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  1. Creating the Cool #4 John Van Hamersveld’s Endless Summer

    Graphic designer and artist John Van Hamersveld played such an important role in bringing surfing culture into the mainstream that he was recently inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame on Huntington Beach. But that’s not the only important role he’s played. His bold, colourful style has also become synonymous...

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  2. Creating the Cool #3 Saul Bass Goes to Hollywood

    One of the great American graphic designers of the 20th century, Saul Bass (1920–96) reinvented Hollywood title credits whilst also dreaming up movie posters, album covers and corporate logos for the modern world. His rare talent for combining iconic forms and bold colours in order to convey a powerful message...

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  3. Workspace of the Week – The Movember Foundation, London

    This week, we’re turning our attention to the newly designed offices for the Movember Foundation. Located in London, these offices were designed by CCWS Interiors, with this being the second project CCWS has undertaken with this company. CCWS Interiors worked closely with the Movember management team on this back-to-the-brick office...

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  4. Creating the Cool #2 Muriel Coleman’s Minimalist Grids

    In the peaceful years following World War II, American furniture designer Muriel Coleman (1917–2003) took the simple industrial materials available at the time and used them to make a new aesthetic for the modern world. Though originally a New Yorker, Coleman settled in Oakland Hills in the Bay Area of...

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  5. Workspace of the Week – Gensler, San Diego

    Gensler, architect and design firm, recently worked with Dempsey Construction to design a new and innovative office for their San Diego workspace. This new space, which features multiple collaboration areas, highlights the firm’s commitment to well-being and enhances connectivity to the community. This creative project transformed the envelope of a...

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  6. Creating the Cool #1 Deborah Sussman’s Rainbow Islands

    Introducing the first designer of our Creating the Cool series… Graphic and environmental designer Deborah Sussman (1931–2014) is renowned not only for her mastery of colour but also for the way she applied graphics to interiors, exteriors and even whole cities, dressing them up so that they looked quite magical....

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  7. Workspace of the Week, Land Collective – Philadelphia

    Philadelphia based landscape architect firm, Land Collective, recently asked Dragani Martone Studio to design their new studio into a space which allows for connectivity throughout every area of the building. The new design for their studio was realised through a series of restrained architectural interventions and vertical expansion of the...

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  8. Creating the Cool #Intro

    Join us on our inspirational tour through California, where we’ll introduce you to our most influential designers… California Cool was one of the most inspiring design movements of the 20th century, bringing a wide variety of creative influencers from the 1940s onwards. Many of our own furniture products here at...

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  9. Workspace of the Week, Virgin Mobile – Dubai

    Virgin Mobile recently launched their brand in the UAE and needed an office space which captures the casual and creative ethos of the brand. So they called upon Schwitzke & Partners team, who had previously delivered successful concepts for the Virgin Megastore brand, to create a space that reflected the...

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  10. When Is a Wall Not a Wall?

    Workspaces are becoming smaller. In 1985, the average workspace was 400 square feet per employee. By 2030, it’s expected to be only 150 square feet. This means that office space is going to have to be used much more efficiently; storage space, in particular, is going to have to change....

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  11. Workspace of The Week – WeWork, NYC

    WeWork is a company known for providing startups, creatives and self-employed professionals with innovative and exciting co-working spaces which allow them to concentrate on what matters the most – their business. Most recently WeWork opened up a new co-working campus in Midtown, East New York. This New York office space...

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  12. Top 10 Ways to Improve the Employee Experience

    As discovered in our recent blog “The Employee is Always Right”, it is crucial to master employee experience in the workplace. Improving employee experience not only increases productivity, reduces turnover and helps attract the best talent, but it also means that happy employees will be creating a happier experience for...

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  13. Workspace of the Week – Trend Micro, Austin

    Security software company Trend Micro recently enlisted the help of Lauckgroup to redesign their workspace in Austin after acquiring the Austin-based division of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. Trend Micro wanted a space that would maximise the value of this acquisition and fully integrate the two teams. Lauckgroup redesigned over 75,000-square-feet...

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  14. Voilà! Bienvenue Chic!

    “It doesn’t matter whether it’s a chair or a hotel,” explains renowned French designer Christophe Pillet, “I think about why I am making it, what can I bring?” We’ve been fans of Pillet’s work for a while now, so we’re delighted to bring you three new furniture collections he’s just...

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  15. Workspace of the Week, Tata Motors

    The beautifully designed office of Tata Motors in Mumbai, India is a workspace we can all be jealous of! Designed by Sankalpan Infrastructure, this modern space embodies the values of both brands in its innovative, time-defying nature. Inspired by the essence of the company itself, a successful automotive manufacturer, Tata...

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  16. Workspace of the Week, TransferWise – London

    This week we’re turning our attention towards the incredibly cool offices of the financial technology company, TransferWise, whose offices can be found in Shoreditch, London. The interior design firm ThirdWay Interiors were in charge of giving this space a brand new design, and going into the design process noted that...

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  17. The Employee Is Always Right

    Employee experience is the biggest trend in the workplace today, and its importance is only expected to grow in the coming years. Improving the employee experience is good for business as it increases productivity, reduces turnover and helps attract the best talent. Millennials, in particular, expect their dream job to...

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  18. Workspace of the Week, Missguided – Manchester

    The office of the incredibly popular brand Missguided looks more like a Pinterest board made by a fashion student than it does a traditional office. Which is probably why it’s hugely popular with both employees and long-time fans of the online fashion retailer! Missguided’s headquarters, based in Manchester, was designed...

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  19. Workspace of the Week, Droids on Roids – Poland

    Droids on Roids, a mobile app development company based in Poland, hired interior design firm mode:lina to create their incredibly cool offices, which can be found in a historic townhouse in the centre of Wroclaw. Droids on Roids flagship products are mobile applications that are developed for clients all around...

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  20. Workspace of the Week, AutoTrader – London

    This week we’re focusing on the London offices of the automotive online marketplace AutoTrader, whose workspace nods to the company’s British and motoring heritage, complete with a scene from The Italian Job in one of the corridors! The 14,000 square foot office, designed and fit out by Claremont Group Interiors,...

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  21. The Plywood Revolution

    The use of plywood furniture for interiors is having something of a moment, most notably in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s new show, Plywood: Material of the Modern World, which provides a potted history of plywood through more than 120 objects ranging from planes, boats, cars and houses to some...

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  22. Workspace of the Week – Shutterstock, New York

    Shutterstock is one of the fastest growing image sites around – so it makes sense that they would have such a visually pleasing office. Since moving to their new location in the Empire State Building a few years ago, Shutterstock now has one of the coolest spaces around. STUDIOS Architecture...

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  23. Workspace of the Week – Mercedes-Benz, Thailand

    Some spaces just ooze a certain high-class quality, and you can expect no less from the new Mercedes-Benz head offices in Bangkok, Thailand. The new space was inspired by one of their founders, Mr Gottlieb Daimler, who once sent a postcard to his wife and wrote that one day the...

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  24. Workspace of the Week – Atlassian, Sydney

    Aussies always seem to be so calm and chilled out, don’t they? Maybe it’s because of the all of the beaches and the sun, but maybe it’s also because they have some seriously cool office spaces… Atlassian, the Australian-based tech company, has just opened up their new offices in Sydney...

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  25. 1970s Postmodernism Design – No More Boundaries, No More Rules

    By the 1970s there was a reaction against modernism. A new wave of playful, iconoclastic postmodern designers reacted against its purity by offering an alternative vision for design that was warmer, more colourful, more experimental and more fun. While modernism had been based on principles of clarity and simplicity, postmodernism was...

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  26. Workspace of the Week – Axiom Law, NYC

    If someone asked you to picture a law office then you’d probably imagine quite a traditional, stuffy and maybe even a boring space, wouldn’t you? Well, whilst this week’s workspace of the week might be a law office, it’s anything but boring. NYC-based law firm Axiom Law is a company...

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  27. The Mid-Century Design Influence from 1950s London

    After the war the mood in London was one of change, which reflected particularly in London design. Postwar homes were smaller so furniture needed to be more compact and practical, and more straightforward to produce in order to keep up with the demands of a rising population – all of...

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