Opening up the office with BoConcept's planning tools for professionals

The danish company's wealth of online resources supports planners in creating attractive work environments that promote activity-based working – just like its own HQ in Herning…

The advantage of activity-based working

BoConcept welcomes ABW as it closely relates to their own convictions of how big an influence interior surroundings have on our general wellbeing. In Herning, if you need silence to concentrate, you can sit down quietly in the ‘Library’, and if you are meeting up with colleagues for a discussion or a brainstorm, you head to the ‘Collab & Project Room’. As McGuinness elaborates: ‘ABW is all about employee empowerment and the flexibility to choose the environment that makes them most productive, and this benefit far outweighs the conventional static office desk environment. ABW encourages cross-functional working and injects fresh thinking and perspectives across departments.’ Denmark is well known for its culture of flat workplace hierarchies, where people relate to one another as equals regardless of job titles and formal positions. At BoConcept, this working culture thrives through ABW: ‘All levels of employees from top management to student workers live the ABW principles,’ says McGuinness, ‘It opens up huge opportunities for knowledge sharing, relationship building and common understanding across all levels of the organisation – one day you are sitting next to the CEO discussing business performance and the next you’re getting insight into the product design process!’

BoConcepts modern HQ office space with employees, computers, plants, and a brown Carmo sofa.

**It opens up huge opportunity for knowledge sharing, relationship building and common understanding across all levels of the organisation**

Hygge in Tokyo

A few years back, the BoConcept Aoyama office in Tokyo was also re-designed with an ABW approach. The office space, fully furnished with BoConcept products, works both as an office for the company’s staff and as a showroom that is open to corporate customers. The space offers a live experience of how much the furniture design, the materials and colour choices impact the atmosphere, people’s mood and activity. With niches of soft lounge seating, warm colour tones, exotic green plants and delicate pendant lights, the Danish term ‘hygge’ has been implemented to underline BoConcept’s proposal of a ‘work as you live’ working style.

Tools for creating ABW environments

BoConcept is recognised for its vast collection of highly customisable and modular pieces that can be adapted to multiple spaces and purposes, but is also on hand when it comes to providing support with planning and research. Professionals need look no further than the contract area of BoConcept's website to discover a comprehensive planning resource that includes B2B business tools, downloads and design inspiration.

In the new online product lookbook, for example, an extensive portfolio of products suited to the contract market is made accessible. This I-paper catalogue can be used as a tool to explore and discover different ways to configure an interior layout as well as how to best combine materials and finishes and, together with the helpful library of 3D drawings, represents a perfect guide for anyone who may be curious about setting up their own ABW environment.

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