Second Annual Workplace of the Future Contest Reveals How the
Workplace is Evolving
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 14, 2015--
Interiors by Staples, the contract furniture division of Staples
Advantage and Metropolis,
the magazine of architecture and design at all scales, today announced
the winners of the second
annual Workplace of the Future 2.0 contest. As part of the contest,
more than 150 architects and designers from around the world envisioned
what work lives would be in the next 10-15 years, given the shift toward
a “work anywhere, anytime” mentality.
Key themes that emerged from the contest include:
Shift toward adaptable furniture systems: Designed with a
no-size-fits-all approach, these modular, flexible furniture pieces
provide options based on individual and group needs, and can be
implemented in smaller or unfinished spaces.
Creating mobile pods: Aboard different types of transportation,
these portable, all-encompassing modules/designated spaces incorporate
technology and maintain productivity while being on the go.
Inserting infill environments: Leveraging existing
architecture, these systems and spaces can be inserted into current
buildings or shared between companies, enabling improved interaction
and collaboration between workers.
Designing wellness spaces: These garden-like spaces improve
worker productivity and wellbeing through access to physical activity
and nature, providing peaceful work areas and aspects to stimulate
fitness and movement.
Staying connected to technology: These forward-thinking
workplace solutions focus on 3D and augmented reality, offering fully
integrated furniture and devices to disconnect workers from a fixed
workspace and maintain productivity anywhere.
Business Interiors by Staples awarded the winners, Joe Wilson and Sean
Cassidy, of London, England, $7,500 for their Organic Grid+ concept.
This sustainable design is an adaption of the infill environment theme,
and consists of a custom created unit that plugs directly into existing
city architecture, whether that existing space be a skyscraper or
warehouse. The unit is equipped with office space and indoor garden
space, which allows workers to integrate two often opposing forces:
nature and technology. Planting and vegetation in the garden generates
healthy food options for employees and naturally regulates the climate
of the workspace so less HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air
conditioning) is needed. The Organic Grid+ blends the boundaries between
work and personal life in a constructive way designed to meet the
realities of the new workplace where employees are spending more time at
“We are thrilled to win this competition, and are so excited to share
our design. The importance of incorporating nature into the workspace is
something we feel passionately about, as it’s critical to human health,”
said Joe Wilson and Sean Cassidy. “Combine that with a user-oriented
experience with complete flexibility and you’re able to encourage
happier, more productive employees.”
The runner-up, Edward Ogosta of Culver City, California, received $2,500
for The Hybrid Office design, which offers a variety of individual and
group spaces for a mid-sized creative office. Set within a renovated
warehouse interior, it provides creative group and private spaces
depending on employee needs. Open offices super-densify workers with
nowhere to retreat, but The Hybrid Office rebalances the workplace by
providing a middle ground between open and closed space, individual and
collective/collaborate work as well as analog and digital tools. Hybrid
furniture models include styles like open tiered seating and
semi-enclosed desks to nooks to enhance focus. Alternatively, large
living rooms and long worktables support interactive, hands-on work,
while clusters of tree-like chairs facilitate quiet discussions and
“While all designs were unique, one commonality among the themes from
the competition is the movement toward customizing the workplace to
enhance the individual employee experience,” said John Michael, Vice
President and General Manager, Business Interiors by Staples. “Staples
will continue to help make these themes a reality as our capabilities,
solutions and offerings evolve to meet the needs of the changing
workplace and the workforce.”
“The winners provided a truly forward-thinking way we can incorporate
health, sustainability, flexibility and overall worker happiness into a
beautiful, clean design,” said Susan S. Szenasy, Publisher & Editor in
Chief, Metropolis Magazine. “Joe Wilson and Sean Cassidy captured
beautifully how technology and nature are merging to create healthy,
productive and happy employees.”
The winner and runner-up are profiled in the January 2015 print and
digital issue of Metropolis magazine.
About Business Interiors by Staples
Business Interiors by Staples is the contract furniture and design arm
of Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc.
With more than 25 years of providing quality furniture solutions, it
helps organizations of all types and sizes - from small, local companies
to large Fortune 1,000 companies - create more productive, healthy and
sustainable work spaces. It is the largest contract furniture dealer in
North America and one of the only companies with direct relationships
with more than 250 manufacturers. To learn more about Business Interiors
by Staples, please visit here.
About Staples Advantage
Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc.
(Nasdaq:SPLS), serves organizations of 20 or more employees up to the
Fortune 1000, helping them make more happen with more products, greater
cost savings and improved ordering efficiencies. Staples Advantage
provides its customers, including global businesses, local, state and
federal government, healthcare organizations and educational
institutions, with a one source solution featuring comprehensive
products and services like office supplies, technology, printing,
promotional products, furniture and facility supplies, along with a
customized level of account support and best-in-class customer service.
More information is available at www.staplesadvantage.com.
Source: Staples, Inc.
Shweta Agarwal, 508-253-8249