Ineke Hans Salon

25 mei

XL-salon #1-2: The domestification of the workspace

Speakers: Jorre van Ast (arco) & Pearson Lloyd, moderator: Johanna Agerman Ross

Dutch company Arco has its roots in furniture for the home, but increasingly provides furniture for work environments. Recently they even became supplier for Apple's new headquarters. London studio PearsonLloyd developed a strong design portfolio of workplace products for a.o. Bene, Howe and Walter Knoll, and is a specialist in the field that shifted to more domestic settings.Johanna Agerman Ross will speak with Luke Pearson and Jorre van Ast, designer and director of Arco about the domestification of the office.

Date: 25 May
Venue: Goldsmiths' Centre, 42 Britton Street Clerkenwell, London
Doors open for breakfasts and coffees: 9.00 am
Salon conversations: 9:30-10:30 am



On CDW UK-NL salons:
Work and the workplace has changed a lot in the past 30 years. The traditional swivel chair and filing cabinet have long gone, the filing cabinets are in our computers and the workspace has grown more domestic. Offices are open and have become islands for logging in and out. We increasingly work from trains, cafes, lounges, lobbies and our homes.
What impact does that have on furniture, furniture production, typologies and needs? How do designers and how does the design industry deal with this? Are the traditional contract and domestic companies equipped to deal with these changes or do we need a different approach?

In the past years the Dutch and the British both developed new concepts for work environments. UK designers often seem to work with leading contract companies on new office programs for future offices. Traditionally the Dutch approach seems to be more self initiated, conceptual and experimental. But are these observations right? Are there differences and similarities in thoughts and goals. Are we all asking and looking at the same questions and can we solve some? These are some of the issues to be touched in the upcoming CDW conversations on 'furniture and work environments'.

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