"The constant factor that ensures offices will always exist, in some form or other is the human they serve. We know that because, as Tom Allen proved at MIT in the 1980s, people communicate less well the greater the physical distance between them. Now new research from Stanford University shows how the very idea of ‘togetherness’ can have a significant impact on the way people perform." writes Workplace Insight.
Open office layouts can suck--but they don't have to. In part two of Fast Company's office design series, senior editor Anjali Mullany talks with workplace experts about how to turn your collaborative space into super productive real estate. "But I believe that the problem with Fast Company's office isn't that we have a mostly open office layout. The problem with our office is that we haven't approached our open office layout the right way."
Sara Kokko (top left corner), is currently studying interior architecture and furniture design at the Aalto university school of Arts, Design and Architecture. In the field of workplace design, Sara is particulary interested in projecting a company’s image in a space. Her thesis on the subject awoke her curiosity and inspired her to apply to Workspace.
Katariina Salo (top right corner), only a thesis short from graduating to be an interior architect, is wrapping up her studies at the Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences. During her studies, Katariinas interests lay towards fitting together the space and branding of a company, and she wishes to learn more about the topic during her internship at Workspace.
Kreetta Airila (bottom left corner) is a recent interior architecture graduate from Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Institute of fine arts and design. Before that Kreetta has also completed an interior artisan degree and will be joining Sara in the masters program this fall at Aalto university. Kreetta had no previous experience in workplace design, but was eager to take on new design challenges. Kreetta is intrigued by participative designing and working within Workshops.
Olivia Saxen (bottom right corner) studied to be an interior designer in Australia, at Griffith university, but a summer placement within the design team at Workspace got her to return back home to Finland. Olivia brings international perspective and knowledge to the projects and wishes to learn more about the nordic design culture during her summer employment. Olivia and Sara both share a common interest and knowledge towards graphic design as well as interior design.
A skillful add to our interiorior design team is Tia Hämäläinen, an interior architect and designer from Lahti Institute of Design. Above all she sees interior design as a process which main purpose is to help the client - to work better and hopefully also to see the world from a different perspective.
Workspace's new team member Marika Häkkinen is an interior architect from Lahti Institute of design. She is especially skillful with atmosphere, functionality and fine details. She has got experience in designing hotels, restaurants and private homes along with offices.
Nordea Private Banking wanted to make their customer service memorable. They wanted the customer to feel like they are part of something special by offering service that goes beyond the standards.
The customer experience was modeled and all the steps were designed to offer service that's personal, gentile and memorable. The beautiful artwork was selected from Art Foundation Merita's collection. We also created a Nordic Design Manual to guide the design process in other locations in order to ensure similar level of service everywhere. The Design Manual defines the furniture, materials, colors, image and mood for the reception as well as lounge- ja meeting rooms.
Also the office floor was redesigned to promote new ways of working. The whole interior design was done respecting Alvar Aalto's original plan and the history of the building.