To furnish Gensler's new European headquarters, the firm collaborated with Fantoni on the development of furniture that promotes collaboration and creative flux.
The project's leading collaborators video-conferenced several times a week and included the Gensler London design director, the product development leader of Gensler Los Angeles, and the Fantoni product development team. The Fantoni team is part of the 137-year-old brand established by Achille Fantoni, a leader in the design of office furniture, partition and storage walls, MDF and chipboard sheet, melamine flooring and sound-absorbant panels. Today, the brand emphasizes wellbeing, R&D and 'total design', making the collaboration with Gensler a welcome challenge.
Atelier was developed on casters for 250 workstations and includes the mobile pinboard, which had already become a key architectural feature in the London office space because it allows employees to hold meetings anywhere they wish. The panel can be detached as needed, including any notes or materials mood boards, and ported or hung on a bookcase for additional sharing. The mobile pinboard has activated the bookcase and altered Gensler's office design as it has become the central element around which all the other furniture in the space is developed.
Furniture is one of the most important enablers for successful agile working
Atelier enables Gensler to leave its office radically open and allow its creative staff to configure their own workspaces to the way they work, who they're working with and what they're working on.
The adaptability of Atelier facilitates collaboration and simplifies the configuration (and ongoing reconfiguration) of workspace. It allows Gensler to leave the layout of its interiors as open as possible, in lieu of breaking floors up into individual offices.
'We aimed to create a flexible and adaptive environment, with very little fixed space, giving employees the power to make the space their own,' says Gensler design director Philippe Paré. 'Agile working is a mindset. It’s about giving people the choice and freedom to choose the best place to work. Furniture is one of the most important enablers for successful agile working.'