The 2015 edition of the Salone del Mobile in Milan, from 14th to 19th April, will host Workplace3.0, a pioneering exhibition that is the natural evolution of SaloneUfficio, built around an innovative concept and featuring a special project conceived by Michele De Lucchi, in a natural progression from Jean Nouvel’s 2013 event “Project: office for living.”
Workplace3.0 is an exhibition that brings the various components of the office environment together in one single space (from furnishing to finishing touches, utilities, technology, lighting, acoustics and climate control). Everything professionals need when designing turnkey solutions (from major new-build suppliers to small and medium-sized office furnishings).
An exhibition space crammed with design ideas and triggers for inhabiting workplaces in their myriad present-day forms. As Michele De Lucchi says: “Technology has changed everything, leaving us freer to organise things the way we want them and enabling us to work anywhere, at home, in the train or even in the park.”
This new exhibition concept is geared to the fact that the nature of work changes and keeps on changing. New types of work have emerged, along with new ways of working, new workspaces and new design demands for making them ‘liveable’, with offices that have increasingly become spaces for social interchange, meetings and co-existence.
“The Salone del Mobile becomes an expression of these new trends”, says Marco Predari, President of Assufficio. “In response to requests from both manufacturers and operators, the Salone del Mobile is showcasing a new exhibition concept, focusing on design and technology in workplace planning.” The companies will interpret these changes within their dedicated space, together at times, coming up with complete design solutions.
“We should think of the workspace as a gymnasium for the mind, conceiving it as a place where relationships generate new ideas and possibilities. Offices of the future should be visualised with the focus on lifestyles unfettered by convention, evolving spaces that perpetuate an endless stream of new ideas”, says architect Michele De Lucchi.
De Lucchi is the author of “The Walk”, an event to be showcased in the middle of the Workplace3.0 pavilions, aimed at transmitting design suggestions and thoughts specifically targeted at the workplace.