|Staples Business Advantage and Metropolis Magazine Announce A Design Contest for How We’ll Work in 2021|
Call for Entries Now Open; Staples Business Advantage to Award
Architects, designers, and students will tackle these questions in a
competition hosted by Staples Business Advantage, the
business-to-business division of
Contest entries should consider the overall workplace strategy when designing the office, and ensure the workspace is meeting employees’ changing needs. Additionally, entrants are urged to think about the facilities manager who keeps the office space functional and the procurement officer who makes buying decisions when developing their designs.
“According to the Staples Business Advantage Workplace Index 2016, the majority of employees describe their office as standard, plain, and dull, so it’s clear that there’s still work to be done when it comes to design,” said Michelle Boolton, Director of Design, Staples Business Advantage. “Office design is more critical than ever, given that respondents also noted that the office is where they’re most productive in terms of getting work done, even with the rise of telecommuting and on-demand workspaces.”
The design community is tasked to incorporate five major themes in their entries, including collaboration, wellness and productivity, office culture, and sustainability. For the fifth theme, the entrant should provide their own vision of what they believe will make workplaces in 2021 effective and productive.
“Today, workers from every sector of employment are experiencing what
can only be defined as the new ways of the digital 21st century. Thanks
to some very clever design thinkers, working closely with HR and other
specialists who study the evolving ways we work, the shrinking office
footprint is being turned into fluid workplaces that consider the whole
human being,” said
Staples Business Advantage and Metropolis partnered in 2013 and 2014 for the Workplace of the Future 1.0 and 2.0 competitions. While those editions placed the focus on future designs, this iteration asks designers to envision offices in the near-term, specifically creating design ideas that could be executed within the next five years. The entries will seek to answer some common workspace questions, such as \work and life integration, individual work and collaboration, and natural and artificial environments.
With more than 25 years of providing quality furniture solutions, the furniture arm of Staples Business Advantage helps organizations of all types and sizes—from small, local companies to large Fortune 1000 companies—create more productive, healthy and sustainable workspaces. It is one of the largest contract furniture dealers in North America and one of the only companies with direct relationships with more than 250 manufacturers.
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