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Technocrats make the world a duller place
The office, just a little different

News & Stories | Orgatec 2012

Why the office is what it is

by Mathias Remmele

Why the office is what it is
Cell offices and cubicles are considered negative examples of office design. The era of what we would today regard as the human office started with the “Citizen Office”. Concepts such as the “Net'n'Nest” symbolize the attempt to combine networking and concentrated work. So will we in future work in a kind of adventure playground for adults?
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News & Stories | Orgatec 2012

How the office became what it is today

by Mathias Remmele

How the office became what it is today
Are you still living or already working? Since the launch of the Internet we are not only available more or less everywhere online, but the line dividing work and living has become increasingly blurred. At least in some areas. Moreover, fixed office and work structures are increasingly dissolving. What does this mean for the contemporary office? How has it developed? Its history holds the one or other surprise in store.
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News & Stories | Orgatec 2012

Changing the way we see the world

by Thomas Wagner

Changing the way we see the world
Office furniture trade fairs are more than just a guide to new interiors, they’re social labs. In times such as these, when the world of work is changing super-fast, they promise to offer exciting insights into the changed mind-set. Some thoughts prior to Orgatec 2012.

News & Stories | Product typologies

A chair for 40 hours

by Mathias Remmele

A chair for 40 hours
We hardly spend as much time anywhere else as on our office chair, other than in bed that is. Only logical that the chair should help us sit comfortably and healthily. That goal may sound simple, but finding the right solution remains a challenge to this day.
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Work wherever you want!<br>Office worlds 2010 – part 1: of citizens, territories and islands
You will search in vain for a new paradigm or new typologies of work at the Orgatec 2010. Instead, people are busy working away at furniture systems that enable the temporary privacy of retreat in the midst of the open field of omnipresent communication.
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Selected exhibitors at Orgatec 2010

Selected exhibitors at Orgatec 2010
October 26th will see the presentation at Orgatec in Cologne of all the new products for the design of offices and public spaces. A list of selected exhibitors tells you which manufacturers are attending, and where to find them.

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Pit stop with Bene

by Sophia Muckle

Pit stop with Bene
Major events often leave behind a void. It takes a little time to fill a vacuum again and in the case of Expo 2000 in Hanover, it seems this time has now come. Competence and creativity have now settled on the site which, seven years ago, was devoted to representation and discourse between countries.
Inside the cube can be fun

News & Stories | Orgatec 2012

Forecasting offices

by Thomas Edelmann

Forecasting offices
On the silver screen and at Orgatec, office environments are depicted as having a life of their own. What kind of image of reality do they convey? A rummage through the film archives and walkabout in the trade fair halls.
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What should offices be? A small town or a camping site?

News & Stories | Orgatec 2012

Thinking through building

by Jörg Zimmermann

Thinking through building
A site-specific installation by Canadian artist Cedric Bomford has radically changed the working environment in the large loft space that houses Stuttgart-based agency Dorten. The artist used found materials to create areas and installations that are surprisingly practical and have also given rise to a fundamental change in perspective.

News & Stories | Orgatec 2012

Selected exhibitors at Orgatec 2012

Selected exhibitors at Orgatec 2012
October 23rd will see the presentation at Orgatec in Cologne of all the new products for the design of offices and public spaces. A list of selected exhibitors tells you which manufacturers are attending, and where to find them.

Architecture | Featured Project

Communication hub

Communication hub
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Work wherever you want!<br>Office worlds 2010 – part 2: of sheds and queues of seats
Offices are increasingly turning into social centers. To make certain the stress of constant communication does not become too fierce and the office becomes a social flashpoint, the modern work nomad withdraws into a chic little shed or a new kind of basket-chair.
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The Return of the Phone Booth

by Nina Reetzke

The Return of the Phone Booth
Phone booths have more or less vanished from public space. Yet now they are returning in a changed shape - in offices. While they once served to provide access to phones, phone boxes now offer a touch of privacy in the world of today's open-plan offices.

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What Bauhaus could never have imagined

by Nina Reetzke

What Bauhaus could never have imagined
The latest tubular steel product from Thonet is a floor luminaire called "Lum". With its curved shape, it seems to bridge the gap between classic and contemporary tubular steel furniture. Let us take you on a tour of the history, spanning decades, of its development.