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Open offices are overrated - YouTube
"Open offices have been around a surprisingly long time. But they're relatively misunderstood for their role in workplace culture. Where did open offices and cubicles come from, and are they really what we want?

This episode of Overrated explores the history, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Herman Miller, and other key figures in the office design movement. Our workplaces haven't always been this way — this is how we got here."
openoffices  offices  architecture  interiors  design  2017  productivity  interaction  openness  franklloydwright  hermanmiller  furniture 
july 2018 by robertogreco
"“What is the most flexible in a room? You! Design needs to relate to the development of people, to the development of our mind and body. It’s not just an instrument of decoration, but a tool for change. Rosan Bosch at TEDx in Indianapolis 2013.

Rosan Bosch Studio is an interdisciplinary agency working in the cross-field of art, design and architecture. We believe that the physical environment makes a difference to the way we act in the world. Therefore we use interior design as active tool to create change - whether it comes to urban spaces, schools or workplaces.

Our portfolio ranges from small art and development projects to total designs of schools, libraries and private companies. We base each project on the customer's specific challenges and customize the design solution to the people who will use it in everyday life.

With a focus on creativity and innovation we convert ideas into physical product and create spaces and environments that make a difference. See examples of our projects."

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design  architecture  schooldesign  alexandralange  rosanbosch  interiors  schools  education 
january 2017 by robertogreco
Welcome to AirSpace | The Verge
"It’s easy to see how social media shapes our interactions on the internet, through web browsers, feeds, and apps. Yet technology is also shaping the physical world, influencing the places we go and how we behave in areas of our lives that didn’t heretofore seem so digital. Think of the traffic app Waze rerouting cars in Los Angeles and disrupting otherwise quiet neighborhoods; Airbnb parachuting groups of international tourists into residential communities; Instagram spreading IRL lifestyle memes; or Foursquare sending traveling businessmen to the same cafe over and over again.

We could call this strange geography created by technology "AirSpace." It’s the realm of coffee shops, bars, startup offices, and co-live / work spaces that share the same hallmarks everywhere you go: a profusion of symbols of comfort and quality, at least to a certain connoisseurial mindset. Minimalist furniture. Craft beer and avocado toast. Reclaimed wood. Industrial lighting. Cortados. Fast internet. The homogeneity of these spaces means that traveling between them is frictionless, a value that Silicon Valley prizes and cultural influencers like Schwarzmann take advantage of. Changing places can be as painless as reloading a website. You might not even realize you’re not where you started.

It’s possible to travel all around the world and never leave AirSpace, and some people don’t. Well-off travelers like Kevin Lynch, an ad executive who lived in Hong Kong Airbnbs for three years, are abandoning permanent houses for digital nomadism. Itinerant entrepreneurs, floating on venture capital, might head to a Bali accelerator for six months as easily as going to the grocery store. AirSpace is their home.

As the geography of AirSpace spreads, so does a certain sameness. Schwarzmann’s cafe phenomenon recalls what the architect Rem Koolhaas noticed in his prophetic essay "The Generic City," from the 1995 book S,M,L,XL: "Is the contemporary city like the contemporary airport—‘all the same’?" he asks. "What if this seemingly accidental—and usually regretted—homogenization were an intentional process, a conscious movement away from difference toward similarity?"

Yet AirSpace is now less theory than reality. The interchangeability, ceaseless movement, and symbolic blankness that was once the hallmark of hotels and airports, qualities that led the French anthropologist Marc Augé to define them in 1992 as "non-places," has leaked into the rest of life.

As an affluent, self-selecting group of people move through spaces linked by technology, particular sensibilities spread, and these small pockets of geography grow to resemble one another, as Schwarzmann discovered: the coffee roaster Four Barrel in San Francisco looks like the Australian Toby’s Estate in Brooklyn looks like The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen looks like Bear Pond Espresso in Tokyo. You can get a dry cortado with perfect latte art at any of them, then Instagram it on a marble countertop and further spread the aesthetic to your followers.

This confluence of style is being accelerated by companies that foster a sense of placelessness, using technology to break down geography. Airbnb is a prominent example. Even as it markets unique places as consumable goods, it helps its users travel without actually having to change their environment, or leave the warm embrace of AirSpace."

"This year, Airbnb moved from passively shaping the spaces users inhabit, to changing the way they travel by creating in-app guidebooks that will provide Foursquare-like recommendations to guests based on host tips. Just this week, the company also announced Samara, an in-house design and engineering studio that will "pioneer services for connection, commerce, and social change within and around the expanding Airbnb community," Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia said in the press release. Samara’s first residence and community center in Nara Prefecture, Japan, Gebbia suggests, will enable a kind of voyeurism for foreign tourists: "I picture Western guests walking up, stepping inside, and you’re interacting with the community from the minute you arrive," he told Fast Company.

Yet the AirSpace aesthetic that Airbnb has contributed to, and the geography it creates, limits experiences of difference in the service of comforting a particular demographic ("the vanilla tourist") falsely defined as the norm. It is a "hallucination of the normal," as Koolhaas writes. This is the harmful illusion that so much technology, and technological culture, perpetuates: if you do not fit within its predefined structures as an effective user, you must be doing something wrong. Says Schwarzmann, "It’s a bubble, a lot of things that are reinforcing our bubble. I’m definitely part of the described problem. White, male, privileged and I travel a lot."

Among the phenomenon’s consequences is depersonalization, in the psychiatric sense: "a state in which one loses all sense of identity." I personally like the AirSpace style. I can’t say no to a tasteful, clean, modern life space. But thinking through its roots and negative implications makes me reconsider my attachment. It’s hard to identify with something so empty at its core.

In the advent of AirSpace, our options are limited. The first is finding "the advantages of blankness," as Koolhaas writes, becoming connoisseurs of "the color variations in the fluorescent lighting of an office building just before sunset, the subtleties of the slightly different whites of an illuminated sign at night." Kanyi Maqubela, the Roam investor, sees meaning in the generic from an unexpected source. "If you go to Catholic church in most parts of the world, the mass is going to feel like the mass. There is still a sense of unity," he says. "We’re starting to enter the world where these private companies have some of that magic to them, the notion of feeling at home across time zones in any country."

Suggesting that Airbnb could become the next Vatican is a stretch, however. While it would be impossible to stop the spread of the generic style—like trying to stop all hotels from looking the same—there are still steps to consider against the imperfect frictionlessness of the territory it occupies. This could come in the form of legislation that resists the spread of services like Airbnb (as Berlin, Paris, New York and San Francisco are considering), or a simple personal choice to become more invested in the local than the mobile — to opt for the flawed community bed & breakfast rather than the temporary, immaculate apartment. Seeking out difference is important, particularly when technology makes it so easy to avoid doing so.

Left unchecked, there is a kind of nightmare version of AirSpace that could spread room by room, cafe by cafe across the world. It’s already there, if you look for it. There are blank white lofts with subway-tile bathrooms, modular furniture, wall-mounted TVs, high-speed internet, and wide, viewless windows in every city, whether it’s downtown Madrid; Nørrebro, Copenhagen; or Gulou, Beijing. Once you take the place of the people who live there, you can head out to their favorite coffee shops, bars, or workspaces, which will be instantly recognizable because they look just like the apartment that you’re living in. You will probably enjoy it. You might think, ‘This is nice, I am comfortable.’ And then you can move on to the next one, only a click away."
2016  airbnb  culture  sameness  internationalization  homogenization  design  architecture  interiors  kylechayka  socialmedia  airspace  depersonalization  generic 
august 2016 by robertogreco
Jamba Juice Just Got Some Serious Design Cred | Co.Design | business + design
"Along the main drag in Pasadena's historic downtown core, Jamba Juice has opened its newest store. When you step inside, the expansive space—with its terrazzo floor, sinuous oak bar, minimalist European furniture, and seafoam-green walls adorned with relief sculptures of fruit—looks more like a chic restaurant than its sterile brethren populating strip malls and food courts across the country. Designed by the prominent L.A. firm Bestor Architecture, the Innovation Bar, as it's known, represents Jamba Juice's first-ever concept store and a foray into design experimentation as a way to lure customers.

"All retail companies, especially brands that are 20 to 25 years old, have to find ways to stay relevant and keep from getting tired," says David Pace, Jamba Juice's CEO. "It's how do we go out there, try some things, experiment, and look at the business, design, and products differently. This was put into place to test current assumptions."

The past few years have been rocky for the smoothie brand, which has been shedding unprofitable stores and has switched to a franchise model to cut costs to stay financially healthy. Amid those changes has been an interest to stoke more consumer interest in the brand. After consulting with 2x4, a New York–based design studio, Jamba decided to build out a concept store.

"They wanted it to feel more like a part of the community rather than a mass experience that gets rolled out," says Georgianna Stout, a partner and creative director at 2x4. "What we've been seeing in all retail experiences—not just in food—is that it's such a competitive market now. If you think of Amazon, you can get anything in a day, from hardware to diapers to food. In general, people who are competitively part of those same markets are needing to rethink their retail spaces to differentiate them. How do you appeal to someone who's used to a mass experience? How do you get customers to come in and stay? We worked to think about the social experience in a store and to make the environment more appealing and comfortable."

Stout and Jamba Juice admired Barbara Bestor's ability to create environments that feel vibrant and fresh, but not in an artificial way—her most recognized work includes Intelligensia Coffee and the splashy headquarters of Beats by Dre. So they didn't give her a specific rubric for the space so much as a general sensibility. "If you walk in the door and say, 'Wow, I can't believe it's a Jamba Juice,' that was almost the brief," Stout says.

To Bestor, the challenge lay mixing local influences and the brand's core identity to create something that spoke to the notion of freshness, an important attribute considering that the store's main products are cold-pressed juice (not the sugar-laden smoothies for which Jamba has become known) and healthy meals.

"In the coffee world, there's a focus on using design as an expression of authenticity, caring for the customer, and adding some delight for them," Bestor says, noting that while ultra-fancy third-wave coffee shops have become the norm in many cities, juice is following suit. "As architects, it’s exciting to look at an established brand and be able to try out ideas to explore 'connoisseurship' of its product."

When Bestor began looking at the brand's current identity, she saw some similarities to the super-saturated oranges, magentas, and teals that L.A. designer Deborah Sussman used in the 1980s. "If you look at how Jamba shows themselves with color—which is embracing it—what would be a way to tune color to a newer palette? What says 'natural, fresh fruit' today?" To that end, she kept the palette vivid, but more organic: light greens, natural woods for the bar and furniture, and a floor made from river pebbles embedded in concrete.

The space is located on a historic street with a landmarked facade, and while there were no laws dictating what Bestor had to do inside—the exterior had to stay the same—she tried to pull some of the exterior influences indoors. The building was originally built as a drugstore in the 1940s, so she decided to incorporate a traditional tin ceiling and used deep moldings to adorn the walls.

The real showstoppers in the space are supergraphics of fresh fruit—which were designed by Bestor Architecture—that cover some of the walls and also cycle through digital screens. "It was about scale and making really big, visceral impressions," Bestor says. "It gets across the idea of naturalness and freshness but in a contemporary way."

When customers come in, they can order food from iPads in the front of the store, pick things from a grab-and-go shelf, or order from the cashier. One of the biggest differences in the customer experience is being able to sit in the store. To get people to linger, Bestor looked to the design of Viennese cafes from the 19th century. There are a handful of tables, bar stools, and a banquette upholstered in leather that offer places to sit. There's also Wi-Fi in the space.

"I call it 'slow casual,'" Bestor says.

On the menu, Jamba Juice is experimenting with different types of cold-pressed juice at a higher price than it typically sells its products (about $8 a bottle) and healthy complements, like quinoa salads. While the store is a one-off and Jamba doesn't have any plans to create more like it at the moment, it's using the space to test the idea of opening regionally inspired retail spaces, much like Starbucks did with its Reserve line. And some elements that do well in the Pasadena location, like menu items, could be rolled out nationally.

"When your designed space reinforces that you’re about customization and not 'one size fits all,' customers can say it’s kind of my local shop, it's different," Pace says. "But if you stamp out a New York City shop just like one in Albuquerque and there's no customization, there’s where people start to feel worried. Customers want to see convenience, personalization, and new taste profiles. . . . In this business, you always have to reinvent yourself.""
barbarabestor  jambajuice  design  interiors  via:jarrettfuller  deborahsussman  2016  murals  pasadena  architecture  fruit  graphicdesign  graphics  losangeles 
july 2016 by robertogreco
Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, and the Importance of the Interior « Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities
“The French have become masters in the art of being happy among ‘small things,’ within the space of their own four walls, between chest and bed, table and chair, dog and cat and flowerpot, extending to these things a care and tenderness which, in a world where rapid industrialization constantly kills off the things of yesterday to produce today’s objects, may even appear to be the world’s last, purely humane corner.”

-- Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition

During my first reading of Arendt’s The Human Condition, this particular quote attracted my attention, probably since I’m trained as an architect and sensible to these kind of imaginable, tangible examples. (I must also mention the very nice and almost poetic rhythm in the ‘construction’ of the sentences quoted above). The passage immediately reminded me of the famous text “Paris: Capital of the Nineteenth Century,” in which Walter Benjamin, among other things, links the importance of the domestic interior to the emerging impact of industrialization on the working people. Through the mutability of modernity, as symbolised by the arcades with their cast-iron constructions, Benjamin argues that the interior comes into conscious being to the extent that our life, work, and surroundings change. The interior of domestic life originates in the need for a place of one’s own: a small but personal haven in a turbulent world that is subject to constant change.

Acknowledging this development, the modern individual found himself confronting a new separation between living and working, between the (domestic) interior and the workplace. Here Benjamin stresses that in the workplace one deals with “real” life, (Although work is increasingly being carried out in bigger, virtual spheres.) whereas within the dwelling’s interior one harbours illusions. The interior is a safe haven, a familiar domain, in which one can cherish one’s personal history in an otherwise cold and threatening environment. “The interior is not just the universe but also the étui of the private individual,” Benjamin writes. The interior is so close to man that it is like a second skin – a perfect fit. It is geared to our rhythm (of life), and vice versa.

But there is more to it. Benjamin observes that the interior also offers meaning through living; it accommodates a story of personal remembrances. “To live means to leave traces. In the interior, these are accentuated.” In other words, there is no escape from life in the interior. Whereas in the public space those traces inevitably fade, in the interior they remain visible and tangible for the occupant. And that is crucial: people hold the interior close precisely because of the memories that attach to it. To be at home is more than to merely eat, sleep and work somewhere – it is to inhabit the house. That is to say, to make it your own, to leave traces.

It is possible to describe the interior in this perspective as a flight from the “real” world “out there,” but this overlooks the importance of the interior for this “reality.” Arendt’s quotation cited at the beginning of this article – which might be invoked alongside the same Parisian experience Benjamin analyzes – is part of her emphasis on the importance of the private realm vis-à-vis the public realm. A life lived exclusively in the bright glare of the public realm will fade, she states. It will lose depth, that is, its ability to appear into the world. It needs the private realm to recover, to reform, in order to reappear and once again participate in public. Although it may sound negative, darkness means first and foremost that something has been hidden from view. It is therefore shielded from the continuous maelstrom of public life.

Set against this backdrop, Arendt stresses the importance of one’s own household – or more to the point, one’s own home – as a necessary condition. This assertion is supported by the respect with which city-states once treated private property. The boundaries that separated each person’s space were observed most reverently, with the property inside treated as sacred spaces and things.

The darkness of the house and the blinding glare of the outside depend on each other. Indeed, they are inextricably linked. Distinct from family life with its protective and educational aspects, Arendt also takes this to mean that the private realm accommodates those things in life that cannot appear in public. She believes that the distinction between the public and private realms has to do with that which must be made visible on the one hand and that which must remain invisible on the other. What appears in public acquires maximum visibility and hence reality. However, there are some things in life that need to remain hidden: the intimacy of love and friendship, the experiences of birth and death. Both the physical and the romantic belong to the realm of necessity, Arendt claims. They are too closely tied up with the needs of the individual to be made a public matter. Put differently, the private realm provides space for the ineffable, the issues we cannot discuss or negotiate, or indeed the ones we cannot stop talking about. Those issues need a safe place, one among personal “things” and their memories.

If the importance of the interior is manifest anywhere, it is in the appearance of homeless people living like ghosts on the streets. Being homeless not only means living unprotected from wind and rain. It also means first and foremost not having a safe place where you can be more or less secure and sheltered, a place to which you can withdraw in order to recharge before re-entering the domain of uncertainty and danger.
These four walls, within which people’s private life is lived, constitute a shield against the world and specifically against the public aspect of the world. They enclose a secure place, without which no living thing can thrive. This holds good (…) for human life in general. Wherever the latter is consistently exposed to the world without the protection of privacy and security its vital quality is destroyed. (Arendt, The Human Condition)
hannaharendt  home  walterbenjamin  interiors  interior  uncertainty  certainty  refuge  hansteerds  privacy  visibility  invisibility  household  homeless  homelessness  security  danger  consistency  modernity  workplace 
january 2015 by robertogreco
School libraries shelve tradition to create new learning spaces | Teacher Network | The Guardian
"You might think technology would spell the end of books and libraries. But many schools have embraced the digital revolution and built innovative spaces that foster a love of literature"

[See also: “Inspirational school libraries from around the world – gallery
From a story garden in Cornwall to hexagonal towers in Los Angeles, we look at inventive spaces designed to get children excited about books
• School libraries shelve tradition to create new learning spaces” ]
libraries  schools  schooldesign  architecture  interiors  2015  education 
january 2015 by robertogreco
Workspace of: Makeshift Society in NYC | VSCO
"Makeshift Society provides multi-faceted workspaces in both San Francisco and New York City that are geared towards entrepreneurs, creatives, and freelancers. A little while back, we featured Makeshift Society’s San Francisco location on the Journal, which you can view here. Since then, they successfully funded a Kickstarter of $30,000 for seeding a New York coworking space, and just recently, they finished building out the gorgeous 4,000 square foot workspace, which is located in a hundred year old pencil factory in Brooklyn.

For the configuration of their New York workspace, Makeshift Society created an open, airy, and bright layout that utilizes the large warehouse windows and vaulted ceilings. There are plenty of cozy corners, quiet areas, and meeting rooms where members can discuss privately with clients and collaborators. A range of options for membership, from a single day pass up to a full-time, 5 day a week plan, allows for individuals to create a schedule suitable to their needs.

In celebration of the completion of their New York workspace, Makeshift Society is throwing an open house with refreshments, demos, and talks on Wednesday, June 4th from 9am - 6pm. This event is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend the event, make sure to reserve a spot here as spaces are limited.

We were very excited to interview Makeshift Society regarding their beautiful and functional new space. Read on below to learn more about the differences between their New York and San Francisco spaces and the types of creatives they house. All of the wonderful images documenting their simple, inspiring, and warm workspace were taken by Noah Sahady and processed using VSCO Film 04."
makeschiftsociety  nyc  brooklyn  coworking  workplace  design  interiors  lcproject  openstudioproject  2014  via:nicolefenton  furniture  workspace  workspaces 
june 2014 by robertogreco
Carles Enrich inserts plywood box inside renovated Barcelona apartment
"Spanish architect Carles Enrich has inserted a plywood box beneath the vaulted ceilings of an early 20th-century apartment in Barcelona to create a new bathroom and kitchen unit."
architectire  design  plywood  carlesenrich  wood  openstudioproject  lcproject  interiors  barcelona  homes  housing 
may 2014 by robertogreco
indy johar founder of HUB westminster on co-working spaces
"designboom visited architect indy johar in london to learn more about his extensive study into socially driven sustainable urban organization. ‘the intersections of culture and technology have contributed to a mindset of ‘own less, use more‘, he explains, ‘and the concept of ‘ecosystems’ fits the contemporary landscape of work much better than the centralized model of decades past’.

‘we’re effectively going to see the corporate model become the uncorporate model,’ johar predicts, with large companies breaking down into separate but interwoven branches for their physical infrastructure, investment, and learning platforms. as a result, there is a pressing need to open up the office, moving away from divided departments and cubicles and towards what he describes as a ‘fluid mix’ wherein executives, startups, suppliers, and talent makers are all part of a larger ecosystem. as a result, there is a pressing need to open up the office, moving away from divided departments and cubicles and towards what he describes as a ‘fluid mix’ wherein executives, startups, suppliers, and talent makers are all part of a larger ecosystem."

"most HUBs are comprised of three types of environments: collaborative, semi-private, and private.all of them are conceptualized as blank canvases — while they provide basic furniture and necessities, the focus of the space is not on superfluous decoration but rather how people fill it and what they do with their time there. hubbers bring all kinds of personal objects and possessions to make their workspace, even in the sprawling open collaborative areas, feel uniquely theirs; and the HUBs feature creative touches inside and out, whether they’re built to resemble a giant red bus as in singapore or highlight their walls with colorful assemblages designating the HUB locations worldwide. microcosms of the work world in themselves — and thus a prevision of grander changes in society and culture — the HUBs are a perfect place to study human behaviour and watch out for the next trends in office furniture."

"the diversity of new needs means that office furniture manufacturers are also for the first time not restricted to international standards and regulations regarding the precise dimensions and production specifications of chairs and desks, permitting an expanded level of creativity and aesthetic vision. but the enduring effects of the new world of work will extend far beyond that. the design of office furniture and environments is equally shaped by changes within office culture and its increasing emphasis on collaboration and communication."

[video also here: ]
indyjohar  coworking  2014  howwework  lcproject  openstudioproject  sharing  ownershap  hub  community  work  officespaces  offices  interiors  furniture  classroomdesign  design  architecture  organizations  officeculture  flexibility  ecosystems  place  thirdspaces  communitymanagement  uncorporate  infrastructure  platforms 
january 2014 by robertogreco
A Kickstarter for co-working space Makeshift Society raises questions about what we freelancers need to be productive.: Observatory: Design Observer
"Rena Tom and Bryan Boyer have been thinking about how freelancers work, personally and professionally, for much of their careers. Rena owned and operated the cult design store and gallery Rare Device, and has also worked as a designer of jewelry, stationery and web pages. Bryan, trained as an architect, was most recently Strategic Design Lead at Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund. Among his projects there was Brickstarter, about which I wrote here. But rather than industrial design machines like cubicles, cases or office landscapes, they've created an idiosyncratic place to which freelancers can bring their laptops, headphones, and caffienated beverages. A space in which, they hope to create a sense of community and strenth in numbers.

In September 2012, Tom opened Makeshift Society in San Francisco. The society is,
an organization that fosters creativity, collaboration and community through a coworking space/clubhouse, innovative programming, and support for freelancers and small business owners. We want to enable everyone to make, learn, teach, and think.
Now they are bringing that model to Brooklyn, in a larger space in Williamsburg. They have the money to build it out, but they are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to create a creative tool lending library for that space. New York apartments make it hard to store, and use, the books, materials and equipment one needs once and a while.

In the Q&A below, Rena and Bryan talk about their lessons learned about workspace, community, and how to develop a business out of your own needs."

"Makeshift was at first just going to be a lending library for design books, and I’d split the rent with a couple friends Victoria Smith (sfgirlbybay blogger) and Suzanne Shade (creative director/muse at Minted) and eventually it turned into what it is today."

"As a place, we focus on having a diversity of micro-environments that suit our members at different times and in different moods. Even though SF is not quite 1000 square feet we have bright corners and darker ones, work desks and softer spots like sofas, seats for up to 20 and even a nap loft if someone needs down time. Despite making claims of freeing their members from the corporate grind, a number of the coworking spaces we saw when doing research for Makeshift look rather like a nicely appointed corporate office."

"Fast internet, WiFi, and copious power outlets are the starting point. A printer helps. We’ve thought about adding a fax machine in NYC because it’s the sort of thing that you use very seldomly, but when you do it’s often the only option and finding one can be so annoying.

The qualities of the space are the more important amenities, really. Things like an easily-accessible location; a nice, calm, well-designed environment; great daylight. These relate to aspects of the community as well: being able to leave your things around while you step out for a bit saves a lot of the hassle that one endures when working as a constant guest. Being surrounded by people who are working as hard as you are helps create a contagious sense of motivation. And being in a place where your peers are working on interesting things is critical."

"As you think about opening the Brooklyn space, what are you designing differently?

RT: I have a feeling that Brooklyn members will more results-oriented than the San Francisco crew, or at least they are in a greater hurry to get there! We’ll accommodate that with tighter programming (events and classes), but we also want to import some of the West coast vibe, which has a somewhat longer-term and broader definition of “results”, along with acting in a mutually beneficial manner. (Adam Grant’s book Give and Take has quite a bit more to say about that.) We want to show that flipping roles and being a teacher sometimes and a student other times is extremely valuable.

One of the ways that this will be expressed architecturally is a very slight emphasis on the more traditional studio model. In SF we do not have dedicated desks, but in NYC we will. In SF we have one small conference room, in NYC we’ll have one small room for focused discussion as well as one larger room for presentations, and a number of phone booths.

BB: I also want to mention something that’s not going to change in BK. We’re making a commitment in this location to having an open workspace, so you will not see any miniature glass cubicles. We’re going to keep BK as open as possible, just like SF."

"How do you see your spaces as interacting with the cities and neighborhoods around them?

We’re deliberately choosing neighborhoods that are lively, with bubbling street life and a significant number of local residents. Makeshift Society works best on the ground floor where big windows encourage passers-by to enter, and where the view of the street provides visual stimulation for our members.

Most of the SV companies you’ve written about start from the premise that they need to protect their secrets and capture 100% of their workers’ intellectual capital, which has the effect of turning them inwards as closed campuses where every idea has a whiteboard to land on, and every door secured by a keycard. The city itself is humanity’s best engine for connections and inspiration, but again and again we see corporations recreate a sanitized, interior version of a city all for themselves. The city-within-a-city architectural strategy becomes irrelevant or even counter-productive if you’re not constrained by the same IP concerns.

Makeshift has the freedom to embed ourselves in the existing networks of the city itself, and to benefit from the actual, spectacular diversity that’s already there. We don’t need to have our own privatized transportation system, we need to be located near public transit like the subway and citibike; we don’t need to go through the gymnastics of creating ‘interior streets’ or plazas. We have a real street right outside our windows!"
workspaces  makeshifsociety  bryanboyer  renatom  howwework  openstudioproject  classroomdesign  schooldesign  interiors  alexandralange  2013  coworking  community  lighting  openspaces  tcsnmy  cv  lcproject  workspace 
october 2013 by robertogreco
Honor and Folly
"A small-scale, design-focused Detroit inn, Honor & Folly is reminiscent of the way folks used to travel: a few beds above the village pub or restaurant with a hearty breakfast. You'll be immersed in the oldest neighborhood of Detroit - smack in the middle of one of the most thriving blocks in the city. You'll sit next to locals at the bar downstairs—or the coffee shop—and learn about the city from people who live here. Detroiters are a pretty friendly lot.

There's plenty to absorb inside, too. Decorated with Detroit and Midwest-made goods (much of which is also for sale), the space tells a story about the designers, artists and artisans who helped bring it to life."
history  interiors  materials  travel  lcproject  honorandfolley  openstudioproject  glvo  srg  detroit  lodging  hotels  cafes  via:robinsloan  b&b 
september 2012 by robertogreco
"We did it! With the loving support from our friends, family, and community, Yoko and I have opened Umami Mart, a retail shop in Oakland, CA, specializing in kitchen + barware from Japan.

The idea for starting a brick-and-mortar shop really derived from necessity. We had been running our online shop for nearly two years, and the inventory was eating up Yoko’s apartment, ie her life. I’d walk into her place and there were boxes everywhere, packaging products, human-size rolls of bubble wrap — the entire online shop resided in every nook and cranny of her apartment. She was about to lose it (Skylar style). It was time for some breathing room."

"For Umami Mart, he [Anders Arhøj] envisioned a bright space where Shinto meets Scandinavian minimalism. He designed all the furniture, logos, graphics — everything."

"We created this space on a shoe-string budget of $10k, using mostly birch plywood."
joeperez-green  devinfarrell  manuallabor  hamaya  andersarhøj  popuphood  japan  kitchen  design  art  food  japanese  bayarea  oakland  cafes  openstudioproject  interiors  plywood  lcproject  glvo  srg  retailspace  retail  2012  umamimart 
september 2012 by robertogreco
Fixed gear habitats
"If you don’t have the luxury of a garage, finding adequate bike storage can be a bit of a challenge. Over the years my bikes have been moved from one location to another more often than displaced refugees. Some people give their bikes pride of place in their living rooms, while others tuck them away out of sight. This new project called SPIN by photographer Ben Roberts, showcases some of London’s unique fixed gear bikes in their own habitats."
interiors  bikes  biking  studios  glvo  furniture 
september 2011 by robertogreco
New Ways of Designing the Modern Workspace -
"Adjustable desks, foldout benches & louvered shades have their place but…furniture is not the problem…But in the same way that bamboo floors, hybrid SUVs and eco-couture haven’t done much to curb carbon emissions, designing (& buying) more stuff for offices, no matter how sleek or sustainable it is, likely won’t help reset the culture of work.

Design itself is the problem because it is being used to solve the wrong ones…has to expand beyond noodling with the cubicle. I’m willing to bet that almost any office worker would happily swap Webcam lighting…for solutions to more pressing work issues like…burnout or fear of losing health coverage…

Two other factors often undervalued (and often ignored) in the workplace? Family and time…

We shouldn’t be rethinking the cubicle or corner office but rather rethinking all aspects of work…"
psychology  work  design  officedesign  allisonarieff  cubicles  classrooms  schooldesign  sustainability  productivity  life  families  parenting  time  workplace  workspace  nathanshedroff  furniture  homes  housing  babysitting  childcare  flexibility  coworking  efficiency  yiconglu  serbanionescu  jimdreilein  justinsmith  theminerandmajorproject  architecture  interiors  interiordesign  environmentaldesign  environment  broodwork  florianidenburg  jingliu  commonground  eames  froebel  kindergarten  andrewberardini  larrysummers  rachelbotsman  creativity  innovation  2011  autonomy  learning  workspaces  classroom  friedrichfroebel 
july 2011 by robertogreco
HOME : WHERE THEY CREATE by paul barbera
"My name is Paul Barbera. I am an interior based photographer - As I travel for assignments, I look up artists & creatives. This is a visual document of their creative environments."
photography  creativity  howwework  studios  openstudio  work  via:lizettegreco  design  interiors 
february 2011 by robertogreco
feelgood designs
"Please download the latest flash player to via the header.

feelgood designs is a company defined by the principle that good design can have a profound influence on child development, learning and the quality of play.

We supply contemporary furniture to create beautiful and stimulating environments for children.

Our products are one outcome of the children, spaces, relations research project (Reggio Children, Domus Academy, 1998), made in Italy, and the result of ongoing collaboration between designers, architects and the world-renowned schools at Reggio Emilia.

As part of PLAY+projects, we can design and install bespoke equipment for children to your specifications, and provide specialist interiors and architecture services for education and public space projects."
education  design  children  modular  furniture  parenting  space  play  schooldesign  architecture  interiors 
february 2010 by robertogreco
The Future of the Bank Branch - Bank Technology News
"some banks have pushed unconventional branch design even further-so far that actual transactions aren’t even possible; the sole goal is relationship building. ING Direct is an online bank, but management realized the bank needed some physical presence to reassure the public the bank was more than a billboard. So execs devised the ING café, which look like Starbucks; people can go have coffee, smoothies, use a free-wireless connection, and learn about ING if they choose. But the eight “branches” have no transactional ability whatsoever; people still must sign up and do transactions online. For example, the ING café in Chicago had “Bike to Work Week Specials” in mid-June. “Every bicyclist that rides to the ING DIRECT Café during Bike to Work Week will be treated to a free bike valet, beverage and tune up. While you’re there, ask a Café Associate about other simple ways to save your money.”" [via:]
banks  interiors  thirdplaces  lcproject  banking  applestore  ing  wamu  chase  design 
august 2009 by robertogreco
"IdeaPaint turns virtually anything you can paint into a high-performance dry-erase surface, giving you the space you need to collaborate, interact and fully explore your creativity. No matter where you use it, big ideas follow."
interiors  paint  work  creativity  whiteboard  interiordesign  design  office  tcsnmy 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Die Baupiloten
"Susanne Hofmann’s intention in founding the Baupiloten in June 2003 was to give fourth and fifth year architecture students practical experience on architectural projects and to teach them the skills to develop and realise a design.

In spring 2004 the TU Berlin chose to use the Baupiloten-course as part of Studienreformprojekt – the attempt to reform some of the teaching programme in the faculty. During the next two years the architect – since January2005 supported by architect Martin Janekovic – has been given the brief toestablish a design studio which brings together theory and practice, whichthen – provided it is successful – should be integrated into theregular teaching programme."

[various school design projects and this: ]
education  design  children  germany  architects  schooldesign  architecture  furniture  portfolios  lcproject  tcsnmy  participatory  interiors 
june 2009 by robertogreco
waskman and culdesac studio: vodafone mobile home
"waskman design studio, with creative space culdesac, developed a mobile home for
vodafone to promote its fixed phone and internet wireless service. the home is currently
occupied by blogger marcos morales and his family (wife and two children) who have taken it on vacation while traveling through spain. for those interested in tracking the morales' journey, go to to see the different towns and cities they are visiting.

the structure is made of white polyethylene panels and transparent polycarbonate.
its mobility comes from being towed by a patrol four-wheel-drive vehicle. the moving space is 6 meters in length, has a width of 2.5 meters and stands at 3.85 meters high,
divided between two floors. it has a modernized interior which is organized like a loft
with an open bedroom upstairs on the home's second floor."
homes  housing  mobile  mobility  small  travel  neo-nomads  nomads  design  interiors  architecture 
june 2009 by robertogreco
die baupiloten: erika mann elementary school II
"berlin based susanne hoffmann architects created the 'die baupiloten' program to design innovative school environments. the erika mann elementary school II is one of their latest projects, designed in collaboration with the school’s students. the concept involves an imaginary landscape for the fictitious silver dragon.
around this theme the architects create a playful environment that is realized in different areas of the school.

the upper floor features a modular seating system with ‘fire claws’ called ‘the snuffle of the silver dragon’. below, the ‘chill room’ features a landscape of seating pedestals surrounded by petals and the second story features the ‘snuffle garden’ complete with horizontal and slopped surface for sitting and playing. the landscapes provide the children with unusual environments to play and stimulate their creativity."
architecture  design  interiors  schools  schooldesign  tcsnmy  lcproject  play 
june 2009 by robertogreco
The Mid-Century Modernist: “The Incredibles” Mid-Century Ideal
"The home of Bob and Helen Parr in “The Incredibles” is one of the finest examples of mid-century modernism in all of animated cinema. Thanks to Pixar’s skilled artists and miraculous CGI, every detail in the architecture to the furniture to the decor can be an idealized depiction of an American suburban residence in the ’60s. Cheers to production designer Lou Romano and art director Ralph Eggleston for giving fans of this style so much eye candy."
via:cityofsound  pixar  theincredibles  design  architecture  modernism  homes  interiors  animation  film 
june 2009 by robertogreco
How Room Designs Affect Your Work and Mood: Scientific American
"Scientists are unearthing tantalizing clues about how to design spaces that promote creativity, keep students focused and alert, and lead to relaxation and social intimacy. The results inform architectural and design decisions such as the height of ceilings, the view from windows, the shape of furniture, and the type and intensity of lighting." ... "school design can account for between 10 and 15 percent of variation in elementary school students’ scores on a standardized test of reading and math skills, suggests a 2001 report by investigators at the University of Georgia"
salkinstitute  lajolla  sandiego  learning  environment  architecture  design  interiors  tcsnmy  lcproject  education  schooldesign 
may 2009 by robertogreco
On Location - One Room Configured 24 Ways -
"This room — the “maximum kitchen,” he calls it — and the “video game room” he was sitting in minutes before are just 2 of at least 24 different layouts that Mr. Chang, an architect, can impose on his 344-square-foot apartment, which he renovated last year. What appears to be an open-plan studio actually contains many rooms, because of sliding wall units, fold-down tables and chairs, and the habitual kinesis of a resident in a small space. As Mr. Chang put it, “I glide around.""
homes  architecture  space  design  interiors  hongkong  small  adaptability 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Apartment Therapy New York | Inside Out: Max and Sara Kate's Small Really is Cool!
"Maxwell and Sara Kate are extreme when it comes to limiting their accumulation of stuff so they don't waste time figuring out where to put things. Because they know that they own only what they need, the focus of living then switches to actively choosing beautiful pieces with which to adorn their home." 265 sqft home
nyc  interiors  homes  housing  small  apartmenttherapy  design  living  tiny  simplicity 
october 2008 by robertogreco
The Reinvention Centre at Westwood
"The Reinvention Centre at Westwood is a classroom facility on The University of Warwick's Westwood campus which was designed and refurbished by the Reinvention Centre in 2006.

The space is designed to deal with the complexity of the teaching situation in a way that does not reduce teaching to pre-ordained formats.

The space is designed to facilitate research-based learning. The space encourages interaction between teacher and student. The furniture is easy to move around the room so that the shape and purpose of the space can be transformed easily and quickly, producing an atmosphere of creativity and innovation."
via:grahamje  schools  schooldesign  lcproject  tcsnmy  classrooms  pedagogy  teaching  learning  design  architecture  interiors  environment  space  creativity  classroom 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Is 190 Bowery the Greatest Real-Estate Coup of All Time? -- New York Magazine
"The building at 190 Bowery is a mystery: a graffiti-covered Gilded Age relic, with a beat-up wooden door that looks like it hasn’t been opened since La Guardia was mayor. A few years ago, that described a lot of the neighborhood, but with the Bowery Hotel and the New Museum, the Rogan and John Varvatos boutiques, 190 is now an anomaly, not the norm. Why isn’t some developer turning it into luxury condos? Because Jay Maisel, the photographer who bought it 42 years ago for $102,000, still lives there, with his wife, Linda Adam Maisel, and daughter, Amanda. It isn’t a decrepit ruin; 190 Bowery is a six-story, 72-room, 35,000-square-foot (depending on how you measure) single-family home."
nyc  housing  homes  excess  art  architecture  design  photography  realestate  interiors 
september 2008 by robertogreco
The Next Starbucks [see the final design on page 3]
"Merging the concept of the flexible, shared workspace with that of communal dining creates a new “third place,” a community kitchen. Anchored by a 60-foot-long wooden harvest table, a kit of parts serving different functions can be freely arranged wherever the user sees fit. The configuration of the pieces as well as the length of the table can be customized, depending on the conditions of the store. Diverse spaces are created along the table’s length; some are highly interactive while others, such as the side tables, provide more privacy. This versatile modular system can also adapt to special functions that may happen inside the store. Its components easily detach and roll around in order to accommodate poetry readings or other large gatherings."
thirdplaces  starbucks  interiors  design  architecture  work  workplace  community  communitycenters  lcproject  urbanism  nomads  neo-nomads 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Dezeen » Blog Archive » Chatou by h2o architectes
"The aim of the project was to provide a private space for a teenager looking for his independence. Therefore, the program includes elements necessary for an autonomous life including sleeping, living, studying and washing. It had been decided between the
homes  interiors  design  architecture  furniture 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Lullatone HQ (ララトーンち) - a set on Flickr
"Recently we designed and built a house. Let's take a tour of the new Lullatone HQ!"
japan  japanese  music  homes  design  interiors  architecture  art  glvo  lullatone  experimental 
july 2008 by robertogreco
"Lullatone makes simple art and music and animations and books and movies and food and and and and.... " "Yoshimi didn’t know she was an artist at first. She also didn’t know she was a singer, or a lot of other things"
japan  japanese  music  homes  design  interiors  architecture  art  lullatone  experimental  unschooling  deschooling  autodidacts  glvo  artists  video  illustration 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Resource: Mydeco - Dwell Blog - []
"Mydeco is a website where you can upload a photo of a room and digitally decorate it using a searchable database of products (you can also specify the dimensions of a room and start from scratch)."
interiors  design  furniture  homes  tools  onlinetoolkit 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Light Shelves | Live Building
"Light shelves direct the incoming light upwards towards the ceiling, which reflects it back down into the room. This also stops light from glaring on workspaces."
design  light  lighting  sun  via:migurski  schooldesign  offices  workplace  interiors  windows 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Noticed: Indoor Shed - Dwell Blog -
"Now come signs that the shed is moving indoors. Dan Hisel, an architect in Lynn Mass., has built what he calls the Z-Box, a form of “furnitecture” with a bed, shelves, and closet inside a wide-open loft."
homes  housing  design  interiors  architecture  lofts  furniture 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Bionic Office - Joel on Software
"There's a lot of evidence that the right kind of office space can improve programmer productivity, especially private offices...Private offices with doors that close were absolutely required and not open to negotiation."
officedesign  offices  psychology  workplace  workspace  work  coworking  architecture  interiors  productivity  programming  furniture  management  workspaces 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Web 2.0 workplaces [PICS] - UADDit
"Web 2.0 is special. And so are the places that make it happen. Here's how the offices of web 2.0 companies look like. I've also added descriptions to each site in case you've been living in a bubble and don't know what they do."
web2.0  workplace  workspace  productivity  space  design  work  flickr  twitter  lastfm  digg  linkedin  offices  photography  business  facebook  ethnography  interiors  geek  furniture  craigslist  mozilla  joost  jaiku  netvibes  reddit  workspaces 
january 2008 by robertogreco
oobject » items to build an apple store
"If you want to re-model your home in the style of an Apple store, here are links to the suppliers of the actual items they use."
apple  architecture  design  interiors  furniture  retail  lcproject 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Inside Apple Stores, a Certain Aura Enchants the Faithful - New York Times
"encourage a lot of purchasing, but also lingering, with dozens of fully functioning computers, iPods, iPhones for visitors to try — for hours on end...policy has given some stores, especially those in urban neighborhoods, the feel of a community center
apple  retail  lcproject  design  interiors  experience  space  community  services  computers  gamechanging 
december 2007 by robertogreco
the Iaakuza chronicles: iK News | "I want to erase architecture" (Kengo Kuma)
"When Kuma saw the Palazzo della Ragione for the first time, he imagined carps swimming in the air: flying fishes are the methaphor for architecture interpreted as a continuity of experience, rather than static."
architecture  japan  kengokuma  interiors  installation  design  fabric 
december 2007 by robertogreco
see: page 1 - kitchen lite, south beach suite; page 2 - a saturday with bibi, spring is in the..., cinema oriental, shanghai chairs, ship's log; page 3 - salvador fashion, another kind of tree, chinese spring, portocabin, room 17
design  interiors  fashion  photography  studio  art  storytelling  glvo  color  stylists  frankvisser 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Solution: Loft Divider - Dwell Blog -
"a young Brooklyn design firm, addressed the couple’s needs by creating large scale furniture from Baltic birch plywood that provided storage and doubled as a room divider."
homes  housing  interiors  architecture  design 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Open (finds, minds, conversations)...: St Pancras: Longest geek bar in the world (well, UK train stations)
"I was hugely impressed by what has to be the first transport hub in the UK I've seen that's been designed for the needs of the laptop age, to wit a very, very long bar with stools and loads of power sockets in European and UK formats."
design  interiors  technology  laptops 
november 2007 by robertogreco
assistant Co.,Ltd. - international and interdisciplinary design practice
see: Tremors were Forever: Remember Le Corbusier; Happy City: happy map of Tokyo; and Survival City (among others)
art  design  japan  architecture  megumimatsubara  tokyo  graphics  webdesign  interiors  webdev 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Researchers find ceiling height can affect how a person thinks, feels and acts
"in space with 10-foot ceiling, they will tend to think more freely, more abstractly...might process more abstract connections between objects in a room, whereas a person in a room with an 8-foot ceiling will be more likely to focus on specifics."
interiors  design  psychology  thinking  behavior  architecture  environment  society  space  workplace  lcproject  schooldesign  offices  creativity  via:preoccupations 
november 2007 by robertogreco
This Ain’t No Disco
"This Ain’t No Disco {it’s where we work} invites Agencies from across the world to show us their inner sanctum and like Pandora’s Box, once you look inside nothing will ever be the same again."
advertising  architecture  spaces  studio  creativity  workspace  work  interiors  interactive  lcproject  photography  offices  design  agencies  workspaces 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Growing Up Camper
"Wholesome yet idiosyncratic, Camper seems to be achieving a tricky balance between self-righteousness and self-deprecation."
camper  design  business  sustainability  campana  interiors  retail  shopping  shoes 
october 2007 by robertogreco
radi designers
rubber stamp darts and gun for decorating wallpaper
design  wallpaper  interiors  toys  guns  insects 
october 2007 by robertogreco
San Francisco's Hotel Tomo Jacks Into Japanese Culture
"The Best Western brand typically evokes two thoughts: boring and budget. But not in Japantown. The former Best Western Miyako Inn opened its newly etched glass doors in June as the Best Western Hotel Tomo, a haven for Japanese culture fanatics and videog
culture  hotels  japanese  japan  sanfrancisco  design  interiors 
september 2007 by robertogreco - May 2007
"A Is for Adaptable Today’s most progressive school designs put the stress on flexibility. by Thomas de Monchaux"
schools  schooldesign  architecture  interiors  progressive  education  learning  lcproject 
august 2007 by robertogreco
This Ain’t No Disco
"This Ain’t No Disco {it’s where we work} invites Agencies from across the world to show us their inner sanctum and like Pandora’s Box, once you look inside nothing will ever be the same again."
design  creative  space  howwework  work  studio  interiors  offices  agency  schooldesign 
june 2007 by robertogreco
PPP [Pink Prank Project]
"Our friend Jacob who is a bit artsy went to New York for a week. We got hold of his keys and turned his messy flat into an art installation."
art  color  fun  furniture  humor  interiors  sweden  pranks 
may 2007 by robertogreco
New National Office for Arts Council England
"Conceived as collection of facts and ideas, the site is intended to provide a brief history of the office as a specialised building type and to be a kind of manual that provides a vocabulary of words and concepts ... to de-mystify the parameters of offic
design  offices  work  interiors  architecture  organizations  communication  lcproject  schooldesign  reference 
february 2007 by robertogreco
Curbly | DIY Design Community
"Make Your Home a Better Place. Post pictures of your pad, share design ideas, and get expert advice."
design  housing  homes  layout  interiors  howto  furniture  community  projects  hacks  inspiration  modern 
november 2006 by robertogreco
Seoul: Until Now! - Emil Goh
"His currently most ambitious project is on the particular Internet culture in Korea relating to the “Cyworlds” that are created on a number of web-pages. Here young (and not-so-young) Koreans create their own Internet blogs, where they establish alte
art  interesting  life  design  society  culture  technology  urban  korea  cyberspace  pixelart  photography  social  socialsoftware  homes  space  living  interiors  architecture 
october 2006 by robertogreco
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