The workspace of tomorrow: a new blend of the virtual and the physical, of sharing and individuality, of interior and exterior, of the personal and the social. The Salone del Mobile Workplace 3.0 show, dedicated to workplace environments, returns between 4th and 9th April 2017. Rebranded Workplace3.0 in 2015, this exhibition confirms its new vocation as an exploration of brand-new approaches, forms and solutions to the workplace “of the future”, in which the human factor and smart technologies have a vital role to play.
Workplace 3.0 : An irreplaceable think tank
The 2017 edition of Workplace3.0 spans a 10,000 m2 display area and occupies two pavilions (22 and 24), hosting some 92 exhibitors that will be showcasing
solutions catering to new approaches to work and new design needs so that we can truly “live” our workspaces. A Joyful Sense at Work, an event/exhibit curated by Cristiana Cutrona first announced in 2016, will be part of this exhibition, giving form and life to the latest theories of office product and workspace design.
Workplace3.0 is conceived as an irreplaceable think tank for finding out about and
understanding upcoming necessary changes to workspaces, going beyond the most widely held opinions and putting all of our certainties up for discussion. More thanjust an exhibition, it is a starting point for stimulating forward-looking ideas capable of catering to a changing market and changing needs. Furniture and furnishings manufacturers will be showcasing their finest products designed for procurement plans, reception areas and office spaces.
Salone del Mobile is a springboard for exhibitors
With all this in its DNA, Workplace3.0 is an excellent business springboard for Italian and international exhibitors. Italian companies are forging ahead, seeing a positive export growth trend. With more than €80 million worth of exports, France is the no. 1 export market. In the first ten months of 2016, Italian office furniture companies achieved exceptional results in the United Kingdom (+28.5%) and in the United States (+30.4%), the world’s two most important contract and design markets.
As well as the business opportunities it offers, Workplace3.0 is set up as a wellspring of ideas, reflecting and promoting the very redefinition of the idea of the office as no longer a place of mere production-led efficiency but as a permeable and dynamic habitat for work sharing and cross-pollination with other activities. Workplaces are becoming organic, capable of reacting and changing in real-time to cater to our needs. Moment by moment, these spaces are defined more by the needs of the people who work there than by classic workplace environment functions.
The workplace of the future is hybrid
Within the macro framework of this expression of ever-more hybrid lifestyles – in
which the border between private and working life, personal interests and
competencies, social life and professional life are all blending into one another – the emerging trend is for offices to be the ultimate place for pushing the design envelope.
Workspaces are being conceived as open, destructured places without fixed
workplaces as companies turn to smart co-working solutions. With their hallmark
informal environments and reconfigurable furnishings that cater to the needs of the moment, shared workspaces have become fertile ground for the circulation of ideas and creative energies, and places for incubating innovation.
The workplace of the future is nomadic
Offices are going nomadic, following professionals wherever they may roam. Mobile “portable” modules are coming to market that can be installed where they are needed, whether it be a domestic garden or an open public space. A consequence of the great liquidity of contemporary lifestyles is an increasing overlap between living space and workspace, with homes and home furnishings adapting to dual home/office use. This explains why companies are showcasing aesthetic codes of domesticity while at the same time ensuring high levels of ease and salubrity, not just through meticulous research into lighting and the adoption of cognitive and physical ergonomic solutions but also thanks to areas dedicated to relaxation and meditation, pods and places to lie down and rest, as well as equipment for sports and leisure.
The workplace of the future is customizable
A new approach to customisation is gaining ground so that not just whoever works in a room personalises it, but rather spaces are built on a bespoke basis to take into account human and professional relations on the basis of specific values and needs such as environmental and economic sustainability.
The workplace of the future is human centric
The 2017 edition of Workplace3.0 introduces this highly human-centric approach to the places we work in and showcases design solutions conceived to positively impact our work-life balance and motivation by ensuring that the places we work are a “nice place to be”.
Salone del Mobile : April 4-9 – Milan