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Brief Published: 8 Nov 2018

Best Office Innovations from Dutch Design Week 2018

Geoffrey Pascal

At this year’s Dutch Design Week (October 20-28), designers considered how furniture can support users’ bodies and mental states to improve the experience of being within an office environment. We unpack our favourite examples.

Dutch designer Angela Willemsen explored how the shape of a room can affect one’s experience of space. Her curved room dividers, made from metal grids, sit in the corner of a room and soften the impression of space, evoking a sense of comfort and security.

Eindhoven-based Studio Joachim-Morineau created Séole, a heating and ventilation system featuring two large round discs perched on long poles that protrude from a weighted base. One disc radiates heat, while the other rotates to create a wind stream for cooling. The design creates a micro climate, letting users adjust heating and cooling effects to suit their individual preferences.

French designer Geoffrey Pascal created an ergonomic modular seating collection that enables users to work comfortably without a desk. The upholstered seating positions the body in poses that mimic those adopted when working from bed, with work placed on a cushion or their lap. Pascal used Nasa’s neutral body posture – identified as the ideal position for rest and concentration – as a guide to ensure that each seat evenly distributes muscle weight.

For more on how design is adapting to changing attitudes in professional environments, see Blueprint for a Better Workplace. See also our full coverage from this year’s Dutch Design Week.

L-R: Studio Joachim-Morineau, Angela Willemsen