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.
Nestled amongst pristine rainforest in Byron Bay, the newly renovated Byron at Byron is the first resort by Sydney-based design firm Luchetti Krelle. more space caught up with Rachel Luchetti to discuss the brief, the new restaurant for chef Matthew Kemp, and the design influence of the traditional Australian verandah.
At a time when hotels are looking to design with fresh eyes, more space caught up with Tracey to discuss where hotels are heading, the impact of the sharing economy, her favourite places in the world to stay, and why designers may be holding the golden ticket.
Under the direction art director Patricia Urquiola, two of the latest products for the Cassina collection were designed by two new designers to the group – French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and German designer Konstantin Grcic.
Spanish designer Eugeni Quitllet explores transparency and the play of light in a new series of lamps designed for Foscarini. A self-described dreamer, the designer's Satellite collection is ephemeral and weightless in appearance, and the subject of a short film that captures its beauty and simplicity within a series of evocative Venetian vignettes.
New Zealand born and London-based, Tim Rundle has designed the latest collection for Australian brand SP01 inspired by design history, making, an Australian colour palette and bringing together a diverse mix of materials. more space caught up with Tim to chat about the ideas and influences behind the new range.
The work of Swedish design studio Front moves across furniture, products, interiors and installation design, and often communicates a story about the making process, or the material they have chosen. Working with Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, Chair N.0 is inspired by the classic Chair N.14 – one of the most iconic chairs of our time.
Designer of prefab houses for Muji, household objects for his own brand Plus Minus Zero, and projects for Issey Miyake, Vitra and more, here we look at Naoto Fukasawa's newest designs for B&B Italia. Described by Fukasawa as "like making a sculpture out of Carrara marble blocks", Harbor is a collection that poetically conjures function from the purest of form.
Following the success of the Space x Moooi Design Residency program, the newest design collaboration between Space and Moooi has unveiled a special edition carpet designed by acclaimed chef André Chiang – a design project that intimately traces the culinary history of Restaurant André one of the world’s top restaurants.
When Fernando and Humberto Campana began work on the New Hotel project in Athens 10 years ago, little did they know just how important the project would be, not only for their own practice, but also for the local artisans and architects who joined in on the adventure.
Rising above the gritty, urban heart of Sydney, Cleveland Rooftop designed by Adam Haddow of SJB, balances equal parts architecture and landscape and is a living case study for how cities could and should develop – while demonstrating first-hand how embracing nature shapes a happier life.