FROM 9th MARCH TO 9th APRIL 2017 / SAINT-ÉTIENNE TOURIST INFORMATION OFFIE
Our idea of work is changing… now office furniture needs to adapt !
Flexibility, conviviality, fun, comfort and health are the keywords of this new order. Acoustic panels and sofas are taking off. The disappearance of cabinets highlights the ushering in of the digital age. A reinvention of office furniture that offers furniture designers and makers a range of possibilities.
Several new generations are taking the reins, bringing a decompartmentalised approach, in project mode, and in free-electron mode for the youngest. They have less of a sense of hierarchy, a nomadic spirit, and more personal and informal workplace relations. They are redefining their four universes, which are now far-removed from the early 20th century Taylorism still present in many open spaces.
The “Nomadic Mercenaries”
In the digital age, they know that you can work anywhere, and the freedom they have won from fixed spaces also makes them want independence from one permanent employer. Fixed-term contracts, temporary work, freelancing and project work are their bread and butter. They value flexible, minimalist co-working spaces, but also adaptable spaces, with mobile layouts.
The “Office Gamers”
Life is a game, the computer is their console, and the screen is their theatre. Game players are intuitive and fast, patience is not their strong suit. Everything has to be moving, all the time. No office assigned to them, a wide range of opportunities: working alone, in groups, in pairs, via audio and video conference...
The “Family Spirits”
Working like they’re at home, in a family, perhaps even wearing slippers like Swedish people do so as not to ruin their lovely carpets. The office is first and foremost a living space, a space for sharing and exchanging where comfort and aesthetics encourage productivity and happiness. They prefer the friendly spaces usually associated with home…
The “Office Epicureans”
Mens sana in corpore sano; whether they’re sporty or enjoy the good things in liefe, they think that health is paramount and that it boosts productivity, rather than harming it. Once again, but for different reasons than for others, mobility and variety are key words. A number of arrangements offer the possibility of a more open relationship with the office day...
Exposition curator :
Jean Paul Bath, Executive Director of VIA)
Participating designers and makers :
Perrine Vigneron, Gilles Belley, La Manufacture du Design, Christian Horner, Bene, Ecole Boulle, Majencia, Roger Tallon, Eurosit, Iratzoki Lizaso, Sokoa, Normal Studio, Steelcase
Exhibition from 9th March to 9th April 2017
Saint-Étienne Tourist Information Office – 16 Avenue de la Libération – 42000 Saint-Étienne
Opening hours : Monday to Sunday, from 10am to 6:30pm
Information : 04 77 49 39 00