he acquired through these various disciplines enriched his artistic understanding of the world, and also afforded him a unique vision that makes each and every one of his artworks recognizably his.
Mauro Perucchetti, Jelly Family, from 28 x 17 x 24 cm table top to ~ 1 meter and more standing sculpture, Urethane resin on Black Granite Base odetoart.com
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