Leading practitioners in workplace design and well-being gathered in Melbourne at the end of August for Work Place / Work Life 2016. Held at the NGV International the one-day forum looked at the issues shaping workplace design now and into the future.
Key note presentations unpacked current conditions and speculated about future change. Topics included Artificial Intelligence and how it may transform our economies and work and the role of big data in informing designers about the neural networks within organisations.
The keynote speakers were Kursty Groves, author of Spaces For Innovation: The Design and Science of Inspiring Environments (UK); Peter Andrew, director of workplace strategies, Asia Pacific at CBRE (Singapore); Su Lim, head of global client engagement for Hassell and founder of Workcollectiv (Singapore/Australia); and Cai Kjaer, cofounder of Optimice and CEO and cofounder of Swoop Analytics (Australia).
A recurring topic of the event was how important it was to understand – and factor in – the organisational culture of a client. The importance of design teams embedding themselves within a client's culture in order to truly respond to their unique workplace requirements was consistently spoken about.
Work Place / Work Life was part of Architecture Media's Design Speaks: program – a series of stimulating talks, seminars, forums and conferences on and about architecture and design, created to bring design professionals, their clients and interested members of the public together.
Space Furniture was a Supporting Partner of Work Place / Work Life 2016.
A stand out at the MPavilion program this year was Design Your Own Pavilion dreamt up and run by architects Tania Davidge and Christine Phillips of OpenHAUS. Their weekend program looked at what a pavilion was and how you might go about designing one and engaged more than 30 kids in the adventure.
Named a UNESCO Creativity City of Design in 2015, we take a look at the region's new design hotspot where Space Furniture both strategically and somewhat fortuitously, opened its South East Asa flagship more than a decade ago.
We travel to Hotel Il Sereno on the shores of Lake Como to meet hotelier Luis Contreras whose family has established remarkable hotels where design, tradition and nature meet – and where luxury is being redefined with the help of designer Patricia Urquiola and furniture maker B&B Italia.
We visit the Rose Seidler House for a spring picnic tour with Space and a group of architects, engineers and designers from across Australia. Nearly 70-years since the house was completed, its popularity reveals even more than Harry Seidler's exciting and radical vision for the suburban home in 1950.
Launched by Mark Holmes and Tamara Caspersz and based in east London, Minimalux has been steadily building a collection of bespoke personal design items that are refined in detail and finished by hand – and attracting a worldwide following including design entrepreneur Casper Vissers.
With legendary art director Massimo Morozzi, founders Valerio and Monica Mazzei launched Edra in the final days of the Memphis movement, developing an advanced research hub where designers, including Zaha Hadid, Francesco Binfaré and Fernando and Humberto Campana, helped establish Edra's reputation as the avant-garde of the Italian design industry.
Celebrating 20 years and the innovative leaps and bounds of furniture maker B&B Italia, the Charles sofa designed by Antonio Citterio was named in honour of Charles Eames and the extraordinary lengths he and Ray Eames went to, experimenting and testing materials and pushing the design industry into the future.
Piero Lissoni's studio is a thriving creative hub, with projects from furniture to hotels to the visual identity for the International Film Festival in Venice We meet Piero Lissoni's first collection with B&B Italia – Saké and Formiche – a collaboration that began over dinner with founder Piero Busnelli more than 20 years ago.
To mark their 90th anniversary, Italian furniture manufacturer Cassina has released This Will Be The Place, a book that boldly examines the territory of the future in tune with the present and the past, with surprisingly diverse results.
In Miilan this year, Serralunga launched the Cassero collection with Patricia Urquiola. It’s a range that responds to the international love for urban gardening with a series of beautifully pared back pots for planting everything from bamboo to micro-vegetable gardens.