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Workplaces fit for the 21st century

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As MAISON&OBJET 2019 puts the spotlight on how the workplace is evolving and changing, like the people using them, we focus on those who are designing the new breed of workspace. Here's a collection of some of the recent stand-out schemes that have caught our eye.

Summit House

Location: London, Uk.

Designed by: Note Design Studio for The Office Group

Completed: Summer 2019

In three words: Elegant, authentic, considered.

The stunning co-working space, Summit House in London. Designed Note Design Studio for The Office Group. Photography by Michael Sinclair.
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The stunning co-working space, Summit House in London. Designed Note Design Studio for The Office Group. Photography by Michael Sinclair.

Note Design Studio have just put the finishing touches on Summit House, the latest Co-working offering in London for The Office Group. The sophisticated and calming scheme which they've created is befitting of the heritage of the building. Keen to be sympathetic to the Grade II status of this 1925 icon, their inspiration came from Swedish Grace, a design style popular within the same era as its construction.

Soft caramel tones pair up against sage and forest greens, alongside a custom-made terrazzo floor lined with furniture that celebrates natural fabrics and materials. The 45,000 sq ft of floor space is spread across four floors offering a wide variety of flexible working options. With a dedication to the notion of workplace wellness, Summit House plays host to TOG's first recharge room- minimalist in design with pale walls, natural sisal carpet and moveable furniture, the focus falls on the central light show which is proven to enhance both physical and psychological wellbeing.

The importance of greenery showcased by Note Design Studio in The Office Group's latest co-working space, Summit House in London. Photography by Michael Sinclair.
The importance of greenery showcased by Note Design Studio in The Office Group's latest co-working space, Summit House in London. Photography by Michael Sinclair.


Warszawski UL

Location: Warsaw, Poland.

Designed by: Beza Projekt Studio for Warszawski UL

Completed: 2019

In three words: Totally Mad Men

The concept of a Mad Men inspired office bought to life by Beza Projekt Studio. Photography courtesy of Beza Projekt Studio.
The concept of a Mad Men inspired office bought to life by Beza Projekt Studio. Photography courtesy of Beza Projekt Studio.

Talk about working from home, this inviting co-working space created by Beza Projekt was previously a residential apartment. "The owners wanted to transform the flat into a cosy and elegant workplace, in which a moody interior would rule the roost." Inspired by the infamous Don Draper, and Mad Men set in which he walked the halls, this rich colour scheme has achieved its goal.

Divided into four private offices, a conference room, eat-in kitchen and bathroom, the space is well-considered and private, with doors to each workspace discreetly blending into the rosewood panelling which lines the corridors.

Rosewood panelling with brass accents adds a sense of sophisticated luxury to this very private co-working space by Beza Projekt.
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Rosewood panelling with brass accents adds a sense of sophisticated luxury to this very private co-working space by Beza Projekt.


Unova

Location: Shenzhen, China.

Designed by: X+ Living

Completed: 2018

In three words: Playful, energetic, exciting.

The Unova co-working space is like an adult-friendly playground, come very sophisticated office designed by X+Living. Photography by Shao Feng, Zhou Yuqiang and Hu Yijie.
The Unova co-working space is like an adult-friendly playground, come very sophisticated office designed by X+Living. Photography by Shao Feng, Zhou Yuqiang and Hu Yijie.

Ever heard the time-old phrase, work-hard-play-hard? Unova, a co-working space created by X+Living in Shenzhen, is out of this world. Designed to cater for multiple companies to enjoy simultaneously, each of the four floors has an individual personality.

With that comes a variety of working areas, and break-out spaces, just not as you may have seen before- such as a ball pit which doubles as a meeting room. There are also elements of gym equipment utilised as furniture, to convey the idea balancing work and wellbeing, a hotly discussed topic at M&O 2019.

Gym like equipment encourages employees to remember their health as well as their work. Unova designed by X+Living and photographed by Shao Feng, Zhou Yuqiang and Hu Yijie.
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Gym like equipment encourages employees to remember their health as well as their work. Unova designed by X+Living and photographed by Shao Feng, Zhou Yuqiang and Hu Yijie.


The Nest

Location: Warsaw, Poland.

Designed by: Beza Projekt Studio

Completed: 2018

In three words: Suave, bold, invigorating.

The Nest's bold colour palette and marble wallpaper covered pillars blend the buildings use between workspace and members club. Designed by Beza Projekt Studio in Warsaw, photographed by Jacek Kołodziejski.
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The Nest's bold colour palette and marble wallpaper covered pillars blend the buildings use between workspace and members club. Designed by Beza Projekt Studio in Warsaw, photographed by Jacek Kołodziejski.

The Nest by Beza Projekt is a brilliant example of a workplace that teeters on the edge of workspace and members club. The luxurious finishes, bold colour palette and fabrication of structural elements, such as pillars wrapped in marbled wallpaper made by Kasia Korzeniecka, ensure this co-working space is both relaxing and invigorating.

Having paired bespoke furniture options that can flex as needs arise, with curated contemporary office furniture, gives the space a distinctive aesthetic. The scheme strikes a great balance between functional workspaces, meeting areas and relaxation zones, it's all about an excellent work-life balance after-all.

Dedicated spaces for both work and relaxation gives the design and the employees using it a more balanced working approach. Designed by Beza Projekt Studio and photographed by Jacek Kołodziejski.
Dedicated spaces for both work and relaxation gives the design and the employees using it a more balanced working approach. Designed by Beza Projekt Studio and photographed by Jacek Kołodziejski.

You can read more about the changing landscape of workplace real estate here, with commentary from Dara Huang Founder of Design Haus Liberty, Charlie Green Co-CEO of The Office Group and Rajdeep Gahir Co-founder and CEO of Vivahouse.

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