As the modern workforce evolves, so too must the spaces they occupy. This is the philosophy that drives Toni Piskac, Interior Architect and Workplace Consultant at tnpx, a Berlin and Leipzig-based studio for office consultancy and interior design. With his extensive experience, including a recent project redesigning Fritz Hansen Headquarters, Piskac spoke with Fritz Hansen to share insights into the critical aspects of successful office planning in 2023. "Good office design can create the right framework for [success]. But of course, the design is essential. The office should support healthy work, enable interaction and offer inspiration."
Stressing the importance of balancing focused and interactive work and creating the right offerings, for Piskac this includes room structures for the alternation of open and closed offices, the right acoustics, lighting, colours, materials, and furnishings. “Furniture is the connecting point between space and people and where companies can express the value they give to their employees.”
Part of creating a sense of belonging in a workplace comes down to the functional pieces of furniture that impact – psychologically and physically – how people interact and react to space and people. Marie-Louise Høstbo, Creative Design Director at Fritz Hansen looks to the Egg chair and the specific design’s psychological effect: “The Egg chair was created for an open lounge area by Arne Jacobsen. With the chair Jacobsen created a private space within a large space. From the chair you could overlook the lounge area and still feel intimate and caressed by the design of the chair.” As furniture is, in the truest sense of the word, the point of contact between space and people, then there are two essential factors to consider: Quality and Interaction. The quality inherent in office furniture reflects the value that the company places in employees. Secondly, the interaction that any particular furniture encourages or dissuades is an all-important consideration at the office design phase if a workplace setting is to fulfill a desired purpose. As companies are realising the impact of good office design, Høstbo confirms the shift in mindset is felt at the manufacturing level: “Currently we’re experiencing an interest in bringing shapes and tactility into commercial spaces, and here the Fritz Hansen collections are of contemporary relevance.” She continues, “The commercial collection at Fritz Hansen is and must continue to be functional, flexible and extraordinary. The distinct shapes of several pieces in the collection stand out in larger public spaces.”