Where is the office today? Is it in our smartphones and tablets? Does it only exist in our heads? Or do we still need the ritual of coming to a physical space dedicated to work? For this yearâ€™s Orgatec fair, Vitra will be focusing on the increasing convergence of the office realm and public spaces, subsumed under the title â€śWorkâ€ť. The presentation showcases three examples of office scenarios.
Our working worlds are transforming. We no longer work from nine to five â€“ or nine to seven. Flexitime is the new normal â€“ whenever our personal performance is at its best. Co-working studios are constantly popping up, spaces that promote networking and encourage their users to constantly exchange ideas and knowledge with each other. Stationary workstations are expanding into digital platforms that you can log into anywhere.
With furniture, we arrange our flats, express our style and perhaps even make a visual statement. But we donâ€™t decide whether we like a table or a sofa based on their looks alone â€“ feel and function also play a role. The challenge lies in combining all three factors. With his masterâ€™s project at Folkwang University, the bureau â€śKabinettâ€ť, Tim zum Hoff has even succeeded in directly linking a tactile experience with a function â€“ the bureauâ€™s compartments are illuminated by brushing a hand gently across its surface.
Designed for the â€śGreat Bauhaus Exhibitionâ€ť in 1923, Walter Gropiusâ€™ directorâ€™s office is considered the worldâ€™s first holistic spatial composition of the modern era. It was conceived as a showroom of an ideal study, accommodating a seating area as well as a workspace with a chair and desk.
Whether weâ€™re in the office, behind the wheel or at home in front of the TV â€“ we sit too much and for too long. According to a survey conducted by the German market research institute GfK on behalf of the health insurer DKV and the Sport University Cologne, we spend an average of 450 minutes or 7.5 hours sitting on workdays. General tips such as regularly standing up and getting some exercise are simply not enough. Sitting correctly and ensuring that seating furniture supports correct sitting posture is vital.
Polyethylene terephthalate or PET for short. It is the material used to make drinks bottles. Consumers in Germany can return these bottles to supermarkets after use and collect the refundable deposit. But what happens to the no-longer-needed, crushed bottles? Some of them are made into bottles again, others into T-shirts or fleeces. And some of them are made into seat covers. Brunner uses a cover fabric made from 100% recycled polyester for many of its products.