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Remapping the Workplace

The future requires thoughtful, intentional planning, along with highly adaptable products to create a “future fit office”. These 7 Design Principles guide decisions to remap the workplace for a future fit office that stands up to change, remaining agile and viable for all plausible futures.

As troubled as the year past has been, this global disruption may also spur positive change and renew a common sense of purpose. At Teknion, we’re reminded that the future is always a place of uncertainty and the single constant is change — as transformative as wireless connectivity or as harrowing as the pandemic. We’re more aware than ever of the need to partner with our clients in order to adapt to a future we cannot predict, but for which we can prepare.

Change is inevitable, whether slow and steady or as sudden as a cloudburst. All of human society has just experienced an enormous structural change in a very short time. We now need to dedicate ourselves to gathering intelligence and becoming informed about new corporate directions, new technologies, and social and economic shifts. As we consider what the new post-pandemic workplace will look and feel like, we need to be “Future Smart.”

At Teknion, we aim to be Future Smart, providing products for a “future fit” office that remains proof against change. We believe that once again people will come together in the office to collaborate and forge bonds, working side by side to achieve individual and collective goals. While many will elect to work remotely when a deep focus is required, people will also seek the comfort of presence in a place dedicated to making the most of our human qualities of creativity, cooperation, and aspiration.

The “Future Fit Office”

The future requires thoughtful, intentional planning, along with highly adaptable products in order to create a “future fit” office that remains viable for all plausible futures. Integrated with interior architecture, Teknion products are designed to create an agile work environment that serves all those who occupy the office and the many ways that people work.

  • Accommodates the rhythm of change with mobile, modular, and multi-functional products that maximize flexibility.
  • Provides for choice, serving both privacy and the desire to converse and collaborate.
  • Adapts to new needs with furniture designed to move here and migrate there.
  • Allows users to make and unmake spaces to think, meet, and create.
  • Achieves a proper balance of fashion and longevity.
  • Addresses comfort, safety, security, and good health through a human-centered design approach.

As we all chart a course to the future, Teknion offers the below design principles as guidelines that we and our clients can use in the present—not only as a means to meet immediate requirements but as a way to make ready for a range of future scenarios that may lie ahead.

7 Design Principles

  1. Destination: Collaboration
  2. 60% Presence, 100% Participation
  3. Flexible Timelines
  4. Choose Your Experience
  5. Frame of Reference
  6. Add Fashion to Function
  7. Meeting to Meditation

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