That our living and working spaces are changing it is no news to anyone.
Cities become more and more populated and the rationalization of spaces has come predominantly to the attention of architects and designers.
The new generations, the so called “Millenials”, those who were just teenagers at the turn of this century are now young professionals who no longer feel at ease within the precincts of traditional working spaces. These young professionals feel the need to move from the isolated working offices or cubicles, the so called “I-space” to an open working environment that they call the “we-space”
The Millennials grew up with computers, smart phones, iPads, etc., so they are very social and constantly in touch with their friends and with the world. They were born beyond the concept of walls between nations; the Berlin Wall fell when they were nine years old. Creativity, collective areas and open spaces have become a requisite when designing new office spaces more and more occupied by those Millenials, and concepts such as “creative nesting” or “floor zoning” or spaces within spaces” have become increasingly popular.
And employers are certainly listening to the concerns of the millenials. A workforce of 80 million is too important to ignore. But it is also interesting to see how closely the thinking of today’s CEOs mirrors that of the new Millennials on most key points. Global thinking is obviously good business strategy. Design is being finally consider a competitive business strategy and is having its own global impact. European design has always been elevated and now, also the Americans are seeing the strategic value of it..
So no more cubicles, no more walls. But how to guarantee at the same time the necessary privacy and freedom to accomplish individual tasks of a normal working day at the office..?
The identification of different spaces and working areas within one office with no partition walls is indeed what we call creative nesting. Designers are getting more of the residential feeling into commercial spaces. There is a migration from individual offices and cubicles to open office plans. It was also the cutting of the cord of the computer and the migration to “wireless” that allowed this freedom.
To attract and retain employees, Companies want more creative spaces, more collaborative meeting areas. They are looking for unique pieces of furniture and carpets that create a social workplace. All of the furniture companies are dealing with this issue. Everywhere we see companies redirecting or rethinking products, struggling with how to react to this change.
In terms of product design, we’ve already been crossing our residential and commercial palettes in terms of colours, materials, and textures. That’s been going on. And modular carpet tile is inherently more flexible and adaptable to change to begin with.
As businesses and consumers demand more creative, varied and inspiring interiors, the concept of ‘spaces within spaces’ is becoming increasingly important. And Interface modular flooring has a vital role to play in this.
Whatever is going on in an office, these squares can do wonders!
Google Office Space, Zurich
“The traditional office is evolving into a new more relaxed style of workplace that encourages the psychological well-being of the individual.”
Media City – Salford Quays, Greater Manchester
“The environment has been designed for flexibility, efficiency and to promote an open and creative atmosphere.”
Here are some of the creative floor zoning solutions proposed by the Interface designers. Enjoy!
Internal Schoolyard, by Judith Herman and Helmich Jousma
Products: Mellopolis; Postremo, Pagus, Urbis & Civitas, Madtrium; Pinto, Londinium; Hackney, Assiria; Larsa; Creta; Kissamos.
The Ideal Collaborative Workspace, by Hannah harper and Amy Farn
Products: Mellopolis; Postremo & Pagus Sherbet Fizz; Pepper & Orangeade, Scribble; Composition & Etch, Razzle Dazzle; Lime light & Electron Hydropolis; Alaia.
Rainbow Rooms, by Sophie Fox
Products: Mellopolis; Pagus, Magnus, Urbis, Postremo, Civitas Heuga 731; Hot Pink, Cherry, Orange, Cadmium Sulphide, Sycamore, Pastel, Lobelia
Lucid Dreaming, by Claire Monaghan
Products: Etruria; Curtun & Veli Bisanzio; Homerus Razzle Dazzle; Current Consolidation; Wenge Key Features; Antelope, Fuchsia & Lavender Vintage Refine; Gate House
Managing Moods, by Odile Beranger
Products: Lutetia; Tours Londinium; Islington Luxury Living; Mabinogi & Segrado Histonium; Cupello Madtrium; Vellecas Vermont; Quartzite Vintage Refine; Gate House Scribble; Inscribe Cap & Blazer; St George
At interface we asked ourselves a simple question: How does modular carpet fit in with this change?
Media City photography: Will Pryce & Gareth Gardner