Known as one of the founders of digital illustration, John Hersey has created a mural (displayed prominently in our showroom) that uses stylized graphics to convey the complexity of today’s office − a landscape of diverse activities difficult to capture in a single photograph. While this mural evokes language tools, it’s context that matters. Every element of design functions in concert with all of those around it. Color and texture, the furniture and finishes create a visual language. Scale and form are instant communication. Materials such as wood, metal and textiles are tied to the language of sensation and significance.
Teknion's 2019 showroom considers three types of work cultures − how they differ, how they are alike, how the culture feels and how it is expressed through space design and furniture application. We call these Agile, Aligned and Astute.
The work culture we call Agile thrives on action. In this culture, people move nimbly from one task to another and from place to place without fixed address: exchanging one’s place at a desk to sharing a sofa, from gathering at a table to finding a quiet corner or booth to escape the buzz. Ultimately, the furniture and the space represent a culture that serves people who seek a high level of participation and collaboration.
Stable structure, proven processes and a narrative that informs culture are characteristics of an aligned company culture. An aligned work environment addresses the broad spectrum of work. This is a varied and amenity-rich workplace, one that enables group work and protects privacy. Equally, the design of the office, its format and furnishings, should allow the company to evolve and transform over time.
Prominent, long-established astute companies prove the merit of rigor in doing business, yet many also see value in loosening organizational structures and relaxing the formality of the workplace, if not the work ethic. Rather than building a culture, time-honored companies may lean towards preserving culture, maintaining the norms of behavior and a traditional workplace. At the same time, most leaders know that a healthy culture needs to evolve, to be adroit enough to adapt when change can propel business forward. Many established firms are now looking for creative ways to integrate new workstyles and workplace formats to create a less “stuffy” office.