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Designer's Saturday - Office Design on Show

31 July 2008

For the first time in over 20 years , a group of office designers will be opening their showroom doors to showcase innovations in office design on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th September. Each of the 11 central London showrooms taking part will feature the best in office design and furniture and explore the different ways that today’s work environment is shaping workplace design and architecture.

Each participant has chosen a theme which is particularly relevant to them as a company and which offers both fun and educational elements. A flavour of what can be experienced at each showroom is as follows:

..Ahrend will be investigating ‘World wide working’, looking at how the global economy has affected working styles, design and technology.

..Bisley will be demonstrating how to combine stylish design with manufacturing and engineering, bringing elements of the factory to the showroom and unveiling a number of new products.

..Faram is asking ‘What’s so good about glass?’ showing the endless possibilities of using glass in the modern office.

..Herman Miller’s showroom will be transformed into a 1960's Formula 1 race track as part of a display of dedication to research and original design.

..Haworth will present ‘Home Sweet Home’, an interactive concept giving visitors the opportunity to design and construct their own building in an urban landscape.

..KI will be inviting visitors to interact with, and explore ideas relating to Time and Space - with a little help from Dr Who and a few of his associates. KI is also fully refurbishing its Showrooms. Giant Jenga challenges and Dalek racing also await you!

..Kinnarps has teamed up with the Royal College of Art (RCA) to bring ‘Welcoming Workplace’, a piece of research exploring the future workplace for an ageing population. The showroom is at Dryden Street, just off Long Acre.

..Knoll will be bringing its Liberty exhibition to the Smithfield showroom, showcasing 70 years of design alongside its latest collections.

..Sedus - Can the office look and sound good? This hot topic will be the focus at the Sedus showroom. Noise costs business a distracting £139bn and office workers can lose up to two hours each working day through broken concentration. Sedus, in association with Acoustic Comfort Ltd, will help you understand why acoustic issues cannot be ignored in designing comfortable and productive work spaces.

Steelcase will be looking at future generations of the workforce with a fascinating ‘Make Way For The Millennials’ theme, showcasing the latest technologies designed to cater for the newest generation of workers.

..Humanscale, which will be unveiling its new showroom on Northburgh Street in Clerkenwell.

The event aims to focus on more educational activities on the Friday, with many CPD accredited speeches. In contrast, the Saturday will offer more fun and family orientated activities. Visitors will be encouraged to travel between showrooms over one or two days, with transport provided.

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