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Beyond the playful workplace

The past decade has seen a rise in the concept of the playful workplace. Inspired, amongst others, by Google’s unique and unconventional culture, it’s not uncommon to see shipping containers, climbing walls, caravans and even pirate ships vying for space with the photocopier and filing cabinet. It seems it isn’t enough to have staircases in offices these days, we need a helter-skelter slide or fireman’s pole to transport our giggling employees from floor to floor. But do these seemingly frivolous additions to the workplace have a benefit beyond that of attracting and retaining a happy workforce? (more…)

Workplace for a younger generation

Workplaces for a new generation

It’s always been a challenge for organisations to embed the shared values and behaviours that embody and define the brand, but a recent report by the Chief Marketing Officer Council has highlighted just how important this is for attracting and retaining younger employees.

The millennial generation (I hate that term), those born between 1990 and 2000 and now entering the job market will shape the world of work for years to come. For employers, attracting and retaining the best of these workers is crucial to the future of the organisation. After all, it’s their attitude to work, career aspiration and knowledge of emerging technology that will define the culture of the workplace in the 21st century. (more…)

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A place for identity

For much of my life I have lived in, or close to, the city of Southampton. As a kid growing up in the 70’s and 80’s we lived just a short ferry ride from the city centre – close enough for the sound of the foghorns to rattle our windows whenever the sea mist rolled in. I still live close by. It’s a place that I feel I know pretty well and it’s a place that has a lot going for it. (more…)

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No more white walls please!

In fact, no more walls at all, thanks… not how we currently know them at least.

It really is the end of those narrow corridors, identical desks and chairs in their hundreds in dull, uninspiring spaces with low ceilings and lights that turn you into a zombie by midday. Goodbye to those rigid, so called ‘formal’ meeting rooms, tiny kitchens and limited social spaces.

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United Visual Artists: Momentum

United Visual Artists’ ‘Momentum’ project comprises a series of 12 objects that slowly oscillate in the dark void of the Barbican Curve Gallery’s space. The installation is based on the idea of Foucault’s pendulum, an instrument designed to visualise invisible forces, such as the Earth’s rotation.

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The end of the road for the classic VW Camper Van

Earlier in the year we designed a Ben & Jerry’s branded Camper Van for Unilever, so it was a sad day yesterday when I heard that after 63 years of happy camping, this iconic vehicle has been read it’s last rites. Brazil is the last country to still make the VW Camper Van, but the introduction of new safety regulations means production will have to stop at the end of the year.

A design classic synonymous with the hippy culture of the 60’s and early 70’s it was cool enough to feature on the cover of Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. Owners would often repaint them in bright primary colours, others with psychedelic flower patterns.

Check out Camper Blog which has is a great collection of retro Camper Van ads over the past 60 years.

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Happy Rain

We had lots of fun implementing the decor I’ve designed for our daughter’s nursery. I’ve always adored handcrafted things that are made with care and I want Frida to appreciate them too when she grows up. Each piece is hand-sawn plywood, treated with bio oil and hung a few centimeters away from the wall that creates a nice depth with the shadows… (more…)

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