Spending on office furniture becomes a US political football

Spending on office furniture becomes a US political football

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We’ve mentioned this before but when it comes to riling those who see public sector spending as inherently wasteful, nothing gets their backs up quite so much as the buying of lightbulbs and office furniture. You can come up with your own theories on why that might be (and I hope you do), but it’s […]

Workplace design, Facebook likes and the need of companies to be your friend

Workplace design, Facebook likes and the need of companies to be your friend

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Companies put an awful lot of time and money into getting people to like them on social media these days. While it would be easy to see the like button on Facebook as the primary conduit for this corporate neediness, but it cuts across many aspects of the ways in which companies work, including their […]

The business of workplace design and management; new issue of Insight is now available

The business of workplace design and management; new issue of Insight is now available

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In the latest Insight newsletter, available to view online; Mark Eltringham lists just seven of the ways in which flexible working may have actually made our lives more rigid; expectations for rising rents as demand for commercial property reaches the highest level since before the financial crisis; ‘Walkie Talkie’ skyscraper signs up two new tenants; […]

Green buildings may not enhance job satisfaction and performance, claims study

Green buildings may not enhance job satisfaction and performance, claims study

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In March a report from the British Council for Offices appeared to show that people are happier and more productive when working in green buildings. But the idea that staff find greater job satisfaction when they work in environmentally friendly surroundings is challenged by a new study from researchers at the University of Nottingham and the Centre […]

BCO’s London workplace design and fit-out award winners revealed

BCO’s London workplace design and fit-out award winners revealed

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Yesterday the British Council for Offices announced what it considers London and the South East’s best recently completed workplaces at an awards dinner. The winners included One Eagle Place, BBC Broadcasting House and Brent Civic Centre, who will now go forward to the national awards which will be announced in October. Earlier this month, the […]

New collaborative office design for Petronas HQ in Italy

New collaborative office design for Petronas HQ in Italy

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Building work has begun on the new 17,000 sq. m. European Research & Development Headquarters for Petronas Lubricants, the global lubricants manufacturing and marketing arm of Petronas, the Malaysian oil and gas company. The building has been designed by architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan. The office – located in Santena, just outside Turin, […]

The latest issue of Insight is now available to view online

The latest issue of Insight is now available to view online

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In the latest Insight newsletter, available to view online; read (and watch) a list of some of the greatest songs to deal with the arcane subject of office furniture and discover the six dimensions of wellbeing that can be impacted by the design of the physical environment. Details of the first free and publicly available […]

Gallery: Interiors Group completes office fit-out at Instinctif Partners

Gallery: Interiors Group completes office fit-out at Instinctif Partners

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The Interiors Group has completed a project for the design and fit-out of the relocated offices for Instinctif Partners, an international business communications consultancy now situated at  65 Gresham Street, London. The relocation coincided with the launch of Instinctif Partners’ new name (having previously been known as College Group) so the new design became an expression […]

The six most important dimensions of wellbeing in the workplace

The six most important dimensions of wellbeing in the workplace

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Designing an office environment using six key elements of wellbeing will benefit both employers and their staff, leading to a healthier, more productive workplace finds a new report. Steelcase’s WorkSpace Futures global research team, which included a psychologist, a designer and an ergonomist conducted an in depth study on existing wellbeing research, surveys, indicators and theories and found […]

Workplace design is theme of latest Insight, now available to view online

Workplace design is theme of latest Insight, now available to view online

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The latest issue of Insight, now available to view online, has a strong workplace design theme. Simon Heath reviews the nominees for the Design Museum, Designs of The Year awards and Justin Miller previews the Salone Internationale del Mobile (International Furniture Fair) in Milan. We discover how the new Axel Springer media centre in Berlin […]

A rail network carrying people on blurred lines into the future of work

A rail network carrying people on blurred lines into the future of work

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The UK rail industry has a somewhat ambiguous relationship with the idea of remote working. While the business case for the controversial HS2 rail line was until recently predicated on the remarkable assumption that people don’t work on trains (now replaced by another set of assumptions to get to the numbers it needs for politicians […]

Can building design presage a fall from grace for the world’s tech giants?

Can building design presage a fall from grace for the world’s tech giants?

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At the movies, buildings are often used to denote hubris. The ambitions and egos of Charles Foster Kane and Scarface are embodied in the pleasure domes and gilded cages they erect to themselves. Of course, things then invariably go badly wrong. In the real world too, monstrous edifices have often presaged a crash. The UK’s […]

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