By Roxane KANDELL
Project conceptor at ISSADESIGN
Recently, I participated at the Index-design conferences on the kitchen of tomorrow. It is around the minimization and the model for the future, that guests and speakers were able to discuss.
It is this word that differentiates our desires from our needs and brings us back to the necessary, the essential.
It is under this theme that I want to share my last thoughts related to the design of the environment. Here are 3 essential factors for the success of tomorrow's design that will be illustrated by examples from the creation of the new offices of Cascades Carton Group in New Jersey.
We consume twice as much material than 50 years ago.
-The secret of stuff, réalisé par Louis Fox (2007)
SIMPLICITY: Minimize the useless
It is because of the simplicity that we can detach ourselves from material desires. This list of office equipment that is given to us often represents the material desires of the customer, but the design process encompasses much more than a selection of furniture. As a designer, we try to discover the needs of the company at all levels. To do this, we must understand why a customer wants to change his environment. Our job will be to offer planning solutions that will allow employees to evolve in an environment that will meet their needs ... even in the future.
The Cascades conference room offers a minimum of equipment for a maximum of functions. For example, the lighting also contributes to the acoustical needs of the room. The felted luminaire material absorbs sound, voice and vibrations while having a bold aesthetic.
SUSTAINABILITY: Minimizing our environmental impact
In the era of collaborative and nomadic work, active spaces that we create are focused on movement, participation and lasting relationships. when creating the aesthetic concept, it is the selection of furniture and materials that makes a lasting link between the environment and the users. The stronger the link, the more concrete the concept and the longer the design.
The minimalist design proposal at Cascades is reflected even in floor coverings. For example, the carpet has several functions in a single material. In addition to being acoustic, it contributes to respect for nature. For these reasons, among other things, we installed an Interface carpet tile. This company has reduced its carbon production to zero by recycling their own carpet ... and believes (as we do) in the design of tomorrow!
WELL-BEING: Minimizing weariness
It is natural for ISSADESIGN to put the human at the heart of the design process. The satisfaction and well-being of our clients are one of our most satisfying sources of motivation. It is during the creation of the design concept that their needs are translated into the space in order to allow him to live happily in an environment that resembles him. The well-being of the occupants go through, not only ergonomics, but also the flexibility of the place that adapts to the tasks of the user.
Biophilia has been the mainstay of Cascades office design in New Jersey. The 14 models in the guide were considered for the sake of well-being in order to increase employee satisfaction with their work. This is how ISSADESIGN was able to use its minimization concepts to increase the well-being of the company's employees by simplifying the space through sustainable management principles.