Published on : Thursday, November 3, 2016
Nendo‘s ‘Rolling Workspaces’ installation for Japanese furniture manufacturer KOKUYO presents a move away from the square, regimented office environment. Based on the presumption that redefining the square whiteboard, which is a common fixture used in every office, will create an environment that will encourage creativity, the whiteboard was transformed into a circular shape. This allowed the board to be rolled around freely in the office, where it can be placed against the walls.
Moreover, it was hoped that the new shape will encourage people to jot down their ideas not in a linear form but chained in a spiral form or spread out in a radial form. Matching desks, benches and high counters were also designed with slits cut into them, allowing the whiteboards to be effortlessly fixed as a divider. The reverse sides of the whiteboards were finished off with fabric, serving as a panel with some sound absorbing properties. This idea was not only applied to furniture but also space.
It was considered that whiteboards could be used as “stands” that divides the rooms slotted into a slit in the floor, or used as “doors” for a separate room or a shelf, or several whiteboards were filed into the several slits situated in the walls. These various slits could be utilized as bicycle stands, and it could also be envisaged that the bicycles brought to work could also be brought straight to the desk. The aim was to achieve a dynamic work space that would enhance the rotation of the brain coupled with the rolling whiteboard.